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Heartbeat

Hello everybody,

We are swapping sunglasses for umbrellas and it’s starting to feel more like Autumn here. Fortunately, Londoners still have a little more time to go outside before they spend the next 7 months indoors. If you’re looking for something to do, make sure to see Charles Petillons’ Heartbeat display in Covent Garden which is on until the 27th September (don’t ever say I don’t give you enough time!).

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The display is 54 metres in length with different dimensions for each balloon. It is meant to represent the hustle and bustle of the marketplace and I have to say is accurate; clusters of different sized people bobbing about with no purpose, and getting in each others’ way.

If you’re hungry whilst in the Covent Garden area, I very much doubt that you’re relying on this blog to find food. If you are, you have a problem. And I didn’t eat in Covent Garden on this day, so I have nothing for you.

I did however have the best burger in Dirty Burger, Whitechapel. (I may have also enjoyed it more than the balloon display, sorry Charles Petillon).

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I hope you all have a great week full of good music, good food, and some sunshine (predicted to happen for us here in England at some stage on Sunday 27th September . I’m very excited )

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Paris

Hello everybody,

It has been quite a weekend indeed; it turns out seeing a new city in 1 day and a couple of hours is not easy if you need to use the toilet or eat. We started our trip on Friday, hopping on the Eurostar  from Kings Cross to Gare du Nord.

*Note – in the spirit of not making this a depressing read, I won’t tell you about the people and families we saw running along the tracks trying to escape whatever they were running from , to get to wherever they were going. I also won’t tell you about the jackets we saw lining the fences along the train tracks which were no doubt used for crossing over. If you have been watching the news, you will be aware of all of this but trust me when I tell you it is very different seeing it out of a train window. 

Once we arrived in Paris, everything largely looked the same because it was dark.

The next day started perking up …

The Eiffel tower is quite something. I didn't realise how big it was until we stood underneath the structure. It has approximately 2.5 million rivets, for those of you that are interested in rivets.
The Eiffel tower is quite something. I didn’t realise how big it was until we stood underneath the structure. It has approximately 2.5 million rivets, for those of you who are interested in rivets.
A drivers nightmare - The Arc  de Triomphe. We watched the traffic going around this for quite some time. Could not figure out how it works. Did you know that driving insurance companies actually offer additional 'Arc de Triomphe' cover? Well there's a reason for that.
A drivers nightmare – The Arc de Triomphe. We watched the traffic going around this for quite some time. Could not figure out how it works. Did you know that driving insurance companies actually offer additional ‘Arc de Triomphe’ cover? Well there’s a reason for that. They say ‘give way to cars entering the roundabout’ but I’d like to see you try with the billions of scooters that nobody sees until it’s too late. 
The Louvre - my surprise favourite of the trip.  We didn't have time to go in unfortunately but if you get the chance, it is worth spending an entire day! You will not be bored.
The Louvre – my surprise favourite of the trip. We didn’t have time to go in unfortunately but if you get the chance, it is worth spending an entire day! You will not be bored.

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Now for the important stuff..

Pork fillet mignon. I wish this wasn't my first experience of ''real french food'' because it was *the worst* and I paid more than anyone should ever have to pay for a plate of food. The pork was dry and the bacon dotting those potatoes was tasteless.
Pork fillet mignon. I wish this wasn’t my first experience of ”real french food” because it was *the worst* and I paid more than anyone should ever have to pay for a plate of food. The pork was dry and the bacon dotting those potatoes was tasteless.
French onion soup - thankfully the French redeemed themselves from the fillet mignon the day before. The perfect cosy meal at the end of a long and active day. The soup is covered with grated cheese and normally contains croutons but mine had big pieces of bread in it.  I rather liked it.
French onion soup – thankfully the French redeemed themselves from the fillet mignon the day before. The perfect cosy meal at the end of a long and active day. The soup is covered with grated cheese and normally contains croutons but mine had big pieces of bread in it. I rather liked it.

All in all, the city had a lasting impression on us. We felt like we were part of a moving piece of art.

We have lived in London 10-15 years between the two of us and it has taken us this long to make the 2.5 hour trip but I am so glad we did.

If you are there for a quick and short stay, the metro and bus system was also easy to navigate and every site was within 20 minutes of the last so don’t hesitate to buy a travel card for the day!

Enjoy the week folks 🙂