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Art in a door in Paris

When one sees an open door with interesting things inside, one walks through that door. And that is what we did when we stumbled on an art installation on this fine afternoon in Paris. The installation was at Église des Billettes, a striking looking building in the Marais district. Upon…


Rodin Museum in the rain!

After making a run for it with the heaven’s about to open on us at The Eiffel Tower, we jumped in a cab to The Rodin Museum. This attraction had been on our to-do list and was a recommendation from Elyse’s mum who had been here last year (thanks Ruth!)….


A walk to The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is arguably Paris’ most famous landmark. Due to the relative absence of hills in the French capital (save for Montmartre), it’s hard not to see the Tower from pretty much anywhere. Being up close and personal with it, though, is entirely different. As we’ve noted before, travelling…


First full day in Paris – I love it here!

One of the (many) great things about Paris is that there’s so much to see within walking distance of other attractions. On this glorious Tuesday, our first full day in Paris, we decided to take to the streets and get a feel for the neighbourhood. Wandering up through The Tuileries…


Sesame Street in Paris

While attempting to make our way to the National Picasso Museum, Clarrie decided we needed to make a pit stop at a park. As I’ve said before, this is part of the joy (and sometimes frustration) of travelling with little tikes. What struck us about this park wasn’t the park…


Square Jean XXIII – The park behind Notre Dame Cathedral

Square Jean XXIII is the park on the southern and eastern ‘rear’ sides of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It’s a wonderful tranquil area with swings for the kids, park benches for the adults and flowers for all. With great views of not only Notre Dame, but also the Seine,…


Climbing the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers

Climbing the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers is an absolute must-do while in Paris, especially if you don’t make it up the Eiffel Tower or Arc De Triomphe (ie: me). After going through the cathedral, Clarrie had fallen asleep in Elyse’s carrier, so it was decided I would go up the…


Visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral was near the top of my list of things to do while in Paris. The cathedral is a captivating building, with construction taking close to 300 years, starting in the 12th century. Being that it took so long to build, there are a variety of architectural styles…


L’aire de jeux dans le Jardin des Tuileries

Yeah baby – I can type in French! Welcome to Paris Upon arriving in Paris, we dumped our bags in the apartment and headed straight across the road to Tuileries Garden, which is the biggest park I have ever seen. It’s also our front yard. I really did well booking…


The Happiest Caffe in Paris

Happy Caffe has been one of our go-to places for our week in Paris. Situated next door to our apartment on Rue De Rivoli, and serving a fabulous selection of affordable sandwiches, crepes, and most importantly, beer. The owner was great for a chat, and they’re open late which is…


Catching the TGV fast train to Paris

After our stellar rail experience between Rome and Venice a few weeks ago, I was really looking forward to this one. We don’t have anything close to a fast train in Australia, and crossing large swathes of distance in a few hours is a completely alien experience to us Aussies….



Riquewihr is like being in an Asterix comic!

Riquewihr is a village in the east of France, quite near the German border and according to Wikipedia is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. When organising to stay with my brother and his family at Malsburg-Marzel, we left all the planning to him. I figured he…


The fairytale town of Malsburg-Marzell in Germany

Malsburg-Marzell is a tiny town in southern Germany. It borders the Black Forest, and the only reason we’re here is because my brother is. One can’t cross the planet and not see one’s brothers family when one is quite literally only a few hours away. So one did. And that…


Zurich Arboretum

Today’s mission was to drive from Alpnachstad to my brothers place in southern Germany. At around 2 hours, we decided to break up the drive by stopping off somewhere along the way. There were a few options we looked into, such as , or . We ended up deciding on…


Why you should consider a Swiss Travel Pass

Trains in Switzerland are fast, comfortable and on time. They are also pretty expensive. Depending on how long you’re in the country, you may find that a Swiss Travel Pass to be very much worth your while. A return trip from Alpnachstad to Lucerne for both of us cost around…


Staying in Alpnach vs Lucerne

We did a fair bit of research before booking all of our accommodation for this trip. As we do for most of our overseas jaunts, we booked the inbound and outbound flights first, and then worked out the details later. When we initially booked the flights we really had no…


A wonderful day trip to Liechtenstein

You should definitely go to Liechtenstein. Now, when I say “You should definitely go to Liechtenstein”, I mean if you’re in the area. If you’re currently on a paddle steamer heading down the Mississippi then don’t feel like you need to drop everything and leg it to Vaduz. If you’re…


Liechtenstein Postal Museum

The Liechtenstein Postal Museum wasn’t the most fascinating of places we saw while in the small Alpine principality. It was smaller than we expected, but was free, so one can’t really complain! As you may have guessed, it’s a museum about postage stamps and Liechtenstein’s history through stamps, as well…


Liechtenstein National Museum

The Liechtenstein National Museum was absolutely fantastic, and far bigger and more comprehensive than we were expecting. The staff even let us have a little look around before we committed to purchasing tickets. There is a free audio tour in English, which is helpful considering all the signage is in…