Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Paris here we come...

Our Celebrations began on Wednesday with a trip down to London to enjoy our Tea  at Fortnum and Masons.  Our hotel was by St Pancras Station, so we decided to walk which included going down Regents Street with all of its Christmas lights. Of course passing Liberty's meant we had to visit the store.  The Christmas room was full of goodies, and the general decor was great.

On to Fortnum and Masons, who I have to say got my vote for the most festive windows in the West End.  Each window was stuffed full of colour.

Each window was dressed differently with such a lot to look at

Our 'Tea' was of the savour kind, and what a fuss was made of us.  The cake/sandwich stand was filled up with as much as you could eat, and you then had a choice of cakes from the cake trolley.  We couldn't eat any cake so a very 'posh' doggy bag was made up for us.

The red baubles contain spice tea, and the box has our cakes inside

Thursday morning we were up and ready for our train to Paris.  The station is always full of travellers, but there is still a bit of space for a fun Christmas tree....Yes - its made up of all Disney stuffed toys.

We arrived in Paris on time, and soon found our way to the Metro, then booked into our hotel.  We decided  the 'Hop on Hop off' bus was the best way to see the sites and the weather was so kind to us, it allowed us to sit on top in the open air. By the time the bus had travelled its journey, Paris was in darkness so we had the added advantage of seeing the Paris Christmas lights/decorations.

Friday was our actual anniversary so we had a bit of a photo shoot on our balcony ( not really - just practising with the selfie stick).

8.30 am.  and full of lights and glitter

We wandered down to Notre Dame and had a look at the Cathedral,  then caught the bus again, this time we did spend some time hopping on and off to visit the sites.

Our first stop was the Arc de Triomphe.  Unfortunately the lift to the top wasn't working, so we braved the stairs.......284 of them.  If our feet weren't aching before, they were now!

Back on the bus and the next stop was the Trocadero where we got off and walked to the Eiffel Tower.  Had another attempt at selfies ...

Saturday.... a visit to The Palace of Versailles, and if you could only visit one place while in Paris, this has to be the one.  The Palace is just huge and the opulence is unimaginable (no wonder the peasants rioted!). I can't imagine the beauty of this room in the evenings with the chandeliers lit and the extra candles that would be hidden behind the mirrors  -  truly like a fairy palace!


Looking at all of the stunning painted ceilings gives you a crick in your neck, but it has to be done.

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and who wouldn't want a bed like these.....

The queens bed with its summer wall hangings and bed covers

The princess's bed
the gardens spread as far as the eye can see and looked very inviting, but I think we would have needed another day to wander these

As far as the eye can see.......
For our last supper in Paris we went back to a small typical French restaurant that had been recommended on our first evening.  The meal was just as good as the first night and Mr. D had his Chocolate Soup as his desert......Yummy!!

Hazel nuts, Vanilla Ice cream and Hot Chocolate. 
We had a wonderful 50th Anniversary (thanks Neil and Megan, Sarah and Peter, Jan and Adam  and my sister Jeannette), certainly many memories to be added to the long list.  

This will be my last post before Christmas, so let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and if you're travelling - safe journey.


  1. We did Paris for our 20th Anniversary. I loved it. Looks like you had a fabulous time, what a start to the festivities! Enjoy your Christmas with your family.

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year xxx

  2. What a lovely gift. Paris is so romantic, but there is so much to see.

    Happy Christmas and a happy New Year.

  3. Hubby and I still can't believe you two have been married for 50 years....you still look like babes!:)

    Congrats dearhearts and the happiest of Christmases to you both!! xoxoxoxo