Paris. A beautiful city of lights, parks, world famous buildings and monuments, fashion, cuisine and a wonderful language. We had rain and cold weather with a top of 15 degress for the duration of our seven night stay. We rented a cute little apartment located in the 1st arrondissment that was only a five minute walk to the Louvre and even better only minutes from a fabulous boulangerie, french for bakery. The sites we visted included the Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Champ Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Versailles.
Before we left we learnt all the language basics and had no problems at all, we got around with cabs and the metro. Once you learn how the metro works it’s fabulous and so cheap!
We also spent two days on photo shoots, one you have already seen and another one of Russ and I. We hired the amazingly talented Sergey Ivanov, a fabulous photographer from the Ukraine. Who by they way didn’t speak any English. I wore a stunning little pink dress covered in white lace created by the always amazing Kel from Kel-Leigh Couture. No photos yet, but I promise to share them when they come through.
Before we headed to the south of France we dropped by Freiburg Germany to pick up mum for our next chapter. As we headed south the scenery changed, less green more arid, a dryer warmer climate. The buildings also changed with classic terracotta roofing starting to appear everywhere and rocky outcrops starting to emerge from the ground. Our destination was a gorgeous little B&B just outside Avignon called Domain De Rhodes.
Avignon is a lovely little town surrounded by an enormous brick wall protecting the city. It is also known as the “City of Popes” due to many Popes through out history residing there. We also visited the awe inspiring Pont Du Gard . Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and also the best preserved.
At breakfast after chatting to some of the other guests we were told that we must spend a day visiting Gordes. Gordes? I had never heard of the place. We took their advice and as we drove into the town it took our breath away, a stunning small town perched on the edge of a hill. Now this is how I imagined the south of France to look. As we sat on a terrace soaking up the view, enjoying a five star lunch with mum and Russ I couldn’t help but think life doesn’t get much better than this.
Our next stop is Monaco but I will be blogging the Netherlands first as Russ and I dashed up there for a 3 night stay.
Enjoy the photos. Au Revoir
My favourite was the pink one a daily ritual when in Paris.
The famous padlock bridge in Paris, the idea is to lock the padlock to the bridge make a wish and throw the keys in the river.
Laduree! My favourite shop.
This is how cold and wet it was most of the time, only us silly Aussies would sit in the freezing rain enjoying the open bus tour.
The Louvre, a must see. We only saw the Mona Lisa and the ancient history side of the museum. I can’t get over how many people visit this place every day. If you are ever planning to visit the Louvre don’t line up outside the main entrance where the Pyramids are. There was a four hour queue when we were there. Instead enter via the underground shopping centre Carrousel du Louvre, at 99 rue de Rivoli.
Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
Arc de Triomphe and the fabulous view from the top.
A spot of night photography starting at the Louvre …
… and finishing at the Eiffel Tower
Cobble stone roads at the entry to Versaillies however most of Europe is lke this, not the best for walking.
The Hall of Mirrors – AH MAZING!
Our local super market / liquor shop just a minute from our front door.
Inside the city walls of Avignon
I LOVE carousels!
The front windows of our B&B so pretty, I just love that vine.
Gordes – to see this place in person is just breath taking.