The city of light at the last …and then it was a foggy morning in France, as we covered the last few kilometres to Paris.
Travel by train is an education in the places in-between
And to the south again…
Ruins, Obelisks, Ice Cream and Van Gogh
Architecture in the Style of Brutal…
…Or a visit to Alphaville
Impressionists in the key of Cezanne
Eze, the Village in the Sky Our last morning in Nice we picked up the hire car for the next leg of our trip to Marseilles then promptly headed the […]
Versailles by Night The last evening of our last night in Paris and we were on the RER train again for our second and evening visit to Versailles.
Rainstorms and Water Gardens – Giverny and Monet Though we’d bought tickets online for Giverny we debated the value of a whole day spent on a visit, but in the […]
Visiting The Trianon and Petite Trianon There’s a saying that Louis XIV built Versailles for his court, Marly for his friends and the Grande Trianon for his family.
Kicking Back on the Grand Canal The garden of Versailles is laid out along monumental lines, so after admiring the garden’s titanic perspectives from the steps of the Chateux we […]
A visit to Versailles, part one of several.
Well I mentioned at the start that this day turned out to be our Día de los Muertos in Paris so we ended our day at the Pantheon.
Zacharie Astruc’s Merchant of the Masks with the masks of Hugo, Gambetta, Dumas, Delacroix, Carpeaux, Corot, Berlioz, Faure, Balzac, and Barbey d’ Aurevilly around its base. But I liked the summer […]
Escaped from the dusty necropolis of the catacombs into the summer heat of a stormy afternoon we jumped the metro at Mouton Duvernet and headed across town to Jardin Luxembourg.
Just around the corner from Sacre Coeur is the small, but excellent, eSpace Dali museum. Dali came to Montmartre to see the windmills and stayed to work on his Don […]
Paris is also a city of dark labyrinths Down the circular stairwell you wind, past the marks and signs left by the surveyor’s of this realm, and deep into limestone […]
Truth be told, we’d meant to visit the Montmartre cemetery on our first day, but walked right over the top of it without realising. So this morning we decided we’d visit with some of the more permanent residents of Paris. In fact the day turned out to be our ‘day of the dead’.
Found, above a doorway in St Germain.
Dinner at La Maison Rose.
To the south the northern face of Les Invalides seen from the rue de l’universite. And looking the other way (north) towards the Pont Alexander III.
So as Les Invalides is just across the road from The Musee Rodin we thought we’d pay our respects to le petit corporal.
A visit to the Hotel Biron on a hot summer day.
A (presumably) Greek war ram holds up a lamp outside the Palais Garnier
Somehow the possibility of rounding the corner and coming face to face with the Phantom of the Palais Garnier seemed to demand that I bring my trusty Hipstamatic and take some snaps of this second empire opera house.
Our Musee Louvre guerrilla campaign.
So we we finished the day with a cruise along the Seine. A great way to give the feet a rest while seeing a bit more of Paris, and its […]
So after overdosing a little on Impressionists we adjourned to the cafe Les Deux Magots for a little bit of history, a glass of wine and some people watching. Jean-Paul […]
We came to the paintings, and the paintings were there. Arriving on the doorstep of the Musee D’Orsay and decided to sit down on the front steps and have lunch, […]
Is there anything better than walking along the banks of Seine on a warm summer afternoon with your love?
By the time we’d had lunch the early morning cloud had started to clear so we decided to go exploring the Ile de la Cite a little more. We found […]
Walk across the Pont au Double and you’re standing on the left bank facing the church of St Julien le Pauvre. Curious fact, the church is Melkite, their eastern catholics […]
In a city of boulevards of monumental scale there’s something very nice about the heart of the city and the nation remaining as a little medieval island anchored to the modernity by a few bridges.
A visit to Notre Dame (Pt 1)
Meeting Dominique Pinon in the Metro.
Our place in Montmartre
Herewith the contents of my pocket after our first full day of adventuring in Paris.
PAris in the afternoon from the basilica of Sacre Coeur.
Making our way home on the first day we took the twelve line to Abbesses and walked up to Pl. St Pierre. Then a quick ride to the top on […]
Well our visit to the garden was enjoyable if a little disjointed, we hopped off the metro at the Tuileries stop with the intention of visiting the L’Orangerie. Of course we […]
The Arc de Triomphe.
In high season the best time to visit Monsieur Eiffel’s tower is either early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds. Ah Paris, the city […]
Walking down the hill at Montmartre following the funicular then down the rue de Steinkerque you quickly descend into the slightly edgier part of Montmartre. While it’s been cleaned up […]
One of the good things, perhaps the only good thing, about jet lag is that when you wake up, you really really wake up.