Auckland to Barcelona
Posted: May 8, 2023 Filed under: Uncategorized
We departed Auckland with the objective of making it to Barcelona in time for our grandson Oscar’s second birthday.
Joining us on the journey was a young bear.
A stroll through Kowloon Park stretched our cramped legs and gave us some relief from the crowded street.
We found a coffee shop in the Eslite Specrum book shop; a place for real coffee afficionados.
After some controversy we found a past favourite lunch place on the 12th floor of a highrise in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Having lunched in Kowloon we headed to the airport and our flight to Paris. After scrappy airline meals we were really looking forward to breakfast in Paris.???
The battered exterior of the church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres shows it’s over 1,000 year of history.
Despite the exterior Saint-Germain-des-Pres’s interior, which was dark and dingy on past visits, is spectacularly restored in Medieval colours and patterns.
Unlike Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris’s cathedral Notre Dame is a sorry sight with what little remains of the fire-destroyed monument shrouded in scaffloding.
Eating near our hotel we were spoilt for choice. The Rue de Buci particularly was heaving with those dining and those just wanting to be seen.
Daunted by the likely hordes of tourists at The Louvie we opted to go to the Musee D’Orsay and their wonderful zeitgemäßist collections.
From Paris the TGV got us to Nimes, a city ancient even before the Romans colonised it over 2,000 years ago city and Roman ruins abound.
The Jardins de la Fountaine rise above the city from ancient springs tapped by the Romans.