My man and I decided we’d like to get away this Christmas and headed off to Paris and riskily into the Asylum. It’s only a 90 minute train ride from Poitiers (Paris that is).
Our hotel was in Pigale, the famous red light district of Paris (known as Pig Alley by WW2 soldiers). The Sexodrome super store of sex toys etc was next door and was a beacon in the night when we returned in the dark. Moulin Rouge 500metres along the road, Montmartre sitting opposite and lantern of Sacre Coeur visible from our rather decadent room.
love the beautiful Art Deco Metro signs.
We arrived on 23rd December, and up the road beside the Moulin Rouge “Rue Lepic” were some wonderful food shops. These were very busy with people buying their food for Christmas Eve, which is when the French eat their Christmas meal and open their presents.
On Christmas Eve we had a very expensive coffee on Champs Elysees and shared the tiny madeleines with cheeky sparrows.
We found the Pont des Arts and I surprised mon homme with a ready made padlock to add to the 100’s of others.
It was only 2 days later we realised that this was not the “vrai” bridge, when we discovered this one closer to Notre Dame.
On Christmas Eve we went to Midnight Mass at Sacre Coeur, after a nice Creole meal in Montmartre. Sacre Coeur was full, yet even as atheists it was an unmissable experience as we were so close. The following morning was beautiful and we climbed up again to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It was still teaming with tourists despite it being Christmas Day.
We had a lovely evening meal at Le Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre.
On Monday we visited Musée de l’Orangerie, and in the afternoon we visited Galeries Lafayette to see the architecture and the wonderful vistas from the roof. On our way to GL, we walked down one of the most expensive streets in Paris and found this fantastic range cooker for all you chateau owners.
We really enjoyed our trip, walked more that we have for a long time and felt like two old crocks at the end of each day. Yes, we saw Tour Eiffel more times than I can mention, from the river, from Sacre Coeur, from Notre Dame, from
Musée de l’Orangerie, and from the roof of Galeries Lafayette. I’ve not added photos here, as it must be one of the most photographed Paris landmarks and you all know how it looks from every angle.
We’re pleased to be back now, in peace and quiet, outside the Asylum.
Bonne année à tous
Gate is closed, please make sure it stays that way once you’ve left.
a la prochaine.
Updated 31/12/2011 to add more photos.