Friday dawned and Ruby packed her bone ready to see her friends at Witherley Kennels - she loves the ladies there so we have no worries whilst away. By the time Hubby was home (early finish Fridays) our bags were packed and we were soon on the way to the station for our train to London.
We always travel in style and this was no exception - gin and tonics on board the London Midland to Euston was a perfect way to start our travels.
|G & T on the train|
There is a huge outlet centre next to Wembley stadium and after a drink at TGI Fridays (cocktail for me of course) we went to Handmade Burger for dinner. We have not been to this chain before and will definitely be visiting again - the choice was amazing. Hubby ordered at the bar and when he came back commentated on the staff being really friendly - so friendly they brought us a complimentary bottle of Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary and later free puds too - such kindness, thank you.
|Cheers at Handmade Burger|
|Reflection in The ONE Show window|
Hubby surprised me with six beautiful cupcakes complete with silver candles but we didn't light them for fear of evacuating the hotel !
|Cupcakes with silver candles from my gorgeous Hubby|
We had a great time in London - lots of photos (cheesy selfies galore) - you can see more in my London Flickr album but this is my favourite photo from our time in our capital city.
|Happy in the City|
We have been to Paris before but this was the first time arriving at Gare du Nord - it's a huge building. Our hotel was just 15 minutes walk away and very easy to find. We were Le Marais area of Paris with its many bars and cafes and when we arrived full of the sounds of live football - the World Cup really means 'world'. Over our few days we ate at a couple of local restaurants; salads, burgers, pizza, fries - typical foreign food hee hee. We did have some lovely French meals too, they are very good at sauces and café gourmands :)
Monday was our busiest and most tiring day - we started at The Louvre. The courtyard is breath-taking with the huge glass pyramid, never mind the beautiful works of art inside. We did see the Mona Lisa and many other famous pieces, as well as visiting the stunning. Napoleon III state rooms.
|In the courtyard|
|Napoleon III state room|
|Napoleon III dining room|
|The Louvre glass pyramid|
One of my 'must do' things has been to walk the Champs Elysees and look from The Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe and vica versa. It was a beautiful day weather wise and we a slow stroll, a mere 3.9 km, pausing at for ice cream at the octagonal fountain. This was the view, it did make me cry as I had wanted to see this for so many years.
|Octagonal fountain - Place de la Concorde - |
Champs Elysees- Arc de Triomphe
You can go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the view of Paris would be amazing but it was not open the day we visited, although we did stand underneath it. It was such a sunny day we decided to walk back tour hotel, just one road on the map, a road that was over 4km. We paused for a beer on the way, so exhausted we happily paid 8 euros each - ouch. It was a fabulous start to our holiday but we must have walked nearly 10km.
Tuesday was our anniversary, we'd taken family cards to open and I finally wore my new bracelet. I surprised Hubby with a new watch but it was a little large so he couldn't wear his gift.
Metro time, we did enough walking the day before, to La Tour Eiffel where we took a river cruise along the Seine. We passed all the famous sites; Grande Palais, Notre Dame, Louvre, La Chapelle. As it was a special day we took the champagne option and enjoyed a glass of bubbly as we cruised along.
|Cheers - Happy Anniverary|
|La Tour Eiffel|
|Another reflection shot of us on the River Cruise|
|Picnic by The Seine|
|All aboard - just about to go through the vault -|
we travelled right under the July Column
|The locks filled up quite quickly|
|Bassin de la Villette|
|We had come up the canal on the left|
|Who said romance was dead|
We had an amazing holiday, a definite celebration with thanks to all the companies involved. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to my darling Hubby, not only for this amazing trip but for everything over the last 25 years - I love you x x
|24th June 1989|
We are also using the occasion to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer as we sadly lost Nick's Dad to this just 8 months after our wedding https://www.justgiving.com/NickClareHearnden25th/ thank you