Saturday, 19 January 2013

Hatfield Forest

I know we were in Paris but I'm going off track again.

With all the snow about I wandered over Hatfield Forest. Given the light i thought Black & White apt....

Uh this is a lake...

The ducks, swan and lone Great Crested Grebe were in one small part of the lake.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Paris Day 2 - In which Tricia faces her fears

Ah yes we were in Paris!

And so to the first full day. My friend Trish was determined to get beyond the second level of the Eifel tower  and as the weather forecast for the weekend were poor and as we poked head outside of the hotel it was dry off we trotted....

Here it is Trish now stop b*gg*r*ng about taking pictures of House Sparrows....

IT's a bit big!

and tall!!

But our heroine made it up and was greeted with fine views.....

The weather was dull and grey but as soon as we got down the sun came out...

This young lady was part of a fashion shoot.

Heading up the Champs Elysees. It's lovely and wide so never felt crowded

Ah the Arc De Triomphe. You get to it via a an underpass.

Ah here she is our heroine with her usual lunchtime tipple a glass of Red :D We had lunch on the Champs Elysees to celebrate her triumph.

The Grand and Petit Palais

So to the Hotel De Invalides

Les Invalides was built by Louis XIV in the 1670's for old or invalid soldiers. Today Louis' chapel of Les Invalides church houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte (they were placed there in 1861). Les Invalides has a garden, museum and the church. It's a beautiful place.

Napoleon's tomb which is in the chapel of the church which you now visit separately.

The church.....

 And so endeth the first full day in Paris.