This week the girls and I had a couple of days exploring Central London and taking in more of the tourist sights….Covent Garden, West End, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Oxford Street. We visited Fortnum and Mason, Hamleys, Selfridges and of course my all-time favourite, Liberty.
We also spent a day at Kew Gardens which is quite close by. The gardens were so different to last time I’d visited which was in summer time – not nearly as many garden beds in flower but the autumn colours were spectacular. Again it was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies but it is starting to get dark earlier each day!
And the week ended brilliantly with four days in Paris. The girls and I caught the early Eurostar train on Friday morning and Mal joined us on Friday night. The hotel we stayed in was a bit dodgy and Paris was really quite dirty – lots of rubbish in the streets and most of the public toilets in not a nice state – but it’s still a beautiful city.
On Friday we visited Sacre Coure and Montmarte then the Eiffel Tower. Saturday we visited the antique markets, then Palais Jardin followed by Musee D’Orsay and dinner in the Latin Quarter. On Sunday we spent most of the day in the Louvre – the girls were enthralled! Then after visiting the Eiffel Tower at night we walked along Champs Elyse and had dinner……even coaxing the girls to try snails (not resulting in glowing reviews….)
Monday was Lucy’s birthday. Mal went back to London early but the girls and I went up the Eiffel Tower, to the Orangerie to see Monet’s Waterlilies and to Notre Dame before catching a late train back ‘home’.