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Dave and Judy’s Wedding

Some of the photos I took tonight from Dave and Judy’s wedding. Enjoy…

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From a city I love!

Claire Gardner’s 25th Party


Paris – 25 July 2015

Our final day in Paris comes starts with a little rain and a welcome cool breeze. Just right for a walk around the 18th District where our hotel is.

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This is just such a beautiful area. And with some markets operating (as it’s a Saturday) it becomes very village like. Though I do wonder what one of the street signs actually means.

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Any ideas!

Paris – 24 July 2015

Our last full day in Paris.

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The Louvre first. We got there early and entered through a Metro station to get tickets. This meant I got a few photos without too many of those blessed tourists (with cameras) around!

Then we walked the Champs Elysees after going through the Jardin des Tuileries which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Past where they were setting up for the end of the Tour de France (by the Obelisk) and all the way to the Arc de Triomphe You might be able to see all the seating down the side of the road near the end.

We finished with the Sainte Chapelle Churchwhich was built to house items from the Passion of Christ. Including, apparently, a fragment of the actual cross used to crucify Christ. This church was amazing with multiple stained glass windows depicting everything from Genesis through the Bible to the Passion.

Paris – 23 July 2015

Today we went to Notre Dame, wandered around shops, had a rest and did the evening bike tour that included a trip down the river (in a boat stupid!)

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Paris – 22 July 2015

Late night! We went to the 11pm showing of Moulin Rouge which didn’t finish until well into the small hours, well after the Metro closes.


Fortunately we’re staying in the Montmarte district and it’s only about 30 minutes walking distance. Montmarte has a lovely Parisian/Bohemiam feel to it.

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No photos from Moulin Rouge as you’re not allowed cameras.

During the day we went on a bike tour of Paris with Fat Tire Bike Tours and had a great time. So good in fact that we immediately booked in for a Paris by Night tour for the next night! I can’t recommend a bike tour enough. You see so much more than walking, and you get a better feel for the city and how it all hangs together than if you just target places using the Metro.

Some of these photos were taken while on the move so don’t expect too much.

Paris 21 July 2015

Ah… Gay Paris in the summertime.

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It was like being welcomed back by an old friend… That is to say, we immediately had difficulty finding a manned ticket booth that sold the type of local transport tickets we needed! (This is an in-joke for Gabi Gardner)

That said, the Metro seems easier to get around this time. They have improved the signage in the major stations at least.

It was also pleasant to have a cooling breeze and a reasonable temperature (25 – 30 I’m guessing) after the heat of Milan especially.

We did a quick look around and found the Sacre Coeur right below where we are staying. We also went out to the Montparnasse Tower in the evening to try and get some shots of the Eiffel Tower at sunset. Then we walked to the tower for some close ups – It was a bit further than we had thought it would be!

Eiffel Tower



We’ve booked a bike tour for 11am tomorrow. Our list of things to see here includes:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Moulin Rouge (booke for tomorrow night)
  • The Louvre

We are leaving space to allow for something that may turn up on the bike tour that piques our interest for greater exploration.

Swiss Alps – 20 July 2015


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This was a long day for us… well actually a long day and night… Here’s the itinerary:

  • Alarm set for 5am to get tram to Zurich HB (Central Railway Station)
  • 7.07 Zurich to Chur (about 1.5 hours)
  • Chur 10 minute stopover, change train to Bernina Express
  • Bernina Express through Swiss Alps to Tirano (about 4.5 hours)
  • Tirano – Buy ticket to Milan
  • Tirano 10 minute stopover, change trains
  • Tirano to Milano Centrale Station (about 3 hours)
  • Wait in Milan in Railway Station as parts of it were air conditioned – It was over 40deg Cel outside and we tried to go for a walk but wilted too quickly. (about 7 hours)
  • Milan to Paris sleeper train (about 10.5 hours!) – And our carriage was initially locked as a family of four had got on in Venice and taken up all the space. (There are six bunks in the carriage but it needs to be converted to work properly – Woke them up, got them out of our bunks and converted the carriage but could hardly move because of their luggage spread out everywhere)

Now you may ask… Why would you plan such a journey… Don’t complain because you knew what you were letting yourself in for… etc etc etc (As the King of Siam would say)

And you’d be right. So I’m not complaining.

The reason we did it was that it was the only way we could fit in the Bernina Express train ride over the Swiss Alps. Apparently this is one of the top three train rides in the world.

It was (yes, I’m going to say it), awesome. It truly did inspire awe. And if it’s this good in Summer, I can’t imagine how spectacular it would be in winter. My only complaint was a lack of windows for photography purposes. I did find a small one between carriages but that was only on one side of the train.

God’s creation is indeed incredible. That said, this track has four or five spirals that match the Raurimu Spiral back in good old New Zealand.

My photographs don’t do it justice but I hope they inspire you to go on this adventure one day.

Swiss Alps

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