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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 2nd 2013

Heading north from the Petit and Grand Palais’, I ended up on the Av. des Champs-Élysées. There were Christmas markets along the sides of the streets, so I checked out the stalls. I also had my first French food (French Fries), and Cidre Chaud (Hot Cider) – quite expensive but yummmmm, and just what I needed to warm up. The Champs-Élysées and its gardens were originally laid out in 1667 by André Le Nôtre as an extension of the Tuileries Garden. Le Nôtre planned a wide promenade between the palace and the modern Rond Point, lined with two rows of elm trees on either side, and flowerbeds in the symmetrical style of the French formal garden.... read more
Av. des Champs-Élysées
Av. des Champs-Élysées
Av. des Champs-Élysées

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 2nd 2013

The 8thArrondissement is located on the right bank of the river seine. In this part, I visited: · Pont Alexandre III · Grande Palais · Petite Palais Pont Alexandre III We crossed this bridge on the way from the airport to my hotel, but this time I crossed it on foot. I did like all the ornate statues and plaques on the bridge, even though I’m not really a fan of gold. The bridge, with its lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. Grand Palais I headed north from the bridge and went past the Grand Palais. Because I was still enjoying being outside, I decided not to go in, and that I ... read more
Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 2nd 2013

I took a nice walk along the right bank in this area, looking back to the Eiffel tower and enjoying the autumn colours I also stopped on the Passerelle Debilly, to check out the locks on the bridge. The 16th Arrondissement is located on the north west side (right bank) of the Seine.... read more
Seine Right Bank
Seine Right Bank
Seine Right Bank

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 2nd 2013

The 7th Arrondissement is located on the south side (left bank) of the Seine, and includes these sights that I visited this morning: • École Militaire (Military Academy) • Champ de Mars (Field of Mars) • Eiffel Tower The first thing I did after dropping off my bags was to lean out the window and take a photo of the view! What a view! This hotel was recommended to me by my travel agent when I said I wanted something near the Eiffel Tower. École Militaire I made sure I rugged up and headed out. First I went to the Military Academy around the corner from the hotel. I couldn’t actually get in, but I do love the architecture of the building. The school was founded in 1750 by Louis XV to create a college for ... read more
View from my hotel window
École Militaire
École Militaire

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 1st 2013

On 1 December 2013 I headed to Perth Airport to begin my adventure. I got a great deal through my travel agent for a business class flight, so I decided to splurge and go with that! I've never flown overseas business class before, so this was a great experience. There was lots of good food too! The flight was about 20 hours. First I hung out in the Business Class Lounge at the airport and helped myself to some genuine French Champagne! Then I settled in for the flight to KL and enjoyed the food. When I arrived in KL I decided to explore the airport, as the lounge was being refurbished and the temporary one was quite crowded. The queue to board the plane was quite long, but considering it was an A380 it wasn't ... read more
Perth to KL-1
Perth to KL-2
Perth to KL-3

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 26th 2013

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Margaret River November 16th 2013

I spent last weekend driving around they Margaret River aras edging some sightseeing and wine tasting....... read more
Dusk
Beach
image

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns August 31st 2011

I needed to get away from work and life for a while.... My local travel agent suggested Cairns! I stayed 7 nights and got to explore Cairns City, the northern beaches, Atherton tableland, Cape Tribulation and I spent a day out snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Great for a short break away and really quite cheap!... read more
Flying into Cairns
Flying into Cairns
Cairns Esplanade

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto November 25th 2010

We spent the morning in Arashiyama - We got the train from the station using the Randen line and then wandered around looking at Togetsukyo Brdge, the Bamboo Groves, the Tenryuji Temple, and a couple of other smaller temples.... read more
Randen train to Arashiyama
Arashiyama
Arashiyama

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara November 24th 2010

We did an afternoon 1/2 Day tour of Nara near Kyoto and we went to Todaiji Temple (the largest wooden structure in the world housing the Japan's largest bronze Buddha), Nara Park (with the deer) and Kasuga Taisha shinto shrine, with lots of stone lanterns.... read more
Nara Park
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple




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