a night out in paris

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We are going to trying something a little different to share with you about our night in Paris. So here goes:

This is the tale of how David and Le

Went out on a “date” in the city, “Paree”

The plan was to have a good decent feed,

With dessert as a want, more than a need.

Followed by watching the popular show,

The place with the windmill was where they would go!


All ready to go, stepping out of the door,

There came a light sprinkle that fell to the floor.

Which turned to a monster downpour of rain,

Opening their umbrellas was completely in vain.

The rain came down sideways, and soaked them right through

Drenched waist down, there was a flood in Le’s shoe!

But David and Le kept soldiering on,

Hoping it would blow through & soon be gone.

A romantic French dinner was not on the cards,

It was pizza instead, Italy sent her regards!

The first place they stopped to hide from the wet,

Was a pub that was dark and stinking of sweat!


And would you believe, when the pizza arrived,

The rain did clear, the sun once again thrived.

Off to dessert then, next door for crème caramel

And Nutella crepes which served their tummies so well!

It all became funny, when the waiter came by,

And offered them pepper. With dessert? Oh my!


And then it was Moulin Rouge, this was their highlight.

Definitely brightened up their wacky start to the night.

The dancing and music, it was really upbeat,

The 2-hour show was clearly a treat.

The lights and the costumes bedazzled the crowd,

All the performances were applauded real loud!


The couple that shined were the two in their skates,

The couple that daringly balanced did rate.

The man with the voices was clever and witty

The end of his jokes and these acts were a pity.

Never had David and Le seen such a show

It was money well spent, their 200 Euro!


Hope you enjoyed our attempt at poetry in the romantic city that is Paris 🙂

And if you cringed….. well, we achieved what we wanted!

Overall, the take home message:

Is Moulin Rouge worth it?

Definitely! It is a must-see! And we were so glad we did. We chose to attend the 9 pm show which we were happy with in terms of getting seated and heading back to the hotel at a decent hour. The 11 pm show had a line up to enter as we were leaving that extended to the end of the block and around the corner. Absolutely crazy!

Anyway, hope you all enjoy the week ahead!

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from paris to berlin

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“From Paris to Berlin, And every disco I get in. My heart is pumping for love…..” Infernal 

This song was our anthem for a long while and now we are here in Berlin. We farewelled Paris by spending a day at Disneyland Paris. For a day, we were able to be big kids, cuddling (and at times almost choking) all our favourite Disney characters. It was one of our highlights of this European adventure so far.


We made it to Germany after a little drama with the staff at the Air France check in counter. We asked to be seated together when we checked in but were told firmly that the flight was ALL booked out and that there was nothing the ground staff could do for us. And that we needed to just wait til we got on board to sort out our seating. Funnily enough when we climbed onboard and settled down, both of us were sitting beside empty seats. What were the chances of that – gee whiz!

Getting past German customs was another rather intriguing encounter. We have been questioned about what was in our luggages many a-times before but not in such an odd manner as we did at Berlin Airport. As we were collecting our luggage off the carousel, we were promptly pulled aside by a stocky, blond German man who was unlikely to be much older than us. The conversation went a little something like this:

Him: (expressionless face) “Hello. Welcome to Germany!”

Us: (all smiles) “Thank you!”

Him: “Where have you come from?”

Us: “Paris”

Him: “Can I see your passports?”

Us: (handing them over).

Him: “You are from Australia.”

Us: “Yes, we have been travelling since July around Europe.”

Him: (in a stern voice) “Do you have anything to declare?”

Us: “Nope!”

Him: (still in a stern voice) “Any drugs?”

Us: “No!”

Him: “Do you have a koala bear in your suitcase?” (clearly a joke but still in his stern voice)

Us: “Uhh…. if there was one, he would be dead now…” (jokingly)

Him: “Okay – you can go.” And still NOT even a smirk from him.

Victory Column
Victory Column

Anyway, Berlin is a city full of surprises. We turn one corner and there is a marathon going, we walk a little further and there are modern buildings, we walk another way and there are historical buildings and the most unusual thing we stumbled come across had to be the nude sunbathing park in the middle of the city while we were looking for the Victory Column. We’re sure this isn’t the reason that everyone seems to love Berlin so much.

paris on the cheap

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An uncle with an unused apartment in Paris is extremely convenient! We set up base for two weeks to explore parts of France there. Accommodation prices in Paris were astronomical so for us to be able to save that much money, we were able to make our money go a little further!

Here we are in France in September and it is still hot. This heat wave that has hit Europe was giving us an extra long experience of summer. We spent our days in Paris walking the streets, exploring the touristy things as expected but also experiencing it as if we were a local. We caught the metro from the apartment, we shopped at the local supermarket to pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner, we tried using some high school French that we knew… not that J’ai douze ans (translation: I’m 12 years old) would EVER come in handy.

Does this need a caption?
Does this need a caption?

As with any other person’s holiday to France, we also visited Versailles to be wide-eyed at the Palace and its gardens. One word to describe it: “magnifique”. We spent most of our time in the gardens, exploring and wandering and if there is ONE tip that we can offer, it is this: Be prepared to pay 5 Euros for orange juice in a tiny plastic cup.

Versailles Gardens
Versailles Gardens

We also got a taste  of the Loire Valley by catching a train to Tours. All the tours to the chateaus were fully booked so we resorted to having a taxi driver for the day to take us around for 80 Euros. He took us to Chateau de Chenonceau, apparently the most impressive. Impressive it was but now we want to see the others. Its now been slapped onto our to-do for future.

Chateau Chenonceau
Chateau de Chenonceau