The afternoon was dry though cloudy and we were able to visit the Festival of Britain exhibition at the Festival Hall before taking an evening stroll along the South Bank. This is "our place" since when I first met my husband I was living in Dorset and he in Cheam and I used to come up to visit every couple of weeks and he would take me back to Waterloo for my train home on Sunday evenings and if we had time to spare we would wander along the South Bank together but that's a very long time ago!!
The London Eye wasn't there back then of course!
This sign was on the side of a beach hut displaying a mosaic made up of bits and pieces found on the river bank which I showed you here and it expresses exactly what I love so much about London in a way I could never hope to put into words.
This pretty garden is part of the beach along the South Bank just now and is looking so much greener than when I last visited during a dry spell. Lovely isn't it?
St Paul's amidst the cranes!
We had dinner in a restaurant having watched some entertainers and looked at the booksellers' wares and so on and when we left the sun was setting and the sky looked so lovely
Not a fire simply the sun setting - fabulous isn't it? Our hotel was very comfortable and quiet in spite of our being on the ground floor right next to the busy Kings Cross Road! We slept well and left for the short walk to St Pancras about 7.00 am. Having checked in we had time for some breakfast before boarding the Eurostar to start our weekend called Secret Paris Revisited. We had been previously on a short break called Secret Paris on Foot and enjoyed it so this was to be a follow on from that. I posted about that trip here
Sunday morning in Paris: I thought how different the architecture is in Paris and how very French the buildings looked (well they would wouldn't they!) We made our way to our hotel and had time for some lunch before we made our way to our first rendez vous for a walk round the area known as the Mouffetard Quarter.
With a guided walk such as this we saw all sorts of things we might not otherwise have noticed such as this lovely courtyard set behind gates. This one was behind metal gates but sometimes our guide was able to open wooden gates and take us inside to see the private area behind.
We visited this church - St Etienne-du-cMont - which houses the shrine of Saint Genevieve who is the patron saint of Paris - something I hadn't known before - apparently she saved the city from attack by Atilla . She was born in 422 and died in 512 so she lived to be a good age especially for those days!
Here she is in her niche on the right of the door to the church. Unfortunately as it was a Sunday we were not able to wander round at will with our guide as a service was taking place inside.
St Genevieve had a street named after her but duing the Revolution all streets names with a religious connotation had to be altered and the Saint was deleted! It is now called something else entirely!
Another pretty courtyard hidden away.
Just next to the church St Etienne-du-Mont is this huge building originally built between 1764 and 1790 by Louis XV after he had recovered from a desperate illness and he wanted the church to honour St Genbevieve but during the Revolution it was turned into a panthenon - a monument to house the tombs of France's great heroes. It has been secularized and desecularized again since then and was finally made into a civic building in 1885. Again we didn't go inside.After a supper in the Latin Quarter where the little cobbled street was filled with tables for all the many little restaurants we made our way towards the Seine where we had a wander along thinking that the previous evening we had been walking along the South Bank of the River Thames and how similar the evening was!
See even the same sunset!
By now we were ready to wend our way back to our hotel for the night. We got quite adept at using the Metro and with the Paris Passes we had been given as part of the deal we could use the underground as much as we liked so we did!
I think that by now you will have had enough so I will save the rest for another time. I hope you enjoyed our tour and that your feet are not as tired as ours were by the end of our weekend!!