- Inside is a vast array of art including a Rembrandt
- The house was built in the 17th century
- It opened to the public in 1928
- The recent film ‘Belle’ was a true story and partly filmed here and is about the owners’ brothers illegitimate mixed race child who comes to live at the house
- It is now managed by English Heritage
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My second post in this series of ‘View from the top’ comes from my favourite country, Italy. I visited Florence in Italy a couple of years ago in February and one of my favourite things I did while I was there was climb Giotto’s Bell Tower to get the fantastic views over this stunningly beautiful city.
We were lucky the day we visited that it was a clear and sunny day so we really could see as far as possible. We stayed up the top of the tower for about half an hour and enjoy every view from every possible location up there.
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I am always trawling through old travel photos looking for something or just reminiscing and recently I found that so many of my travel photos have the same theme ‘View from the top’ so I thought I could start a little series on my blog about all the great places where I have had a view from the top. So to start it off I will begin with my most recent view from the top which was the Arc du Triomphe in Paris.
There is around 300 steps to the top of the Arc du Triomphe and I can imagine a little tough if you are not fit. There is a first level that provides background information about the arc and also about other arcs around the globe that are similar.
Having been up the Eiffel Tower and seen the view from the Sacre Couer I can confirm (in my opinion of course) that this is the best, although I have been told the one from the Notre Dam is not bad either.
So I hope on your next visit to Paris you will give this view from the top of the Arc du Triomphe a go.
I hope you enjoyed reading my first in this series, look out for next weeks ‘View from the top’ from Florence up the Duomo.
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I know the title of this post is ‘last tango in Paris’ and it suggests that I won’t return but I sincerely hope this is not the case it is just last time in Paris for now. I’m sure one day I will return to the city of love but this was my fifth time to Paris and the second time this year so I think my love affair with Paris has to come to an end. We started the journey in my absolute favourite way, in a comfortable seat abroad the Eurostar with a bottle of Proseco, cheese and crackers.
After two hours we arrived at Gar du Nord and got on the metro to our hotel which was near the Sacre Coeur. We stayed in Montmartre before and loved it but unfortunately this time we were in a pretty dodgy area (wrong side of the Sacre Coeur). We went out for a meal and then walked around the Sacre Coeur which was bathed in light and there was a great busker playing for a huge crowd on the steps.
The following day we just walked and walked and walked! I just love strolling around Paris. We started at Notre Dam and walked to the Eiffel Tower via the love lock bridge, Lourve, Champs el easy and up the Arc du Triomphe (post to follow soon) before settling down in front of the Eiffel Tower with some baguettes.
That evening we settled at a lovely bar/restaurant on the hill in Montmartre and drank wine and had a meal al fresco. We then moved on to another bar in Montmartre for more wine and some laughs. The following day was dedicated completely to the Louvre. I have been to the Louvre before but it was such a rushed job I’ve always been meaning to go back and do it properly. I was so impressed with the Napoleon section and really enjoyed spending a good few hours at this fascinating place. It is also worth going to the cafe with a roof terrace to get this view!
All too soon it was over and it was back on the Eurostar to London. I’ll always love Paris, my favourite film is ‘Midnight in Paris’ I have some of best memories in Paris but for now I’m closing the book on this incredible, magic, special place…for now.