I was recently away on vacation, and today (a week after returning) I’ve finally processed and uploaded all of my photos. I took over a thousand photos, but I won’t post all of that online, who wants to go through a thousand photos!? So, I thought I’d post just a few to highlight the trip.
Mr. Asphodel de Canter is my Pygmy Puff companion. He travels with me everywhere – he’s almost one year old! The first thing we did when we landed in Paris was go to the hotel.
The view from our room was spectacular, one of our walls was practically an entire window, looking out onto the canal.
The next thing we did was visit the Louvre. If you ever plan on going to Paris, you really need an entire day to visit the Louvre. Start very early in the morning and work your way through each room.
There are some really amazing pieces in the Louvre, but don’t forget to look up. The architecture is simply stunning.
The next day we did a tour of Montmartre, where we learned a lot about Paris history and the famous artists who lived in that area.
This quaint little building is Cabaret Au Lapin Agile, where Picasso once stayed and where he painted “At the Lapin Agile”. It use to hang on a wall in the cabaret until they sold it.
Afterwards, we visited Notre Dame, the cathedral is spectacular. It’s really mind boggling the work that was done. We did a little tour of the building and after, we walked down to Shakespeare and Company.
This is an English bookstore, so I picked up a copy of The Little Prince. =)
We then had dessert at Ladurée, such a yummy dessert place! The only odd thing was that the interior of their dining room looked very oriental, as opposed to Ladurée’s pastel palette. My drink was a Limonade and I drank that for the rest of our time in Paris.
We ended the night by going up the Montparnasse tower and watching the lights come on across Paris.
The next day we did a tour of the right bank …
and one of the left. Then we got our things and took the train from Gare Nord, Paris to St. Pancras, London.
As a lover of Sherlock Holmes, I visited 221B Baker Street, which doesn’t exactly exist, but is the home of the Sherlock Holmes Museum. They did a great job replicating the descriptions from the book, into the home of Sherlock, Watson and Mrs. Hudson.
Later that day we visited Buckingham Palace. It was a very good tour, the audio was great.
We walked around the city a bit, hitting some of the major sites like Westminister Abbey, Big Ben’s Clock Tower and The London Eye, and made our way to Trafalgar square where I visited a Waterstone but I didn’t purchase anything. I know, unbelievable!
The following day took us to the Warner Bros Studio, where we got transported to Hogwarts. It was a grand tour, I’d recommend it to any fan. The work that was put into making each movie is nothing short of spectacular.
Later that night, trying to fight a sore throat and fatigue, we sat down to see the London production of Les Miserables. It was probably the highlight of the trip for me.
The next day we set out, bright and early, to Prague.
The reason I started planning this trip in the first place was to go to Prague, and Prague did not disappoint.
With it’s gothic styled churches, it’s winding cobble stone streets and it’s stunning stories of survival, Prague won me over with its charm, even though I was extremely ill while there.
We spent the shortest time in Prague, but it left the biggest impression. I’m definitely looking forward to visiting there again.
London is always like a second home to me, Paris is a magical place that I will always enjoy, and Prague will always win me with its charm. I’m happy to be home, but I had a wonderful time.
For more pictures from the trip, visit my Flickr albums.