Sunday, 15 June 2014

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A little more of  my Paris trip for you today.

Our next stop on this day was the house of the author Victor Hugo.  I am a huge Les Miserables fan, so of course I had to visit one of the places where he lived.

The photo on the top left of the page above shows his writing desk.  I was fascinated to learn that he wrote while standing up.  We also walked a lap of the square his house faces onto - Places des Vosges.  It used to be a Royal Residence and gardens, but the inside is now this gorgeous park that is tucked away from the main road and quite lovely and peaceful.

After we left there we continued down Rue de Rivoli towards the site of the Bastille. I'm also a fan of the works of Alexandre Dumas, who references the Bastille in his Muskateer books.  The Bastile itself is long gone - it was torn down and the bricks reused to build Pont de la Concorde.  At the site is now the Colonne De Juillet, built to mark the July Revolution.

Apparently the bodies of the Revolutionaries are buried under the monument.  The base of the monument is quiet graffitied, mostly with social protest slogans.  The Column is still a site of protest - apparently protest marches follow the Rue es Rivoli and end at the Column.

Our next stop was the famed Berthillon. It's on Ile St-Louis, which is the island beside the one that Notre-Dame sits on.  According to the Lonely Planet Guide Berthillon makes the best icecream in all of Europe.  As we were in the area we decided to give it a go.  Rob was amazed that we had to line up for nearly half an hour to get our icecream, but I insisted.  I thought it was worth the wait, but Rob didn't enjoy his choices as much.  We both had 2 scoops.  I had Lemon and Raspberry gelato.  The server was very clever, putting the raspberry on the bottom and lemon on top.  The lemon was very tart and a big contrast to the sweet raspberry.  Rob ordered Coffee and Ginger and I think he found the ginger a bit too overwhelming.

See you next week with some more of my Paris album.

Bye for now,


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