Around the world. ( Part 3)

I love going to Europe.  It feels so different than North America.  It is rich in history. Everywhere I  stop to  take photos. They help to  keep the memories alive.

The first countries I visited in Europe are France, UK and Wales. Then Denmark, Switzerland , Italy and Spain. There is not a country I like best . They are all interesting to me. I wish I could see them all.

What is your favorite country  in Europe ? Is  the language a problem when you visit a country where you cannot speak the language ? Do you try to learn a few words before you go ?

I will share a few pictures taken during my trips in Europe.

Every time I have been to Switzerland , I enjoyed the green landscapes. So many nice places to see .  Spending time in Gruyeres was fantastic. Another time we went in the Canton of Valais and we did some hiking. The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces very scenic .

In Italy, the first city I visited was Rome ( I showed some pics from my 2003 trip in the previous post). In 2012, we went to Venice. It was a dream for me. I remember being so excited. We spent 4 days in the city walking everywhere and going to the islands of  Burano and Murano.  If you knew how  many pictures I took during that trip, you would not believe me.

In Italy, on other trips, we have been visiting the  Gran Paradiso National Park and  Turin. We discovered Piedmonte area and Cinque  Terre  ( on a walking trip). We really enjoyed Cinque Terre and went on hikes between the villages. We stayed in Vernazza one of the 5 villages of CT.  We also went to Genova,  Pisa, Lucca and Florence.

In 2015, at last, I went back to Paris after 23 years and this time my husband was with me. As French is my first language, there was no worry for me to get by.  On my bucket list was to go up to the very top of the Eiffel tower. The view was great.

On that trip we also visited the Bay of Arcachon, the Dune du Pilat, the lighthouse of Cordouan.  We even flew over the whole bay in a small airplane for 4.  So many great memories.

Bordeaux and  St-Emilion  were also part of that 2015 trip.

We were also lucky to visit Toulouse and  wonderful villages of the Haute-Garonne. Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Carcassonne, Foix .  Here another collage for you.

Many  green vistas to see while we traveled in France.

Spain is another great country. We know quite well Barcelona as we have been more than once. We  walked on the  Camino for 11 days with a group and guides ( On Foot in Spain). You can find some posts on our walks here on my blog.

So many good memories . I can’t wait to discover more of Europe .

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Paris

Let’s get in a time capsule and go back to  May 2015.

It was my third visit in Paris but the last one was in 1992 so it was really great to go back . This time , my husband was with me. I always said we would go together because  I  speak French  fluently and It would make it easier for him  !

I  have already did a post on my time in Paris but as it was the first step of our time in Europe.  I feel I need to start here  as I never finished the story of that trip !

https://france55.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/lets-go-to-paris/

I was lucky to have a friend who lives in the outskirt of Paris. She picked up us at  CDG airport and we spent 2 full days with her . We walked a lot.  This is the only way to see as much as possible and get a  true feeling of this wonderful city.  Walking along the Seine River, into the Jardins des Tuileries, les Champs d’Elysées, climbing Arc-de-Triomphe.  All that on Day 1.

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The next day , we went to Montmartre. It was  a nice sunny Sunday and  the Basilica was full.  We also walked in the area of the Marais. It is where my friend twisted her ankle . She had to go to emergency!  Not much fun  but things happen for a reason I suppose. A  year later, I know she has fully recovered .

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We still had time to visit more of Paris on our own . We even didn’t plan to see any museums like Le Louvre. We stayed in a small hotel in the 15th arrondissement and we walked some more. Jardins du Luxembourg. Quartier Latin.  We went up the Eiffel Tower and  walked on rue Cler. According to Rick Steves, there are no better place than this street to learn the fine art of living Parisian-style. We also had time to visit Cathedral Notre-Dame and have a beer while watching people walking in the rain .

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After 4 days in Paris, our trip was just starting . We were going to take the TGV and  visit another area of France.  Visit another friend also . I will tell more in another post.

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Let’s go to Paris.

Paris, Paris.…  we all dream about this City of Lights. La ville lumière. Maybe you’ve been  there, maybe you are working on that dream.  Today , I will share a few pics taken while I was there in May. I haven’t been posting anything since mid-May as we were busy traveling in Europe. In my last post, I shared a quote from Audrey Hepburn : “Paris is always a good idea.” And it was , indeed ! Coming back home was  nice as our head was full of wonderful memories. I have also  tons of pics to edit. It takes time  but I am still very happy I brought back pictures to remind me the good time we had over there. Today is only about Paris . Not much text, not enough time to say a lot. Just enjoy the photographs.

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There is so much to see in Paris. We only had 3.5 days  but we did the most we could with that time. Climbing the Eiffel Tower to the top to admire the views on  Champs de Mars and Trocadero,  visiting Notre-Dame and  Sacré-Coeur,  climbing the Arc de Triomphe, walking on the Champs Elysées, strolling in Jardins du Luxembourg and Jardins des Tuileries… Yes, lots of walking  but the metro is great also. BTW, no more locks on the Pont des Arts. They were removed shortly after our visit to Paris. Let me know how you enjoyed my photos. Thanks .

Oh yes, Today is July 14 which is the  French National  Day…

“Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet .The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789,which was the culmination in Paris of a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.” (From Wikipedia)