Paris Day 6: Alexander III Bridge

After exiting Hotel des Invalides, we strolled along Avenue de Breteuil.


It’s a wide boulevard with lots of greens. We then arrived at the Alexander III Bridge.


A column on the left bank of the Alexander III Bridge. At the base of the column is La France de Louis XIV by Laurent Marqueste.


The Alexander III Bridge spans the Seine in Paris. It is the most ornate bridge in Paris. Continue reading

Paris Day 6: Les Invalides

Les Invalides was on the next itinerary. It is commonly known as Hotel des Invalides. Hotel des Invalides is a complex in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, which houses museums and monuments related to the military history of France. It also serves as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the original purpose of the complex.


The north entrance to Hotel des Invalides.


The Musee de l’Armee is both a museum and a monument.


View of the Eiffel Tower from the lawn of the main courtyard.



The exhibits of the military museum of the Army of France are divided into several sections.  The above are from the ancient armour and arms, XIII, XVIIth century. The ancient collections here is one of the three largest arms museum in the world. It comprises of the Crown Collection, the presentation of arms and amour follows a path organised chronologically – from Saint Louis to Louis XIII, from knights to the standing army. Continue reading

Paris Day 6: The Basilica of Sacre Coeur

We started day 6 with the visit to The Basilica of Sacre Coeur, located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, which is the highest point in Paris.


The Basilica of Sacre Coeur simply means The Basilica of the Sacred Heart. It is a Roman Catholic church.


We took the tram up the butte Montmartre.


Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the basilica.


The above two photos were taken at of the entrance to the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Continue reading

Paris Day 5: Lunch at Galleries Lafayette

After visiting the Grevin Wax Museum, we intended to go to the Opera Garnier but we just missed the last English guided tour of the day. So, we went to the Galleries Lafayette for lunch.


Galleries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store chain.


The beautiful glass and steel dome.


View of the floors of department stores from a higher floor. Continue reading

Paris Day 5: Grevin Wax Museum

Our next destination was the Grevin Wax Museum, also included in the Paris Pass, otherwise the entrance price is Euro23.50.


We were greeted by the Hall of Mirrors and a world of light.


The Grevin Theatre.


The Grevin Wax Museum has a collection of 300 wax figures of famous French and foreign celebrities and historical events. The above is Mstislav Rostropovich’s concert near Berlin Wall. Continue reading

Paris Day 5: The Gourmet Chocolate Museum

Back to the Paris vacation series.

We started day 5 with breakfast at a McDonalds which is near the destination of our visit, the Gourmet Chocolate Museum.


We just had a crusty bun and coffee. The McDonalds that we visited had self serve kiosks for customers to place their orders (that is back in 2014). The McDonalds here is way more advance than what we had in Canada.


Fruit jam to go with the bun.


Our Paris Pass includes entrance to the Gourmet Chocolate Museum, otherwise it’s Euro6.50 for adult. The museum covers the history of cocoa, the story of the origin and the evolution of chocolate. Continue reading

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Slice

The last dish we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is a nourishing slice of Zucchini and Sweet Potato Loaf.


This Zucchini and Sweet Potato Loaf can be made in bulk, freeze and reheat for later consumption. It makes a great lunchbox item. The vegetables will fool the fussiest eaters.


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (squeezed out excess liquid)
  • 1 cup grated sweet potato (peeled)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or Parmesan cheese
  • cherry tomatoes for garnish

Extra Optional Ingredients

  • 4 slices of dried tomatoes, rehydrated and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 cup baby spinach


Source: this recipe is adapted from Food Matters

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