Paris and Avignon France October 2016

Our journey began, after extensive planning, with a week on a barge in the Seine. Next, Avignon in Provence, Barcelona and Sitges in Catalonia and a final week in the Marais, Paris.

The City of Lights
The Alphonse, a 100 year old, operational river barge moored on the quay below the Bir Hakim bridge just below the Eiffel Tower
Mon Capitan
The bridge with the de Passy district on the far bank. The psychoanalysis district.
The bridge, with metro running above
A couple of bad boys
Two classic Paris cafes juxtaposed
Hemmingway hangout
The newest incarnation of Sylvia Beach's bookstore.
The original
My ersatz alma mater, where I studied la chats Gris
Pont Alexandre lll. Built as a grand entrance for the 1900 Worlds Fair
Orientation
Everything's better with gilt
Our path to the city
Monet's Water Lillies frescos in the Orangerie
Les Canard
The ominous Conciergerie, Marie Antoinette's prison, now law courts
Versailles, completed in 1682 by Louis XIV, stormed by the women of Paris in 1789, it has 721,000 sq. ft. of interior space
The Hall of Mirrors
Le Petite Trianon, Louis and Marie's favourite palace on the grounds
La toilette, with cup holder?
Marie's little fake farm, where she went to get away from her job.
Le Coc

The long day at Versailles ended at the closed train station. " Madame, there is an object on the tracks".

A street market on the right bank, behind the City of Paris Gallery of Modern Art. Most things are labelled with their provenance.
We weren't dressed for the occasion
When you shop at Louis Vuitton on the Champ-Élysées, it appears that the only available parking is for Lamborghinis
The old city wall in The St. Paul district
Le Allee de pissoires.
An old luthier shop
St. Paul
Le Bateau
Le Bateau
Avignon
Sylvain's place
Our bedroom window
French dryer
Les Halle's was close enough for me to run down and bring back cafe and croissants in the morning
Bon Appatit
Ding Dong
Avignon is a walled city
The gate to the Pont de Avignon, the St. Benizet Bridge
The Rhone River
The Vikings
The Papal Palace from the bridge
The Palace courtyard
Breast feeding series
After the rain
Vineyard in the city
The path down from the Dom

Credits:

E. Maguire / Kate Storey

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