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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Last day in Paris

We couldn't leave Paris without seeing the  Notre-Dame Cathedral.  During its 850 years it has seen so many historical events including the  crowning of Henry VI of England as King of France; the coronation of Napoleon in 1804 and the canonisation of Joan of Arc in 1920. And, of course, who hasn't heard the Victor Hugo story of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Just one street away from the Cathedral and all was quiet. Couldn't resist a coffee in this bar.
The perfect place for a wedding photo shoot.

We then went into the gardens at the back of the Cathedral to have a better look at some of the gargoyles.

The Cathedral is on a small island in the middle of the Seine and as we crossed over to the north bank we spotted a swimmer in the river, whilst on the bridge there was a terrific pianist adding to the festive feel of the weekend.

There was a market not far from where we had our lunch and we decided to get something to eat for the journey back to the UK.

 We picked up some cakes and  fresh strawberries  on a kebab stick. They were irresistible and  we ate them as soon as we got on the train. They were fabulous. Back at Ebbsfleet Eurostar station in Kent I had parked the car close to the terminal  building and within 10 minutes of leaving the  train we were on our way to Oxford and the next stage on our journey.


  1. Those kebabs look delicious

  2. The bells, Quasimodo, the bells. Paris is such a wonderful city.

  3. I love gargoyles. Used to collect miniatures.

  4. Love the cathedral! What a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  5. An exceptional trip to Paris. Thanks for the great pictures, I felt as though I were with you. :-)

  6. I don't know if you have noticed, but the historical buildings are often in a poor state, not at all like in England ! Some of my classmates are going often to Paris, while I prefer to go to London, lol ! Belgium has a very strong connection to France, some Belgians only watch the French news they know everything about the government and nothing of their own country ! This concerns the Wallons of course !

  7. You saw the best parts of Paris I think, it all looks so pretty. Your friend must have had the nicest impression of Paris this way.

  8. So lovely! It looks like you have had fine weather to enjoy also.

  9. Great buildings - one been to Paris once in my life! It's rather a long way these days!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  10. Incredible pictures of this iconic City. I wish ....

    Imagine swimming in the Seine. That surprised me completely; actually so did the cute little coffee bar so close to the Cathedral, although that probably shouldn't have been a surprise.


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