Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tate Modern - Lichtenstein Exhibit

It's been a long time but with moving home, settling back to living in London and trying to get the new house in order...well, it's been difficult! Anyway, the house is still coming together thanks to busy schedules, an immense amount of stuff and, well to be honest, a little laziness. I'll post pictures when it's a bit more settled. Anyway, Ben and I are enjoying the long weekend and yesterday, we actually went further than the pub next door.

For a brief period, the Tate Modern has a Lichtenstein exhibit. It's pretty steep for the size of it at £14.50 a ticket, and if you're like me and Ben you'll zip through it in under 20 minutes, but it's got some fantastic pieces.




I loved this one - a fake mirror. There was four of them, but this was my favourite. Sorry for the quality of the pictures, you're not allowed to take any so these are sneaky phone photos.


I think Ben and I ended up spending more time in the gift shop! Not many of the pictures had a postcard equivalent which was disappointing, but we made a couple of very fun purchases!




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chris' Visit Part Six: Versailles

OK - I'm actually home now but I have one last installment about Chris' visit. Chris and I went to Versailles which was magically free for the first Sunday of the month (but this is only available in winter). Thankfully it was a beautiful day!


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Welcome to the hall of mirrors!

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Follow your guide this way! It was my sixth or so visit to Versailles so I didn't take too many picture of the usual. Chris and I zipped through the palace and started heading through the gardens.

 They're currently being redone so a lot of the statues are under covers and the first part of the gardens are dug up - not so pretty.

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Chris and I stopped for lunch - I got a niiiice cup of tea. Or at least, the best I could hope for outside of England...



Some yummy food and then we headed for the trianon. Too many people just worry about the palace since the trianon is a little walk away, but it's definitely worth seeing.

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013


Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

This is the 'petit trianon'.



Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013
Oh, and if you have time...definitely make sure you see the rock...

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

ha! Chris and I actually managed to find the little farm village as well, something I've never visited before which was absolutely amazing!

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Under this beautiful little bridge was a HUGE amount of fish!

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris was in photographer heaven!

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013
Bunny action shot!

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There's an actual working farm there as well!

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

Gorgeous!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chris' Visit Part Five: Eiffel Tower

So, after the sewer museum, feeling thoroughly cold and being in Isobel's area, we went for a drink.

Chris Paris Weekend March 2013

And then, another drink...

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

This was le dernier metro - which is a bar I used to live very near to but only just been there for an actual drink, which is a shame, cos it's a really nice little bar.

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Chris Weekend Paris March 2013
After this we were very surprised to find out that the Eiffel Tower was actually allowing people to the top since Chris has been a bit cursed with the 'sommet' being perpetually closed on his visits. Clearly no one warned them he was coming.

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Chris took countless amazing pictures from the top but I've just picked a few. It was a foggy night but views were still spectacular. And Chris bought us champagne - whoop!

Chris Weekend Paris March 2013

When in Paris!

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Chris Weekend Paris March 2013
After much picture taking, Chris and I dragged ourselves in search of a restaurant that was still serving after 10...we managed to find one....and I'm still gutted I didn't take a picture of this cake that I had but I've since learnt the name of it and damn it, I will FIND a French bakery in London and this cake and I shall be together once more! It's called a moelleux chataigne...and it is gooey decadence.

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We found this little 'passage' for dinner, lots of really quaint restaurants...it's off boulevard poissonière and google maps seems to be telling me it's called passage jouffroy or passage des panoramas...they're open late! Chris and I sat down at 11 and left just after midnight. We had plenty to do the next day!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Chris' Visit Part Four: Les Egouts

OK...so, one of the things I really wanted to do before I left Paris was visit cité universitaire. This is where I lived when I studied in Paris back in 2007, and where I met Shreena!


So Chris and I had a quick visit there and Chris took some gorgeous pictures (obviously).

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My room used to face over the courtyard here but looking at this picture, all that springs to memory is a game of flip cup Shreena and I played in Summer. Memories!

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The campus itself is pretty cool so if you've done everything in Paris and want to go for a nice walk, this would be a good place. There's also a gorgeous park opposite - parc montsouris.


Anyway, after Chris humoured me with this little trip we headed to...attraction of all Paris attractions...the Sewer Museum or, Les Egouts. And as Ben so aptly put it: "When you're visiting a sewer museum you know you've seen everything."

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Well, it was definitely something different to do....but not particularly interesting. I didn't really read all the information on how the techniques for cleaning water have evolved...

Chris Paris Weekend March 2013

The most fascinating thing I did learn was that Victor Hugo was good friends with the guy that drew up the first map of the Paris sewer system, meaning that in Les Miserables, when Jean Valjean is carrying Marius through the sewers, it's impressively accurate!

Chris Paris Weekend March 2013

Chris Paris Weekend March 2013

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Chris and I didn't really linger in the sewers. Partly cos it wasn't very interesting and partly cos we'd got there about one minute before last admissions. So after wandering round, taking pictures and generally finding the whole thing pretty funny, we decided not to buy anything at the gift shop (ha!) and went off to meet Isobel for a coffee.