Pam and Beryl's Europe 2013 travel blog

 

 

 

 


Well this is our last day in Paris and it's been great as usual. The apartment is very well located on rue Domat on the left bank, only a few minutes walk to Notre Dame. We have rented it from a friend of a friend for 500 euros for the week. Beryl says her toilet is bigger than the kitchen here and as well as stove, dishwasher,fridge, there is a washing machine. Very compact!!

Done lots of tourist things as Beryl has not been to Europe before so it has been great showing her the sites. Spend one day - unfortunately one which rained, on the hop on hop off bus. The day before had been very hot - 31degrees but since then cooler 18 - 24. Traipsed around the Marais, Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower - Beryl climbed it. Yesterday we went with a "Paris Greeter" , a volunteer who took us walking for about 4 hours around covered arcades or passageways, the Palais Royal and it's gardens, st Eustache church built between 1532 and 1632, Montorueil corner, Paris' oldest market street, with fabulous food shops. A great way to understand more of a city.

Went to a concert in St- Chapelle - stunning stained glass - the largest expanse of 13th century stained glass in the world- I wonder how much is left! They played Vivaldi's 4 seasons. Had dinner with a neighbour from Glebe st- unfortunately the other friends were sick after a visit to the Moulin Rouge. Walked around Montmatre, Luxembourg Gardens, Madeleine and Opera Garnier area, Bastille.

On Monday we went on a day trip to the Somme . Early train to Amiens where we joined a Battlefields tour - 5 of us including one Tasmanian whose uncle was killed and buried there and she visited his grave. It was a very interesting and moving day.

Off to London on Eurostar tomorrow

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