Friday, January 9, 2009


Our last morning in Paris was spent in Mont Martre as it was still too icy to climb the Eiffel Tower. What a delightful alternative! Mont Martre is such a pretty place with cobble-stoned streets and the beautiful church of Sacre Coeur. We found a delightful patisserie for morning tea, and then had to hurry back to the hotel and then to the Garde du Norde to catch the train back to London.

Once in London, we wandered the streets looking for a pair of gloves for Greg then had dinner at the Crypt.

Yesterday, Thursday, we picked up our hire car and headed out into the countryside.

We visited the gorgeous village of Avebury where there is a circle of stones similar to Stonehenge that almost encompasses the village. The stone would have been placed here at about the same time as Stonehenge - they form a much larger circle but the stones are about half the size. It's very atmospheric.

Then we went on to Lacock, which is one of the prettiest villages in England. The village is used for a lot of films and TV productions as the buildings are very old and in good condition.

We are now at Upavon where we spent the night at Manor House. It's a lovely place with a frozen pond that we can see from the window. On the recommendation of Isabel, our host, we had the most amazing dinner at the local pub - the owners worked in restaurants in New York before returning to take over this pub. Delicious!

On to Bath today!

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