So….Cruise vs DIY?

So did we do it better than taking a cruise? Well, if you take out having to lug our suitcases everywhere, on and off trains, to and from airports and up and down all the steps we ended up having to navigate, then we obviously would have had a better time of it on a…

Mr Monet’s Incredible Garden

Day trips out of the city are a great way to go.  I’m not feeling so much in love with Paris as everyone else seems to – it’s such a huge city, dirty and smelly and full of cigarette smoke  a bit impersonal (except for yesterday when I managed to ask for a glass of…

Macarons with Marie Antoinette

The Palace of Versailles (once the home of King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette) is on the agenda for today and we are doing it the easy way by getting someone to pick us up, take us and drop us back (France Tourisme).  We had booked another Versailles Day Trip, which luckily for us got…

Exploration Day in Paris

The area of Montmartre is quite an arty little centre, though these days it’s more likely filled with artists trying to convince you to sit for a caricature of yourself.  Back in the good old days it was frequented by the likes of Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Dali. From the beginning, Montmartre (mountain of martyrs)…

A higgledy piggledy lucky day

I’m standing in line at Lisbon airport, rather sad to be leaving this beautiful city.  Blip, blip, blip…goes the scanner as it registers the boarding passes of those standing before me.  Bah, bah, bah goes mine.  Oh crap – what’s happened?  Why is my ticket going bah, bah, bah instead of blip?  Have they found…