17 Oct 2010


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 impressed (a bit). There’s a constant stream of people going in – I think it gets something like 10 million visitors a year. A service was on when we went in and the mammoth organ (oo-er) sounded great, bone-shakingly deep.

Notre Dame also has a fascinating collection of religious relics, including bits of bone mounted in elaborate cases, wood and nails allegedly from the cross. The collection also includes what is claimed to be the actual crown of thorns  that’s displayed once a week.


21 Oct 2010

Paul says;

What a trip so far, Paris looks great.
You all look as though you are having a ball. (even Acacia ! !)

22 Oct 2010

Soozi says;

Just brought Nanna to the library to update her on your trip. She hopes u r staying away from the riots and rubber bullets. Looks like you are having lots of fun. We miss u and r looking forward 2 catching up when u get back

25 Oct 2010

Tiffany says;

What a treat!! Stay well lovely travellers<3

    25 Oct 2010

    steve says;

    We’ve got a stack of pics from Palace of Versailles and Marie Antoinette’s farm to put up soon Tiffany, were thinking of you and Wilo when we were there. Stay tuned…

26 Oct 2010

Alan & June Lilley says;

Catching up on your blog – very interesting.
Hope the “problems” have not interfered with your stay in Paris.
It curtailed our sight seeing as fuel was at a premium, just enough to get back to Calais.
love to all.