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Versailles in all it´s glory...

Leone needed a couple of days in Paris to recover from a bug she had picked up. However, we couldn´t leave Paris without seeing Versailles, and on our last day both the weather and Leoneś energy levels improved. Everything we had already seen in Paris had been compared unfavourably by Leone with the sights of Rome. After seeing Versailles though, Versailles instantly became the number one very best place she had ever seen. The photos only capture a very small part of this enjoyable day....

Outside

Outside


Inside

Inside


Kings Chapel

Kings Chapel


with painted ceilings

with painted ceilings


huge fireplaces

huge fireplaces


beautiful paintings

beautiful paintings


and furnishings

and furnishings


huge paintings too

huge paintings too


fabulous ceilings

fabulous ceilings


queens bedroom

queens bedroom


kings bedroom

kings bedroom


each room is better than the last one

each room is better than the last one


my first look into hall of mirrors

my first look into hall of mirrors


unbelievable room

unbelievable room


it goes on and on

it goes on and on


lined with statues

lined with statues


outside in the gardens

outside in the gardens


fountains and stunning views

fountains and stunning views


lovely classical statues

lovely classical statues


goodbye Versailles

goodbye Versailles


Goodbye Louis

Goodbye Louis

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Notre dame, galettes lunch, and a bit of D´orsay

Saturday started well enough. Down in the bowels of the Metro though the day started to turn to custard with people jamming themselves in to already full carriages at each station until even I was starting to feel claustrophobic. After we escaped from the metro, things picked up as we fell under the spell of Notre Dame which looked awesome from every angle, both outside and inside. Coming out of there we found a small crêperie bistro and managed to get a table for lunch. I have never tried a galette before, and I wasn´t sure about it when the waiter brought out the plates with greyish brown squares on them. They are pancakes made with buckwheat flour and to be honest are a bit cardboardy. Mine was ok, filled with bacon, potatoes and cream, but Leone hit the jackpot with a minced beef, fried onion and cheese one which came with a cup of liquefied creamy blue cheese to pour all over it. Feeling full and slightly queazy we then headed off to go see the art extravagance that is the Musee D´orsay. That´s when the day turned pear shaped. Leone started to develop a bad headache and felt sick, weak and dizzy. We both thought about what she had eaten for lunch and thought the worst. She tried to soldier on but eventually had to face the reality that appreciating art and feeling sick are not compatible. So we managed to get back home where Leone realised that what she really had was fluey, cold symptoms and for the first time since I have known her, hit her bed in the afternoon and went to sleep it off. Sunday has turned into a day of rest because she isn´t any better. She is determined to come right by tomorrow though as she has an appointment with a perfume workshop to mix her own special blend of perfume, and for that she needs her nose to be working 100%......

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral


Looking up

Looking up


and up as bells ring out

and up as bells ring out


looking down to nave of Notre Dame

looking down to nave of Notre Dame


rose window 1

rose window 1


one of many beautiful windows

one of many beautiful windows


rose window 2

rose window 2


Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc


same

same


amazing carved border

amazing carved border


detail

detail


looking down the Musee Dorsay

looking down the Musee Dorsay


Paris through the Dorsay clockface

Paris through the Dorsay clockface


finger couch at dorsay

finger couch at dorsay


Degas Ballet dancer

Degas Ballet dancer


Carpeaus Le Danse sculpture

Carpeaus Le Danse sculpture


what they doing Alan?

what they doing Alan?


scary mask

scary mask


Beethoven mask

Beethoven mask


mother and child

mother and child

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Afternoon jaunt to the Petite Palais..

