Hello everyone, I'm back!
Did you miss me? Haha, anyway, I thought I'd start with day 1 of my adventures in Paris. This is quite a picture heavy post, so I'm sorry about that, I broke it down into days so it wouldn't be so painful for you! And also, I'm sorry for the rubbish photos, as I've said before on this blog, I'm not a photographer with a really expensive camera, and my photos definitely reflect that!
Anywhoo, here we go:
We had a 9.30 Eurostar from St. Pancras, and arrived at Gare du Nord at something like 12.45 French time:
Then poodled along to our hotel, at Place de Clichy in Montmartre.
This was the view outside our hotel room, a typically Parisian street, beautiful.
After a nap and sorting ourselves out, we went for a wander around our hotel and went past the Montmartre Cemetery (which has famous people like Hector Berlioz, Offenbach and Adolf Sax buried in it)
And of course, staying in Montmartre, we couldn't not go past Le Moulin Rouge. We didn't go in, mind, at €80 to literally just be allowed in to see a show (not even necessarily the Feerie one) each, there was no way I was paying that!!
We then strolled past the moulin and walked through the Pigalle (red light district, I think my younger brother might be scarred for life...!!). I saw this fantastic sculpture thing outside le musee d'eroticisme. There was a woman as well, but I preferred him.
We also went past Le Chat Noir, one of the famous bistros, that was commonly frequented by artists at the turn of the C20. So commercialised now, and really expensive, and not really authentic either, so we gave it a miss.
We then took a walk up to the Montmartre Square, where we came across an English woman, playing the hang (which is a bit like an upside down steel drum, with a much mellower sound, if you didn't know, it's nice to listen to actually)
And after walking up all those stairs, we had to see the Sacre Coeur Basillica. Beautiful, right?
Have you seen Amelie? If so, this is the carousel in it. I had my photo taken by it when I last came to Paris a few years ago, so I didn't do it again this time.
Because we had to get up quite early (we caught the 6.30am train to get to London) we had dinner and went to bed after our mini-adventure. I will get the next couple of day's photos up soon, but in the meantime, my reader is bursting full of blogs to read and emails and comments to reply to, so I have a lot of catching up to do! Hope you're all having a lovely week!