Monday, August 29, 2011

Paris

Tuesday 26 July
In the morning we went to Montmatre  for a couple of hours looking around this site long associated with artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The area still has artists, and others, selling their wares.  
The Basilique du Sacre Coeur dominates the hilltop. The church was built between 1885 and 1919.
Good views from the top of the hill.
Buildings in the steep streets leading down the hill.
In the afternoon we did some shopping. We were going to visit the collection at the Musee D'Orsay but the queue was too long. Being summer holidays there was a carnival in the park.
In the evening we had dinner on a boat on the Seine - an early birthday cake appeared at the table at the end of the meal.
We then drove around Paris for a while until it was time to view the light show on the Eiffel Tower.

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