Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
25Trip End Jun 06, 2010
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Second day was again on a walking tour this time through the Montemarte district (red light area) although during the day it is very Arty having been the home of Van Gogh and Picasso over the years. the walk took us past the places they lived and then up to church Basilique du sacre-coeur. a very funky area with a arts market.
the next day we did a day trip to Reims, a town in the heart of the Champagne region
Day 4 another day trip to Versailles by train. this place is amazing, basically the king Louis saw that one of his noblemen was living in a bigger place than he was so said build me a palace and garden that is the better and bigger than his. well it is huge you need a whole day to walk the garden let alone go into the palace. the canals in the garden you can hire boats to row up and down.
tonight we did a pub crawl and say the Montemarte district by night.
so the day after was a little slow which was ok because it was public holiday (labour day) and everything was shut except a few cafes and shops. we caught up on some laundry and then headed to the Bastille and Maraise district. here we found heaps of cool little pedestrian malls will lots of cafes street vender's and shops. most of the shops were shut but the area was still bustling with life.
Sunday (Happy Birthday Dad) this is the first Sunday of the month so all the museums are free entry, being are last day we wanted to go to the Louvre. Thank God we found a secret entrance with no cue at all cause the main entrance had one miles long and it was a rainy day here. So straight in for us and on to the Mona Lisa and also past Aphrodite and saw some of the coronation jewels of the french kings. After the Louvre we went back to Maraise for a lunch and another French delight the Nuttella Crepe. Tonight is the Moulin rouge.
tomorrow we sadly leave Paris and head to Istanbul.