The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Paris Art Fashion Food Wine

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Paris Art Fashion Food Wine

Paris Art Fashion Food Wine


Paris Art Fashion Food Wine, even though generally the French are rather arrogant & rude to tourists. I’m guessing they love their city & resent the intrusion of so many foreigners.

It was 10 years ago in 2005 when I was there so I’m due to visit again soon. Last year I was in Amsterdam, Brussels and London, and in 2013 I got as close as BrugeVersailles  which of course is adjacent to the beautiful city.

Ella says it better than I can.

Notre Dame Hotel Paris.

Paris Art Fashion Food Wine

I also imagine the attraction of Paris means different things to many people. The architecture, the food & restaurants, the culture & museums, etc etc.

Grand Cluny

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Everywhere you look in Paris there is a brasserie.


Paris Art Fashion Food Wine

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a street in Paris. With its cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and clipped horse-chestnut trees, the Champs-Élysées is arguably one of the world’s most famous boulevards.

Dinner with friends in Paris

Paris Art Fashion Food Wine

Another great dinner with friends in Paris washed down with a nice Bordeaux. I’m with Gavin & Cheryl Kernot from Australia & Malvina who now lives in Paris. I first met Malvina a few years ago when she lived in Mexico city.

Paris Kebab.

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This is one of my favourite photos from Paris. I think the guy looks a little like Al Pacino.

Wonderful seafood street stall

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Malvina has a photo with this great Parisian character.

Paris Art Fashion Food Wine

Paris Art Fashion Food Wine


I rally need to plan another trip to Paris, perhaps in 2017.

David Herd loves Paris

Paris Art Fashion Food Wine


The Buddha Bar is a very cool trendy spot with good music, make sure you have plenty of money. You will find it at 8 Rue Boissy d’ Anglais M. Concorde.

Here is some Buddha bar music.

Buddha Bar.

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No prizes for guessing what dominates the floor space inside this ultra-cool Parisian imbibery. You might think it’s the Buddha that attracts the oh-so-trendy set here, as it’s always flattering to stand next to someone more rotund than yourself. A very popular haunt with drinkers and diners alike.

Royal St Michel hotel

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Sunset in Paris and another wonderful evening begins.

Cruising along the Seine.

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Buildings along the Seine.

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Take a boat cruise you won’t regret it.

Restaurant on the Seine

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So many wonderful photo opportunities along this magic river.

Cruising on the Seine.

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I think an open top boat is more fun.

I wonder if there are bats in the belfry?

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The ancient buildings are amazing.

This structure looks familiar.

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Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010. The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

Nymphs of the Seine

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The Pont Alexandre III is an arch bridge that spans the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter, widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris. It is classified as a historical monument.

Wonderful Paris statue.

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Gavin reminds some people of Michael Caine.

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Every time I hear Edith Piaf sing I immediately think of Paris.

As I said at the beginning  Everyone loves Paris, such a beautiful romantic city.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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