Paris – What to eat

What to eat in Paris??  There are so many options, but this is our top three;

 

  1. Moules (with frites)

Yum! White wine, onions, mussel and chips, favourite!

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2. Confit duck leg

Ohhhhhh, yes, yes, a thousand times yes!  All of the yummmmm

 

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3. Onion Soup

The rich deliciousness topped with cheese and bread! What more could you ask for!

 

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Paris – Again

Sneaky weekend away to Paris…not like that, with the family this time.  We arrive, its November, its raining and it does not stop but that is okay we have places to me.

For our first outing we head to The Catacombes.  Mr Elf and I have had two previous attempts to get into The Catacombes, so I am willing to cue in the rain for two hours to get in.  Yes two hours!  You can book tickets in advance which I would recommend, it is more expensive but definitely worth it.  Once inside you descend beneath Paris into her ossuaries.  The bones of six million Parisians are entombed below Paris, gathered from many of the old cemeteries and Charnal Houses of Paris.  The renovations that were started in 1810 transformed The Catacombes into an underground walk for the macabre of nature!

The Catacombes are full of history and are very fascinating.  I am very happy to have finally made it in.  Definitely recommend adding it to your list of Paris musts!

We finish our evening with a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the sparkly beauty of Paris.  Glorious as always.

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A little more poetry

I wanted to share a little more poetry from one of the poets local to the Wye Valley area, Edward Thomas.  Again this is just an excerpt from this poem, please do go and read it all.


Haymaking
– Edward Thomas

Aftear night’s thunder far away had rolled
The fiery day had a kernel sweet of cold,
And in the perfect blue the clouds uncurled,
Like the first gods before they made the world
And misery, swimming the stormless sea
In beauty and in divine gaiety.
The smooth white empty road was lightly strewn
With leaves—the holly’s Autumn falls in June—
And fir cones standing stiff up in the heat.
The mill-foot water tumbled white and lit
With tossing crystals, happier than any crowd
Of children pouring out of school aloud.

Mowgli’s Wye Valley Adventure – Day 2

It is day two, after an amazing breakfast at our lovely BnB we are ready to head off.  We jump in the car and head off to Monmouth to have a little explore of the village, we walk to the river Wye, and visit the famous bridge, we do part of the tourist walk and see the Judges’ Lodging and old Market Street.

The weather starts to clear so we head to Usk Castle in Usk.  Usk Castle is privately owned and free to enter during the day, with donations requested.  It is dog friendly, so we wander around the remains,  it is quite beautiful with well tended gardens and lovely views.

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Usk Castle

Next we head to Tintern Abbey.  The ruins of the cistercian abbey are impressive and vast.  It is of course, dog friendly as long as your friend is on a lead and you make sure you pick up after them.  Its £6.90 for adults and free for dogs.  The ruins are well preserved with lots of information boards around the site.  The Abbey is one of the oldest tourist sites, and reported to be one of the first package holiday destinations.  More Information here.

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Tintern Abbey

We follow the Wye river path to the old mill and wander the art and craft shops before heading out of Tintern.

On recommendation we make our way to The Miners Arms in Lydney for dinner.  This plain looking local pub turns out to be one of the best meals we have had in a long time.  The coconut and pumpkin soup is amazing,  the pork belly is tender and all the food is locally produced.  This really is a great find!

 

Tintern Abbey

I have enclosed below a small part of a poem by William Wordsworth which I find very beautiful.  Please do read the rest, I think it evokes the beauty of the area and brings the ruins to mind.
Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798
– William Wordsworth
“…And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought,
With many recognitions dim and faint,
And somewhat of a sad perplexity,
The picture of the mind revives again:
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years. And so I dare to hope,
Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first
I came among these hills; when like a roe
I bounded o’er the mountains, by the sides
Of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams,
Wherever nature led: more like a man
Flying from something that he dreads, than one
Who sought the thing he loved. …”

Mowgli’s Wye Valley Adventure – Day 1

It’s time for a weekend away, so we’re off to a BnB in the Wye Valley.  We decide to stay at a small BnB near the little village of St Briavels.  More information on the BnB here it is dog friendly so Mowgli is coming with us.

We drive from London and enjoy the winding drive to through the countryside.  On the way we stop at the Salutation Inn and enjoy their lunch time deal.  The Inn is a lovely snug spot with great food and a local selection of beers for those not driving and is dog friendly.

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The Salutation Inn

We arrive and check in at The Green Gables, then we head off on a walk to the village of St Briavels.  The Castle is in this little village is actually a Youth Hostel that you can stay in.  You can walk around the inside and there is a little guide at the desk which talks you through the history of the Castle and the grounds.  We wander around and enjoy the view.  The George pub (also a dog friendly pub) serves great food, the stroganoff was particularly yum.

sdr

St Briavels

We walk back, Mowgli meets some sheep for the first time.

 

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Sheep