London Paris Vibe

Starting with the London Vibe

In London, it’s excitement! World-class plays, shopping, great sightseeing and drinking ales until the week hours of the morning. You can’t wait to sink your teeth into a good basket of Fish and Chips as only London can serve them up. Then take a walk through Hyde Park after checking out what street artists are selling today. Retro paintings, jewelry, and interesting one of a kind artsy pieces.

The Prince Albert memorial statue in Kensington Gardens, London UK

The Albert Memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Prince Albert in Kensington Gardens. It’s one of the most intricate memorials in London

Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, London UK

John’s favorite statue in London. Peter Pan is tiny but whimsical. Full of personality!

Band playing music in a London UK nightclub

We were just as surprised as the other patrons here to find Country Western is alive and well in London

Wandering through the British Museum you try to imprint on your mind all the art and artifacts from centuries past. The Egyptian Tombs from the days of Pharaoh, golden mosaic icons that adorned ancient churches and statues that are so lifelike you wouldn’t be surprised if they actually blink their eyes. Moving over to the National Gallery brings reality to your old high school classes that originally introduced you to “The Masters”. From Van Gogh to Rembrandt, Michelangelo to Monet or Botticelli. They are all there, you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not a dream!

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My husbands favorite street is a small charming road near the British Museum that is jammed with music shops and historic instruments that takes you back to the time of the Beatles.

Also a must is to take some time and wander through the Camden Market. A wonderful 30-year-old market situated under the Old North Western Railway. Shopping this open air market is the best way to spend the day, with vendors selling crafts, clothing, colorful produce and good food to boot!

Camden Market London UK

You will find just about anything you would ever want at Camden Market.

A little London night vibe

Of course you can’t miss the bird’s eye view of London and the Thames River on the London Eye Observation Wheel. Especially night-time rides will leave you with a whimsical impression of this world-class city.

The London Eye at night

Don’t let fear of heights stop you from taking the London Eye. The views are spectacular.

What a better way to get to Paris than taking the Eurostar. I love falling into those comfortable seats that have a huge window next to them. The wide view entices you to gaze upon the gorgeous French countryside from Calais to Paris. I imagine speeding through the Chunnel is an event that most travelers dream of.

Eurostar train

Getting into that London Paris Vibe includes the train between cities

The Paris Vibe

You know…I think it’s all about the romance. I’m not even talking about the romance being with my husband. But its the romance of the past and the city’s amazing architecture that makes Paris so great. The romance of walking along the Seine River as we stroll at night near Notre Dame. The lights glowing softly on the flowing river below. The romance again as you view the squared cityscape from Paris’s only hill at Sacre Couer. Or, enjoying a smooth glass of French wine at a trendy bistro in the Latin Quarter.

Notre Dame and the Seine River at night in Paris France

One of my favorite shots of Notre Dame John took in Paris. Love the peacefulness of it.

Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris France

Sacre Coeur Basilica. Don’t you love all the different dimensions in the architecture?

A view of Paris and the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower in Paris France

A view of Paris and the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower

Walking down the Champs Elysees poking through the shops. Wondering if that dress in the window could have been walked down a fashion runway by a famous model. And if it would look as nice on me. Or if that expensive but sweetly fragrant bottle of French perfume will impress my girlfriends back home.

Walking down the original Roman Road in the afternoon makes me happy. Parisian cafe’s and shops is just what every woman loves. On the other hand my husband enjoys tiny unsuspecting surprises. For instance, as you turn a corner from the street and find a hidden ancient Roman Coliseum.

Adding on a little Versailles Vibe too

Even better is the short trip to Versailles! What a romantic way to spend the day. Walking through the halls of optimum opulence laced in gilded gold and vibrant ceiling frescoes. The Hall of Mirrors known also as The Grande Galerie was created to show the economic prosperity of the kingdom. Mostly used for special occasions. The elaborate bedrooms share stories of the past with paintings hanging like history books on the walls. Very romantic!

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After touring the complex but gushing riches in the Baroque Palace, meandering the vibrant gardens just out back is peaceful and lovely. Rent a small boat in the private lake with a small picnic is the perfect way to spend the day.

This short synopsis of two top-notch cities I hope will inspire you to visit and experience them for yourselves!

19 Comments:

  1. In all of my travels, I have only been to one European country and that was Paris. London is on my list. It just seems like a must see.

  2. Two of my all time fave cities in the world, although I will admit to favouring Paris. You’ve picked up on some of the great highlights here too. Such great iconic cities for people to visit.

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      Know what? I have to admit Paris edges out London for me too. I wonder if its the croissants? 😀

  3. As much as I’ve traveled I’ve never been to either London or Paris! I actually hope to make it to London this summer. Now that the pound is down it’s more affordable, which is what has always stopped me from going before. I’ll have to save this for when I do go!

  4. Informative post! Great run down of the London highlights 🙂 Looks like you had fun!

  5. Lovely photos! Everyone should do a London-Paris tour once in their life if they can! Although my favorite spots will always be in Italy…

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      I agree, London and Paris are two cities that should be a must on everyone’s bucket list. But then again, Italy has an awful lot to offer too! 🙂

  6. I absolutely love London – the British Museum must be one of the best in the world. And though I’ve been to Paris several times I’ve never managed to see Versailles – I must get there soon! I think the view from the Sacre Coeur is also one of the best. Would love to do a couple of days in London and then to Paris on Eurostar!

  7. I still haven’t seen much of London despite dating a guy who lived there. Paris is great though I love it there, though I have always flown. I never liked the idea of getting the train through the tunnel!!

  8. I love London! Such a vibrant place to get around. And as for Paris, I love seeing Sacre Coeur – but from the back of the cathedral. Everyone always crowds around the front for the view, but I love being behind it and looking up at the beautiful architecture.

  9. This brings back so many memories of Paris. I will be visiting London for the first time in May, and I can’t wait!! I’ll be sure to check out Camden Market and the small road near the British Museum!! I will def check out the London Eye at night. I’m sure it’ll give me a good glimpse of the city!

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      May will be here before you know it. You are going to have so much fun when you go there!

  10. I haven’t been to either of these places yet but they are high up on my list. Maybe next year. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love Paris its a great place, cant wait to go back!

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