A Brief Weekend in Liverpool

As part of my birthday celebrations and presents, I was treated to a weekend in Liverpool with my sister. She'd bought me tickets to see Steps at the Echo Arena which was absolutely incredible, as well as a huge nostalgia trip! We did also get the chance to wander along the waterfront and potter around…

Notre-Dame

To finish up this tour of the Île de la Cité, we headed to the Notre-Dame, one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. The first stone of this spectacular structure was laid way back in 1163 by either Bishop Maurice de Sully, or Pope Alexander III, no one really knows. It was built…

Palais de Justice

We're on the home straight now in this series on the Île de la Cité with this fourth part about the Palais de Justice. First things first though. The Palais de Justice is really two things. It can refer to the Palais de la Cité complex, which includes the Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle. But it can…

Sainte-Chapelle

Here we are again, back on the Île de la Cité, and into one of the most colourful churches on Earth. Like the Conciergerie, Sainte Chapelle is part of the Palais de la Cité complex which sits in the heart of the island. The church was built over six years, starting in 1242, as per…

Conciergerie

Part 2 of my Île de la Cité ventures took me to the Conciergerie, has been at times a prison, a royal residence, and is now a museum and functioning courts. This, along with Sainte Chapelle, are the last remnants of the oldest royal palace in France, which is pretty awesome. Before starting this properly,…

Marché aux Fleurs

A few weeks ago, my friend, Connie, and I spent an entire day on the Île de la Cité to take in all that it has to offer, which is a surprising amount for such a small piece of land. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting about and uploading my photos from…

Jardin des Plantes

Home to thousands of plant species, the Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France, and forms one eleventh of the 'Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle' (No prizes for guessing it's English translation). It's also right over the road from the Grand Mosque of Paris so it's easy to combine a trip to both…