France (Le Havre & Paris)

A bit late in the travel series from earlier this summer, this post is from our last stop on the trip, which was France.

Le Havre

Places visited

  • The ship docked at the port early in the morning and it was a very pretty sunrise.
  • We only drove through Le Havre on the way to Paris but it was an interesting city. There’s a combination of both new and old architecture since not much of the city was left after WWII.

Paris

Places visited and what I did

  • We drove up into the city to the Place Charles de Gaulle where the Arc de Triomphe is. The Place Charles de Gaulle is a junction of 12 streets and the traffic was crazy. I’m happy we were on a big bus.
  • The bus continued down the Champs Élysée to Place de la Concorde, which was very beautiful. It is home to an Egyptian obelisk and intricate fountains. It was also where many executions took place. The Hôtel de Crillon and the French Naval Ministry are behind the fountain and obelisk.
  • Drove by the Paris Opera and the Louvre (it’s so much bigger than I thought! Also, we were there shortly after Beyonce was recording there).
  • After a drive around the city, the tour stopped at the Seine (right under the Effiel Tower) to get off on a boat down the river for lunch.
  • The boat was almost full glass. We were served a foie gras terrine for the first course. The second course was chicken thighs (coq au vin, maybe?) and for dessert, there was a creme brulee type of thing but I had fruit salad because of allergies. There was the option of many courses of wine, but I had sparkling water. There was live music which felt very much like what one should be doing in France.
  • From the river, I saw the Musée d’Orsay, Hôtel national des Invalides, Notre Dame and many other beautiful buildings and bridges. Everything in Paris is beautiful.
  • After the river cruise, we were able to walk around under the Eiffel tower for a bit. There are a little carousel and cafe there. The bus took us back to Le Havre and we boarded the ship for the last time before heading home.

Tips

  • It was very hot that day in France! Apparently, it isn’t usually, but keep in mind it does get warm.
  • I would definitely spend one more day in Paris. Three days at most. It would be interesting to just walk around the city and explore that way, plus go to the museums (or just the Louvre) but otherwise, I’m not sure what else one would do there.

Photojournal

Next up on the series of posts from this trip will be deep thoughts on the trip/what I’ve learnt from travelling this summer.

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Wanderlusting

I said in The Mystery Blogger Award post that I have a case of Wanderlust and would do a post on it, so here it is!
There are so many places in the world to see, but I had to narrow it down a bit since I’m thinking that travelling the entire world is too crazy but a few places are almost reasonable. When I’m feeling down sometimes it helps to go look at pictures of these places, especially lately during the dark and cold months in Canada when things seem to get super boring it’s fun to dream of different places.

 

Top 5 places

Reykjavik, Iceland


Look at how cute this place is! Iceland is quite a small country so I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that it could be possible to know most of the people there. The geography is interesting, too, with the icy mountains, volcanoes and lagoons. And of course, the horses!


I’ve seen tours of Iceland from horseback, so if I were to go there that would be what I would want to do! And it’s just so fluffy.

 

A Holi festival


It looks like the epitome of happiness. That may be a bit of an exaggeration. The colours are so happy looking, though, and it looks like so much fun. I’ve always wanted to go to India.

Edinburgh and The Isle of Skye, Scotland


Scotland seems like the best place for photography. It’s so enchanting. The greenery and dreary weather are so mysterious. I love the name Isle of Skye, too!

Versailles, France


The pictures should be enough to say why I’d like to go. It’s so over the top and dramatic and gorgeous. I’ve also always had a little fascination with Marie Antoinette, her village that she made is like a fairy tale. The whole palace almost seems like Disney World, but it’s an actual kingdom.

 

Seville, Spain


Okay, pretty much anywhere in Spain I would love to go to, but a lot of the photos and things I’ve read about are from Seville. It varies so much in its architecture from buildings that look more like other European countries with colourful tiled buildings. Seville has big festivals and Flamenco came from around there, also one of my favourite horse breeds, the Andalusian is from that area.
Where are your dream places to visit?

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