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11.27.2010

My trip in London and Paris this Autumn


Houses of Parliament and Big Ben: Westminster Abbey(right middle)
from London Eye

Foreign Minister : Buckingham Palace(back center)
from London Eye

river Thames: Millbank Tower(back right)
from London Eye
 This was my third times to trip in London and Paris. And I was also admired the beauty of rows of houses and streets. Reddish buildings with the ground floor in London and ivory same height  buildings  with beautiful sculptures in Paris. And parks with thin shade of green at both cities relax me.


London

 I am a poor  speaker and listener in English. But when I ask something someone, I smiled a greeting and asked eagerly. So people answered  kinder than I thought.  Smiling is a good way.








Paris
 I felt both cities were flooded with cars  exhaust gas awful heavy. Especially, in Paris they went on strike against that government raised age to get pension, so the road was closed to strike and a lot of buses that local strikers  got on to come to Paris  occupied roads and I heard  ballet performance in  L'Opera de Paris was cancelled for strike on the day before we scheduled. Also I saw a man running away from many policeman at the airport and a old Gypsy woman begged to a customer who was eating outside a restaurant was hit by a waiter. I saw pickpockets of sister and brother in the metro. I thought I saw two faces of Paris. Lovely scenery and uneasy.
            
     London
We visited many places but I will write my favorite tour only.

Chicago at Cambridge Theater
     
  Musical "Chicago" at Cambridge Theatre
I was very excited at their dance. Because it  was sexy and skillful. But regrettably, I got drank and got sleep during the part of men's sexy dancing in the first half. I wanted to see it. Although I can't drink ,  I drank just before this musical.

  Covent Garden
I like to stroll around Covent Garden. There are Jubilly Market that  are selling antiques or Royal Opera House, small shops around there and a woman was singing opera tunes. It reminded me of "My fair lady." ( a woman is singing under the stair in the picture. After her singing, maybe her mother was collecting tips. Her voice was nice.)
Covent garden




  Victoria and Albert Museum
The real things like obelisk from Middle East were exhibited. The displays were so big. Maybe England may seize exhibits from Middle East or Asia etc. I thought England was a strong empire again. And people can enter free to museum and young people were copying their favorite works. so they may become to like archaeology. Dresses were exhibited,too. The British Museum or The National Gallery or this museum entertained us.


 Victoria and Albert Museum
         St.James's Park
 This park is next to Buckingham Palace. After we also saw Guardsmen parade performance we walked in this lovely park. My eyes were filled with beautiful pale green. It's eye-friendly green, mild, soft. An avenue of  big trees extend to the far and gradation of green cover the ground. Cute many squirrels are going up and down big trees and come to us to get food. I felt so comfortable.
       


   Afternoon Tea at Brown Hotel
A waitress brought  tea, milk, hot water in silver wares and served sandwiches on the bottom plate, scones on the middle plate, small cakes on the upper plate. we can get another helping so it's was more expensive than I thought.Tea was very tasty and  elegant flavor. That's because water of England matches tea,I wonder? The light of  tea room was changed to candles around at 6:30 and it's atmosphere changed to a bar.  

Scone and Tea

  Football at West Ham United's Stadium
During staying in London, there was a soccer game "Carling Cup"between  West Ham United and Stoke City. It's not famous teams like Chelsea or Arsenal but we went to experience England soccer. When we arrived at there the game was already started. So we sat down seats were vacant and I asked   people around there. They said that your seats are in opposite side but stay here. We cheered West Ham up with them. All people around there were side with West Ham. They were excited very much, crying,booing,singing,standing. They were almost middle age not young. It looks like baseball in Japan. Happily West Ham won by 3 to 1. People tremendously exulted. I was surprised that audience is near to the ground.
at home of  West ham United


Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Whitehall court :Nelson's column-in Trafalgar Square( center)
from London eye



Tower Bridge
                 Paris
The day we reached Paris was very fine. So we rode on the ferryboat in Seine. We could see the Notre-Dame de Paris from Seine very near. When the boat arrived at the Eiffel Tower stop, it became dark and the Eiffel Tower was just lit up. It was very beautiful. Base color was orange  and a lot of white dots were flickering on the orange light. I heard orange light is changed to blue on Christmas


Notre-Dame de Paris








The Tower Eiffel  at dusk from a boat
 


The Tower Eiffel was lit up

Ballet "Paquita" at Palais Garnier
I went to see Monet's Water lily at Orangerie museum alone. It's early morning so when I crossed Tuileries Park, the cold wind passed over my face. But it and  greens in Tuileries Park pleased me.


