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Stuck in Sydney whilst the rest of your Facebook friends are off travelling Europe? Not to worry, we are all in the same boat. I must admit, I am jealous, even envious. But I can’t complain, I’ve had my fair share of travelling and know that another trip is always around the corner (I have a slight addiction). I’ve worked out a good way to overcome the jealous notions though; make the most of your weekends! My next blog post will be from a one night trip to the Hunter Valley. A simple two hour drive from Sydney, it’s the perfect escape from chaotic city life. This weekend we mixed it up a little and ventured to Marrickville to try out Cornersmith (food porn on Instagram feed on the left – or below if you’re on mobile & a post to come soon), and then went Go Karting at Eastern Creek, which was so much fun..but I’m now in a bit of pain from a head on crash going around a bend. The pain was worth it though.

For those of us that really really just want to be in Europe, I can’t help you unfortunately. What I can do is share with you some more photos from my Parisian winter though. This post ties in wonderfully though, as it is also BASTILLE DAY in France!

Enjoy the photo tour of the Notre Dame. Hopefully it ignites the travel bug within you all on this cold and chilly Monday night.

Read more Paris travel blog posts here. 

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We had started off the day with a typical French breakfast. A short coffee, flakey and buttery croissant and some fresh fruit.

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My mum is a bit of a pastry lover and was eyeing off this one filled with Apricot, so we grabbed it to share as well :).

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Whilst walking, I snapped the above photo. I just love how the cafes organise their outdoor seating. Perfect for people watching.

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The beautiful exterior walking up to the Cathedral. Paris - France - Cathedral Notre Dame - Food and Travel Diary - My Kiki Cake - Sydney Food Blog - 9 Paris - France - Cathedral Notre Dame - Food and Travel Diary - My Kiki Cake - Sydney Food Blog - Notre Dame and the Seine

River Seine in all her brown water glory.

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There is no entry fee to go inside Cathedral, but you generally have to wait in line for 5 – 10 minutes to enter. Start on one side and just walk around the whole interior. The stained glass windows and candle chandeliers are very impressive.
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Trinkets for purchase before you exit.

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The last three photos above show the amazing amount of detail that has gone into the architecture and construction of this incredible place. Out of my three visits to Paris, I have visited the Notre Dame every time. It never ceases to amaze me. Paris - France - Cathedral Notre Dame - Food and Travel Diary - My Kiki Cake - Sydney Food Blog -24 7

I have so many more Paris photos to come (yes I took ALOT of photos), but the Hunter Valley is definitely next on my list as the food and hotel that we stayed at were gorgeous and I want to share them.

For those in Europe…we will continue to envy you from your tropical island escapes.

xxx