On the afternoon of our first day in Paris we took a little metro ride to check out the Petite Palace and its art exhibition. On the way we crossed the most beautiful, extravagant bridge in Paris, the Pont Alexander 111. We also said hello to Winston on Winston Churchill Avenue. Once through the golden doors of the Petite Palais, we decided to have a cuppa in their gorgeous courtyard cafe. A lukewarm pot of water, two teabags of a weak tealeaves, and a small jug of creamy milk, cost $15 and made the worst cup of tea ever. Still the sculptures and paintings in the Palace, which cost nothing to see, somewhat made up for it. It was a good day at the office....

on the  Alexander 111 bridge

on the Alexander 111 bridge


peek a boo

peek a boo


our first sighting of the eiffel tower

our first sighting of the eiffel tower


say hello to Winston

say hello to Winston


Front door to Petite Palais

Front door to Petite Palais


Thats what you call a front door

Thats what you call a front door


courtyard cafe/ best view, worst cup of tea

courtyard cafe/ best view, worst cup of tea


loves paintings with lots of detail

loves paintings with lots of detail


and ladies with pet monkeys

and ladies with pet monkeys


This sculpture spoke to her

This sculpture spoke to her


thought she saw him blink

thought she saw him blink


what are they up to Alan

what are they up to Alan


loved this painting

loved this painting


and this one too

and this one too

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Beautiful Burano

On our second day in Venice we caught a boat with a couple hundred other people and set out to explore the island of Burano. Even on a misty morning the houses looked amazing in all their gaudy colours. After a delicious burano pizza, we wandered around for a couple of hours admiring the views and the inside of a few lovely shops which specialised in lace. It was a great outing and change from Venice, which tends to get a bit claustrophobic after a while. Writing this from Paris where we flew to yesterday. First day in Paris and we are just settling in to our new apartment, which is very Parisien......

Burano 1

Burano 1


burano 2

burano 2


yummy lunch

yummy lunch


leone makes friends with local

leone makes friends with local


burano 3

burano 3


burano 4

burano 4


burano 5

burano 5


burano 6

burano 6


pretty in pink

pretty in pink


wonderful lace shop

wonderful lace shop

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First day in Venice

Made the 600 km traintrip from Rome to Venice in just over 3 hours. The top speed we reached was 300 km per hour and there was no sense of going that fast. A really smooth comfortable ride. Arrived at our beautiful apartment and set about getting lost on the way to the supermarket for groceries. Picked up Venetian pizza on the way home for dinner Next day after a good sleep we set about getting lost on the way to the Rialto Bridge. We didn´t manage to find the bridge. That was ok though because later we heard it was still being renovated and you couldn´t see it anyway. Also we managed to find dozens of shops selling lovely and unusual things, so Leone had a wonderful morning. We had lunch then set about getting lost on the way to St. Mark´s Square. This time we got seriously lost and almost gave up. When we found it we were glad we kept on going because it was a stunning place. From there I remembered the way back to where I stayed last year, which was not far from our present apartment. So we got home weary but happy and enjoyed a vodka and Liptons iced lemon tea (a drink we have become fond of)

Planted by children at Rome Tibertina Rail Station

Planted by children at Rome Tibertina Rail Station


wonderful idea to plant and grow in empty square

wonderful idea to plant and grow in empty square


The porter and his load

The porter and his load


Train between Rome and Venice doing 300kph

Train between Rome and Venice doing 300kph


our private courtyard in Venice

our private courtyard in Venice


peaceful courtyard Venice

peaceful courtyard Venice


Leone´s favourite

Leone´s favourite


and more

and more


and more

and more


Leone´s second favourite shop

Leone´s second favourite shop


and more

and more


who loves masks

who loves masks


venice scene 1

venice scene 1


venice scene 2

venice scene 2


venice scene 3

venice scene 3


venice scene 4

venice scene 4


venice scene 5

venice scene 5


venice scene 6

venice scene 6


venice scene 7

venice scene 7


narrow streets of venice

narrow streets of venice


st marks square 1

st marks square 1


st marks square 2

st marks square 2


sr marks square 3

sr marks square 3


sr marks square 4

sr marks square 4


st marks square 5

st marks square 5


st marks square 6

st marks square 6


in front of Doge´s palace

in front of Doge´s palace


checking the lion´s prostate

checking the lion´s prostate

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