3 Baguettes, 2 Australians, 1 Tower… & 0 Frogslegs. PARIS

French Siesta

French Siesta

Annnnnnnnnd we’re back.. the wonderful city that is Paris. What an architectural phenomenon this place is. It is quite amazing that Paris is so large yet retains such an even feel in the history, architecture and style of the city. This may be boosted by the fact they have provisions in place to ensure it remains that way, but it certainly makes Sydney look like a mismatched Mr Potato Head.

Basilique du Sacre Coeur

Basilique du Sacre Coeur

These photos bring back some great memories of a fine city. It perhaps wasnt my favourite city in terms of the general feel I had but it definitely gives off a special vibe. It is a photographer’s wonderland and I wish i had more time to spare and more places to explore. We travelled a lot around Paris, with mixed weather results but the big names really did not fail to deliver. The whole Eiffel Tower and surrounding area is full of amazing gardens, walks, buildings and generally just has an ‘epic’ feel too it.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

The louvre is somewhere I wish we had stopped, we were outside but did not dedicate the time too visit. I think I will definitely put it on my next visit list 🙂 We did however in our epic walking check out the beautiful Luxembourg gardens and enjoyed a fantastic afternoon in the sun. A pond with some small wooden boats which seem to be in everyone’s photos.. oh well.. cant help but be a little cliche on euro trips can we?

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A lot of our immediate travels in Paris also were in the areas around where we stayed, namely Montmartre. There is many parks, hills and roads to venture along and explore. With the streets riddled with restaurants, cafes and shops we had no trouble checking out the town. It was also in close proximity to Moulin Rouge. We ventured the streets around, and found where Van Gough used to live for a period of time in the area. Unfortunately the house had burnt down in the 70’s, but has been restored to a close point.

These steps were killer to climb, but provided a fantastic view of paris from Basilique du Sacre Coeur (photo #2).

Springtime was just gorgeous in every European city we visited and I know for some they must be boring but I just love the colours and the vibrance of flowers in spring. This was an off chance photo as we walked into a small garden area, whilst being lost for an entrance to an apparently important Napoleon building.

Square d'Ajaccio in Spring

Square d'Ajaccio in Spring

What is amazing is that since I remember the places the photos were taken, I can now go back and tag them in google maps in relation to where they are stored on flickr. If you have an interest in where any of these shots were taken please feel free to contact me. Paris is an amazing place and dont be scared of the Parisians.. the key is not to assume they all speak english (or to them, should speak english just for you). Picking up on the lingo goes a long way, introduce yourself and attempt to say it correctly and they generally take the burden away from your lips 🙂

Now we didnt just magically arrive in Paris from nowhere, we actually spent 2 nights in St Malo which is in Brittany in the North West of France. We had gotten the ferry from Guernsey to Brittany, with the plan of getting the train to Paris… not much excitement from St Malo unfortunately, we got stuck with lousy coastal french weather and expensive beer.. it is where the baguettes and cans of beer were born tho (including a 12.5% trappist monk bear that was like drinking syrup!). Unfortunately I didnt get much in the way of exciting photos from the old town in St Malo, however I have processed a shot of one of the coastal structures and hope you like it.

St Malo

St Malo

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Till next time..

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