In February, Joanne and I went to Europe! We went to Paris, Nice, Florence, and Milan.
1 Friday, 2023-02-10: arrival in Paris
Upon arriving at Orly airport, we checked into the Victoria Palace Hotel.
Then we had dinner at L’Escargot Montorgueil. The food was alright.
2 Saturday, 2023-02-11
We went on a walk and then to the Louvre!
2.1 The morning walk
2.2 The Louvre
In general, I don’t take pictures of artworks because:
- it is better to just admire the masterpieces in person without worrying about taking photos,
- they are often blocked by other people, and
- extraordinarily high resolution scans are available on, for example, the Google Art Project.
After that, we had dinner at the Michelin-starred Accents Table Bourse!
3 Sunday, 2023-02-12
We originally planned to go to the Musée d’Orsay on this day but it was closed for some reason. Don’t worry, our tickets were refunded. Instead, we ended up walking around Le Marais.
4 Monday, 2023-02-13
In the morning we went to Montmartre. We took the funicular rail thing up and then walked down. We didn’t go inside the Basilica Sacre Coeur but it looked quite nice outside.
4.2 Sightseeing in the city
For lunch we went to the Michelin-starred Restaurant Auguste. I thought it was very delicious but Joanne was a bit sick and couldn’t taste anything.
In the evening I took a boat ride on the Seine.
For dinner we went to the Michelin-starred Jacques Faussat.
5 Tuesday, 2023-02-14: travelling to Nice
We took a TGV to Nice, and then checked into Le Riviera Collection hotel which is relatively cheap.
5.1 The train ride
5.2 Walking to the beach
We looked at the sunset (not pictured) which was very nice.
5.3 Old Nice
For dinner we had some really delicious Peruvian food at Yose.
6 Wednesday, 2023-02-15: a Nice hill
On this day we went to the Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas de Nice and then climbed the hill, the Colline du Château.
6.1 Travelling to Florence
We took the train to Florence. Well, we’ve got to maximize usage of the EU Rail Pass, right? But there was no direct high speed rail so we had to take several slow trains before gtting on the Frecciarossa.
- 14:50 TER86057 departs Nice-Ville
- 15:42 TER86057 arrives at Ventimiglia
- 15:57 RV3375 departs Ventimiglia
- 18:17 RV3375 arrives at Genova Piazza Principe
- 18:35 FA8591 departs Genova Piazza Principe
- 21:29 FA8591 arrives at Firenze Campo Marte
At night we checked into the Casa Howard Firenze - Residenza d’Epoca.
7 Thursday, 2023-02-16: Florence
In the morning we walked around the city, checked out the Duomo, ate some steak, and did some shopping. Too bad it was overcast so it didn’t make for any good photos.
In the afternoon we went to the Uffizi museum. I had never known there were so many ways to paint baby Jesus and it was really eye opening.
In the evening we climbed the dome of the cathedral. It was quite a workout but the view was amazing.
8 Friday, 2023-02-17
We climbed up the bell tower, the Campanile di Giotto! In my opinion, a better view than from the dome.
8.1 The Piazzale Michelangelo
Right after taking those pictures I dropped my NISI Natural Night filter on the ground and it smashed into millions of pieces. Oh well.
For dinner we had a delicious Florentine Bistecca at L’Ortone.
9 Saturday, 2023-02-18: travelling to Milan
On this day we travelled from Florence to Milan by train. Unfortunately we were sick so we just slept once we got there.
10 Sunday, 2023-02-19: Milan sightseeing
11 Monday, 2023-02-20: Back to Paris
First we bought some Chinese food. Who knew there was so much delicious Chinese food in Milan?
Then we checked into the Hotel Parisianer which is very close to the train station.
12 Tuesday, 2023-02-21
We finally went to the Orsay. It was amazing! However, the huge crowds of people in front of the Van Gogh self-portrait was a bit annoying. Overall just a little bit too crowded.
13 Wednesday, 2023-02-22
In the morning I took some line scan pictures of trains while Joanne went shopping, then we had lunch at EnYaa, then we went home!