Luang Prabang: Thongbay Guesthouse – how to do it right
London: London Eye
London: Tower, Science & Natural History Museums, Thames, YHA, Tower
London: Noel Fielding’s exhibition at Maison Bertaux
Paris: They’re called breasts and everybody has them
24 Oct 2010

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Paris: Le Marais

Paris: Le Marais

Some pictures in and around the great neighbourhood where we stayed in Paris. Lots of narrow streets - cars park unbelievably close together - interesting shops, food markets, old buildings. ...

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24 Oct 2010

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Paris: Our apartment in the Marais

Paris: Our apartment in the Marais

We stayed in an apartment in Paris for 9 nights. I couldn't recommend more highly holidaying in Paris this way, for a number of reasons you can save some money by cooking for yourself (as often as you feel up to it) you get the feel for a neighbourhood that you mightn't staying in a hotel you can pretend you're a Parisian as you go in and out of your apartment (as long as you don't need to speak) Our apartment in le Marais was great - well-appointed (small but functional kitchen, bath...

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23 Oct 2010

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Paris: They’re called breasts and everybody has them

Paris: They’re called breasts and everybody has them

  With apologies to Rick... ...

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21 Oct 2010

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Paris: Montmatre

Paris: Montmatre

Surprised at how hugely over-the-top touristy Montematre was. (However, as I was there as a tourist I can't really complain...) It is a very quaint in a  cobblestone-y, windy-street way. Sacré-Cœur is beautiful, once you run  the gauntlet of the souvenir sellers, buskers, girls pretending to be deaf/mute. Great view of Paris and an amazing building. Preferred the lower parts near Pigalle where it felt more like the rest of Paris. ...

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21 Oct 2010

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Paris: Père Lachaise – Jim, Oscar and the gang

Paris: Père Lachaise – Jim, Oscar and the gang

Next stop on our Paris trail was Père Lachaise cemetery in the 20th arrondissment. Père Lachaise was set up as a cemetery by Napoleon in 1804. It's pretty large as cemeteries go and has lots of very elaborate crypts and tombs. We were lucky enough to have some sunshine when we were there and it's a very beautiful place to wander through. Like many we bought a map showing the cemetery layout and where all the famous graves are. There are loads of famous people buried there including several...

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20 Oct 2010

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Paris: Arc de Triumph, Bastille, Galeries Lafayette

Paris: Arc de Triumph, Bastille, Galeries Lafayette

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19 Oct 2010

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Paris: Versailles

Paris: Versailles

Palaces palaces palaces gardens gardens fountains ponds lakes. HUGE. Specially made farming village for a lonely queen to play milkmaid...Decoratively ornate with gold, pastels, marble, gold and marble. ...

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18 Oct 2010

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Paris Day Two Eiffel Tower + St Germain, Left Bank

Paris Day Two Eiffel Tower + St Germain, Left Bank

Hard to find time to write all of the things I want to so I'll just put the pictures up.... Some pics are from St Germain and Latin Quarter. The view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower at sunset is great, as is watching the lights on the tower come on. These pics are from level two, not right at the top (heights-averse family members plus too much of a wait...) ...

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17 Oct 2010

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First day in Paris – Notre Dame, Marché Bastille

First day in Paris – Notre Dame, Marché Bastille

Finding our feet on our first day in Paris. Can just about manage to ask for some croissants in a boulangerie. Marché Bastille The Marché Bastille (Bastille Market) is a huge food market we visited to stock up. What a range - millions of cheeses, fresh fish, eels, rabbits, pigeons, fresh veggies galore. Shouts, smells, bustle, crowds. Great. Notre Dame Notre Dame Cathedral is breathtaking, and absolutely enormous. I know everyone says that but seeing it was amazing - even Acacia was impre...

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16 Oct 2010

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Royal Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells

We stayed a night with my Mum's cousin Billy and his lovely wife Julia in spa town Tunbridge Wells. Billy and I only recently got to know each other via email when I started my family history mission - Billy's been researching the Lilley family for ages and has been a huge source of information for me. It was great to finally meet up. ...

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