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Paris

Cold but still beautiful

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After an early start, we caught the Eurostar at St Pancras station for a comfortable trip to Paris. Our apartment near Republique was good and the weather cold but sunny. During our four days in Paris we did a lot of eating, coffee drinking, wine drinking, eating, park promenading and hurried walking. Sonia and I queued for two hours in the cold evening to ascend the Eiffel Tower for the night views. It was beautiful.
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We also visited the Pantheon, saw some famous impressionist art at Musee Dorsay, went for an evening spin through Notre Dame and wandered around the Louvre and Latin Quarter.
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I even tried out my new found French speaking skills to ask questions in shops, etc. I knew what I was talking about, not too sure that they did.

After Paris, we take a fast train to Strasbourg.

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Boxing Day

A walk to Alexandra Palace

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Although it was pretty cold today, the sky was clear so we all set off on a walk to Alexandra Palace. It is a Victorian era pleasure palace that sits in a park on a hill near here. Views from it were quite spectacular, with many of London's landmarks visible.

Under Ben's instructions, we walked on through park areas to Highgate Wood and along the rail corridor back to Crouch End. We finished off another pleasant day with a pint in a local pub.

Street near Alexandra Palace
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Alexandra Palace
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Highgate Wood
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Tomorrow we go to Paris.

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Christmas Day

Pheasants, Lamb, Salmon ...

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After preparing a combination of feathers, fur and fin, we ate a huge Christmas dinner. It also involved some exploding chestnuts in the oven and Ben's favourite selection of Alsace and Hegarty wines.

We finished a very pleasant day off with a rather cold walk around the area.

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Theatre

No Mans Land

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Ben took us to dinner and then to the theatre last night. We ate a beautiful Italian meal before going to see a play called No Man's Land at the Duke of York theatre in West End. It was a Harold Pinter play and starred Michael Gambon, David Bradley, Nick Dunning and David Walliams. It was a nice night out.

Today Sonia and Ben are doing the last little bit of shopping for Christmas dinner. Whilst out in Crouch End, Sonia was excited to be queueing in one of the shops with an actor we have seen in a few TV shows. Apparently there are a few actors living in this area. Even Doctor Who lives here, but we are yet to see the police box parked anywhere.

In an unbelievable coincidence, we joined a queue waiting to go into St Pauls this afternoon immediatey behind a young teacher from school. She is on leave and travelling around the world. Unfortunately none of us got into the carol service in the cathedral as it was a full house. It seems that the probability of meeting a person you know in a city of 7 million people is greater than that of getting into a church service.

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Back to Bristol

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After a relaxing train journey to the west, we checked into Walmer House. This B&B is located very close to where we lived previously and the lady running it was very kind to us and gave us the entire downstairs area. In the afternoon, we visited Alexis & Bev and met Solomon, their 12 mnth old baby.

On Sunday, we did some nostalgic wandering around Bristol, went to some farmers markets, met up with Alexis and family again, and had dinner at the Tobacco Factory.

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