|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
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.
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.)
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|
|Whitehall court :Nelson's column-in Trafalgar Square( center) |
from London eye
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|
|The celling painting of Opera Garnie by Chagall|
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.
|Macaron shop through a window|