Monday, 19 July 2010

This is the worst holiday blog in the history of holiday blogs...I get a prize for that right???

In case you can't count this is only the second post I've done since starting my trip, my access to the interwebs has been sadly lacking. On the upside, I've been having a grand old time galavanting around the country side. While I didn't get to Monet's Gardens, we did have two days at Disneyland, after Versailles. Which turned out to be perfect as we got to go to both parks, I discovered a fave new ride (and have the photo to prove it!). It was a keister load busier this time around and would probably not go during June-July again. Although if you do stay at one of their hotels, you get two hours in the park before it opens to the plebs...unless of course you run into evil worker William, who won't let you in 'cause you don't have the other pass, 'cause that's with your cuj, who's already in the park, and besides *I* wanted to sit on a park bench for an hour anyway >.< rarrgh!!! Apart from that and a little incident where Jake and I got stuck on a ride it was awesome! I think I also own half of Disney's stores now, can't help myself, it's all so cute.

After Paris, we had a couple of days in London to rest up and visit some more family, which was lovely, both as we hadn't seen Uncle Bill for ages and I got to meet family I'd never met before and because we got to see some English countryside, we even went over the hill that is in the opening credits of Vicar of Dibley. After a quick rest it was off to Dublin. We stayed at Trinity College, which is brilliant, I got to see part of the Book of Kells, which is housed there. Words can't really describe it, that there is something that old, still in relatively good condition, the colours are still so vibrant and just imagining how difficult it would've been to get all the different coloured paints, (crushed beetles, copper, lapis luzuli, from Persia, the Mediterranean and Afghanistan). It would've been great to have seen more, but they only display one page of illuminations and one of text. With the other two books in a separate part of the student library.

I also got to walk through the old library, apparently it's the longest building of it's kind 65 yards(?) long. I was itching to get in there though as none of it's alphabetised, they're on the shelf big to little in genres and much of it's in Latin, so really, I wouldv'e been in a bit of a pickle - so good thing Wombat & I went to the Guinness factory instead! More on that later, I'm bushed and I've got to get some beauty sleep so I can convincingly sound like I know what the hell I'm talking about when we visit the Tates tomorrow.

Until next time auf wiedersehen lovelies.


Friday, 2 July 2010

Bon Jour!

Well this is the first chance I've had to sit down and write a blog post, little or no interwebs makes Cathy a cranky girl. But I can't complain too much, I'm sitting in a Maccas in Versaille! We had a lovely day walking around the palace, we had lunch in the gardens, then hopped onto a mini train thingy to have a look at the gardens further out and at Marie-Antoinette's 'mini' house. Very stately and not quite so ever the top as the palace.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the Louvre, which was quite busy, as it's school holidays in Paris atm, but I mananged to see a tiny bit of it! There was the bone crushing visit to see Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. I only managed to walk through the galleries with the Spanish and Italian paintings, I saw a little bit of Egyptian statues, but the exhibit I wanted to see didn't start until the next day. I've got some great photos, but I'll have to wait to post them, as I need to buy a card reader, but trust me - there shall be photo's, oh yes there shall.

The night before that we visited Le Tour Eiffel, which I'm with SJP on this one, looks lovely lit up and we managed to time it right so we saw it all sparkly (nobody told me it was a Cullen!), but it was good to see it at night, as last year Asha and I saw it during the day.

Hopefully we get to visit Monet's gardens tomorrow, and if we have time pick up some tappas!! Fingers crossed it won't be too long before I get to post again, but until then stay classy Australia :)


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