Ok then - we off to the city of Paris. These were from our trip in August 2003 - there are a couple of major sights that we didn't visit on that occasion, but I have photos elsewhere, I'll try to include those at the end (if I can find them
My daughter had just received her exam results (that day!) and we had delivered her to the railway station with her big brother as they were all off to a weekend pop music festival. As soon as we got them to the station - we got in the car and drove straight to the airport. 50 minutes flight later - we were in Paris.
We stayed near the Opera on Boulevard Haussman and had two and a half days there. We walked - BOY did we walk. We calculated our routes and walked 30 MILES in the two and a half days!!! I almost walked hubby's legs off
. So you'll see me wearing trainers (sneakers) everywhere. Better get your walking shoes on guys!!!
The first morning we walked up to Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur from our hotel.
Then we walked around the corner. See those buildings just under the trees on the left? That's where we're going. Into the artists' district in Montmartre.
Yep - hubby took some of these - so you get me in them again!!
Hubby doesn't get away scott-free - here he is - posing next to the wine shop
A lovely quiet residential road in Montmartre
Les Moulins de la Galettes - where Renoir painted the pictures of dances. If you're not familiar with the painting follow this link: http://www.theartgallery.com.au/ArtE...ir/moulins.jpg
The dances were held through that archway - but we can't go in their anymore
. However - just for a bit of excitement - see all those people in the shot? Well - we're actually watching a film being made - we've walked around the costume and make-up bits around the corner and this is the scene being filmed right now. How's that eh? You've watched a film being made!
Then we walk down through the cemetery at Montmartre. You have to imagine this one though - out of respect we didn't take photos. But the most amazing and touching tomb was that of Alexander Dumas; but there were so many Francois Truffaut, Emile Zola....there were so many more including Berlioz and Degas, Offenbach and Nijinsky. Also there, Ampere (the scientist as in Amps - electricity), Delibes (composer).
Then after a short stop for a cup of coffee, it's off further down the hill to the Moulin Rouge:
and further downhill still to Les Folies Bergere
Sadly in evidence on this beautiful building is the French graffitti problem - honestly it's everywhere.
This is actually right behind our hotel. We stopped at a shop opposite here, bought French bread, cheese, ham and a drink and walked off to the River where we had a picnic tea.