Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lionel & Amanda in Paris

Last weekend was a real treat for me & Lionel as we got to spend some time in Paris together. Our wonderful friends, Vanessa & Andrew, came out from London to look after Josh for the weekend and he had a great time. He was delighted that they wanted to go to the movies and so they headed down to Festival Place and went to the new 'Transformers' movie which Josh really enjoyed.
Rebecca spent the weekend with Bekah, a swimming and waterpolo friend. They had a very busy weekend with waterpolo training followed by a school fete on Friday night, waterpolo all day Saturday at the Hampshire Youth Games (they won!) and a family picnic in London on Sunday.
Lionel & I spent Friday night in London as we had to be at St Pancras station at 5.45am to catch the 6.15 train to Paris. It's a great trip to Paris on the Eurostar and even with the time difference we were on the metro by 9.45am and heading up to Montmartre. We spent an hour or so in a local bar/cafe watching the All Black v France and enjoyed some interaction with the French rugby fans there.
We wondered around the streets heading up to Sacre Coeur cathedral and enjoyed the views over the city. We took the metro back down to Notre Dame and spent some time inside here - didn't go up to the top though. When we came out it was starting to rain and so we sat under the verandah of a cafe and had some lunch - a very yummy quiche and fruit tart! There was a real downpour for about an hour but then it cleared up and was a fine afternoon.
We walked around the Latin Quarter - past the Sorbonne, Pantheon and into the Jardin du Luxembourg. These gardens were lovely with a large pond, lots of statues, very precise walkways, a boules area and great kids playground. We walked and walked and walked some more on our way to find our hotel which was down near the Eiffel Tower.
After resting up for an hour or so we headed out again and went down to the Eiffel Tower and through the park there, where we sat and had a baguette and drink before walking along the Seine and back to the hotel for the night.
Sunday morning was a big buffet breakfast at the hotel and then straight to Gare du Nord station to catch the 11.15am train home.
A great weekend!

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