Provence, France
The Roman Aqueduct at Nimes
Queenstown, New Zealand
TSS Earnslaw on lake Wakatipu
London, England
Springtime in Hyde Park
Mazamet, France
Baskets in the market square
Avignon, France
A wonderful lunch in the gardens of the Cathedral
Melbourne, Australia
Punting on the lake in the Botanic Gardens
Castres, France
Wonderful varieties of seafood in the market
Sometimes we get inspired to record some of the more memorable days of trips that we have made. They serve to remind us of the things that we have done, the places we have been to and the people we have met and if we do not record them we tend to forget great chunks of the times we have spent away.
For those viewing these diaries we hope you find them interesting but they are more likely to be of interest only to our family and friends.

Up the hill to Montmartre

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Apr 29, 2014

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Montmartre is only worthwhile visiting to see the Basilica of Sacré Coeur and the panoramic views of Paris. Place du Tèrtre with its artists and restaurants is usually so crowded with people that it is difficult to walk around. Nevertheless we took the Métro to Place du Clichy and walked up the hill across the bridge and past the cemetery where Victor Hugo is buried. The destination of most tourists is up the many stairs to the Place du Tertre where we stopped for a short while and had a very expensive coffee before walking on to see the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur and the view of... + details

Galleries Lafayette and Notre Dame

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Apr 28, 2014

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One might think that Galleries Lafayette is just another Myers or David Jones but the building and in particular the dome make it a most special place. From the ground floor there is a five story high atrium that consists of 'galleries' around the perimeter of the atrium before it turns into the most exquisite dome. Looking up when the sun is shining outside makes it a very special place. The store is full of high value merchandise, and I mean high value. For example de Beers have a section where it's possible to buy beautiful diamond jewellery at exorbitant prices. Silk scarves were around... + details

Sainte Chapelle and Musee D'Orsay

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Apr 26, 2014

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After an eventful trip from Mazamet to Toulouse and then onto Paris we settled into our studio apartment just off the Boulevard St Michel on Quai des Grands Augustins. For those wanting a place to stay in central Paris I can thoroughly recommend the Citadines Apart-Hotel. It is adjacent to the Seine and most of the places of interest in Paris are just a short walk away or an easy trip on the Metro from St Michel on Ligne 4. The weather was bad and forecast to remain bad for our stay in Paris. As a result we decided to avoid the rain by taking a very short walk across the bridge onto... + details

An exquisite meal at Le Castel de Burlats

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Apr 23, 2014

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We have had an orgy of eating from Easter Sunday lunch to a celebration for my birthday and other memorable meals in between. Fortunately we have not yet broken the scales and seem to be performing according to the 'French Paradox'. The French eat very well indeed but one does not see many obese French people, and that's the paradox. On Easter Sunday we booked to return to the Auberge des Acacias in Courniou les Grottes. We like this place since it is typically French and the food is of a good standard. We chose to have Le Menu de Pacques. The entree was a salad with fois gras and shrimps... + details

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