Water lily at Orangerie
We went to Opera Garnier to see ballet "Paquita".The leading character-Paquita- was performed by Myriam Ould



The celling painting of  Opera Garnie by Chagall
 

Opera Garnier



The gallery
 


Ballet "Paquita"
 
       

 
Paquita finished


   Saint  Germain des Pres
Our hotel was in Saint Germain des Pres. It was a little but has a cute court that we can have a tea. It is near a main street but quiet, and very comfortable. When we come back the hotel at late night, a young man in front desk  says "Bonsoir  Madam"with a smile. I thought the tone of "Bonsoir"suits more as greeting of night than tone of "Good Evening"and it's near to the tone of  "こんばんわ".
There were  many small cozy shop that have atmosphere of Paris around there, for example, macarons shop, delicatessen, sweet shop, bread shop, restaurant. Le Deux Magots (cafe)was near our hotel. Macarons were soft and flavorous and a shop girl put macarons into one that we choose among many lovely boxes. Unexpectedly some middle-aged men were waiting in line to buy  in the early morning. They eat them by themselves or use it as a gift, I wonder?  It's mind  my business, of course.
 There were some kind of Pate and contents were variety , delicious.  I think Japanese taste  is closer to Paris's than London's. At one brasserie, I was surprised, because the width between our small table and next small table is narrow,about 10 centimeter so we can hear next parson's conversation, of course I can't understand their French. The shop's menu was written in French only. So we asked a waiter if they  have this dish pointing a photograph in a guide book. "No." He said bluntly. So a next gentleman  spoke to us,"Any help?" He and his wife were Brazilian and they could speak four language. I thought that tables are near may be good thing.

Any way I enjoyed London and Paris.

Cafe Magots


Macaron shop through a window
        








12 件のコメント:

redrose さんのコメント...

Sara!
You have provided so many photos! The photo of ballet “Paquita”is very attravtive. I have heard some stories about your trip to London and Paris,but your photos speak more details.想像していたよりずっと美しいです。I have never been to London.
Thank you for sharing your trip!
*Redrose*

cosmos さんのコメント...

So another painstaking trip report!
Gorgeous trip based on full of individual plans to do and see.

Smile escaped my lips from your funny experience at the theater. What a shame (^_^)

You were courageous enough to go and see the museum alone, which would be impossible for me, for one thing it is because of my hopeless sense of direction.
The ceiling with the painting of Chagall is wonderful.

stardust さんのコメント...

Traveling to Europe twice in a year...what a glamorous life!

Merci beaucoup, madam, for sharing such special experiences and nice photos both in the post and on the side bar.

haricot さんのコメント...

ミラボー橋の下をセーヌ河が流れわれらの恋が流れる..........日も暮れよ、鐘も鳴れ、月日は流れ、わたしは残るfrom ”Le pont Mirabeau”「ミラボー橋」 by Apollinaire. This poem is written in autumn,I surely think so.

haricot さんのコメント...

This poem was written <--correction

sarari さんのコメント...

Thank you for comment, Redrose.
Myriam in "Paquita" was so cute,skillful. There were many fan of her in the theater. To tell the truth, we could not get tickets because of sudden trip. All good seats were sold out. Then we asked one travel agency tickets. He gained our ticket(cat 1-first seat)during 3 days. I thought that every man to his trade. Of course, I had to pay about double.

sarari さんのコメント...

Thank you for comment, Cosmos.
Individual plan is very fun, but I sometimes took mistake. I booked the time and the day of boarding London Eye before leaving Japan. But I forgot to get on it on that day. Though it's very fine day.So I went there next day and negotiated.But I had to pay more any money to get on without waiting. In addition that day was cloudy.

sarari さんのコメント...

Thank you for comment,Stardust.
I didn't know French before. But this time I was interested in it. When people speak it strongly,I don't want to hear it but when they speak it gently, the tone of French was attractive. Anyway,London and Paris are filled with their lovely culture.

sarari さんのコメント...

Thank you for comment, Haricot.
And thank you for sharing a nice poem. River Seine has a plenty of water and reflection of sunset is rose color and waves extinguish them and it's artistic and poetic. People in paris are with Seine,doesn't it?

snowwhite さんのコメント...

What a luxury tour it is!!

Afternoon tea which you enoyed is mouthwatering and at the same time, very classy.

sarari さんのコメント...

Thank you for comment, Snowwhite.
I wanted to have afternoon tea in Brown hotel. So I had to reserve a table. Taste of tea and scones and atmosphere were very delicious. And it's sufficient in quantity for us.

Marc Sheffner さんのコメント...

I introduced your blog about London to my seminar students on my blog, and borrowed one of your photos. For people who have not been to England, photos and explanation like this are extremely valuable. Thanks for posting.