Published: December 2nd 2009December 2nd 2009
how Parisian do these girls think they are LOL!!
Apologies for being a little late with the updates. Internet access hasn't been easy, probably should have brought the laptop. Paris was fabulous.
DAY 3 - Explored the gardens near the Louvre at Tulieries and then visited Museum D'Orsay & Le Orangerie that display the wonderful artwork of the impressionist era - my favourite! I was in heaven - works by Manet, Degas, Renoir & Van Gogh everywhere. We were able to take photos but could not use the flash. Larissa was the photographer while I stood in awe and admired all the work. She was not impressed by the work of Matisse or Picasso - thought she could do better....he he!! She was very taken with Monet's waterlillies. That evening we enjoyed a meal at the Eiffel Tower, a cruise down the Seine ( the city at night is beautiful ), then onto the show at Moulin Rouge. The dancing, costumes and stage props were full of energy and colour. It was fantastic, although Stacey couldn't look when one of the dancers swam in a tank full of snakes.
DAY 4 - Bit of a sleep in after our late night - show finished at 1:30am and a bus
took us back to our apartment. Later in the day we had lunch at a cafe near Notre Dame, and the spent some hours exploring inside and around the Cathedral - and took the odd photo! or three!!
DAY 5 - went to Montmartre and visited Sacre Couer Basilica. The girls had a charcoal sketch done by a street artist there.
DAY 6 - Rob and Larissa took the Metro to visit Place de Vosges, and Stacey and I explored the streets near our apartment.
On Monday 30th we took the fast train from Paris to Brussels - very quick! Our hotel here is pretty average but so close to the magnificent square of The Grand Place. Chocolate shops are everywhere, and we mean everywhere - almost every second shop! There is also a Christmas market and we have had fun shopping for Christmas decorations & gifts.
Yesterday - 1st Dec we were met by Stacey's penpal Marjolein and her father in the foyer of our hotel here in Brussels, and they drove us back to their house in the Netherlands ( 140km away ). Will update you more about that next time we access the internet
we packed a picnic and ate it in The Jardin des Tuileries before heading off to the Museum Le Orangerie
PS - if you are re-reading this blog - I have finally uploaded some photos of our adventures.
There are more photos below