Patisseries and packing

The worst part about leaving Paris, is not being able to bring all the food with us that we just didn’t have time to eat, like a truckload of patisseries! We both LOVE these fancy cakes, choux pastry, macaroons, and cakes that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We decided to start our morning…

Monet

I have often been in awe of gardeners, for their patience, the foresight and forethought towards laying out a garden, and for how their imaginations can dream up what a garden will look like when the seeds they plant become fully grown. One of my favourite gardens is that at Monet’s house, or Fondation Claude…

Better times

This morning was a little less exciting, though a touch frantic. In a homage to Harry Potter, we took an Uber from our hotel to the house where Maison de Nicholas Flamel once lived and worked. Having posed for the obligatory photos we then set off on foot to wander the streets, particularly Boulevard de…

Bonjour!

This blog post has been a little delayed, as you may have guessed. We’re staying at the Holiday Inn Elysees in, and the wifi is a little… iffy. We flew in last night, the 22nd, and today’s been a bit full-on since we woke up. I’m going to broach a subject that’s not mentioned a…

Farewell to France

The morning started much like yesterday, the sky overcast and the air damp, a mist had rolled in during the night and now blanketed the fields surrounding the little house we were staying in. Undeterred by the morning we loaded the car and after a quick breakfast and saying our farewells we embarked on the…

Ladies of leisure

For the first time since our arrival in France the sun is not shining. We awoke to the dull and dreary grey mist that slowly crept closer and closer, the trees in the distance shrouded, the cat, Billy, more than happy to snug up in an armchair and ignore the call of the wild. It’s…

For the King!

Lisieux, or outer Lisieux, was easily found, and actually getting into our accommodation was relatively straight forward, if by straight forward you mean three circuits around roundabouts and a wrong turn with a detour (or deviation as they’re known here) to the supermarket. See, easy! We stayed in an Ibis Budget motel overnight, and although…

The road to Rouen

Today has been full of surprises and delights. Sleep last night was quick to come and over all too soon as well. At the unearthly time of 4am we were up and preparing to leave, our bags packed at the door of our little apartment, the dishes done and stowed away, floor swept and bed…

The day the world stood still

Not everyone experiences ‘jet-lag’, for some lucky individuals the rapid change of gravity/polarity doesn’t effect them, for many the sensation of the world grinding to a halt and being suspended in time never occurs. If you’re one of these people, you are undeniably enviable, and in the best possible terms, I hate you. When I…

So many bridges, so many sighs

How much of Paris can you actually ‘see’ in Paris in one day… an awful lot. I’m not talking about climbing the Tour Eiffel or the Arc de Triomphe, but instead that of walking the streets of Paris, of strolling along the Rive Seine and listen to the very breath of the city as she…