Today we saw the Joconde
Trip Start May 28, 2008
28Trip End Jul 02, 2008
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When you get up in the morning to have your shower, if there is only tepid water, you know you are not in a 3 star hotel....
Everything else about this hostel is great. Clean sheets, a bath for our room which only has 4 beds, a kitchen to use to prepare meals (although it is not well equipped and you first have to wash everything - sometimes the pots and dishes were used 2 or 3 days ago!), no lock out time, free computer and internet access, breakfast included (elsewhere we paid - or would have paid, but chose not to - from 4€75 to 15€ for that breakfast), and clean towels.
Hostelling is a great and cheap way to travel and you meet a lot of people - they usually are not in my age bracket though! - not too many nearly 50-year olds staying in hostels. - oh yeah Tanya just reminded me that in Florence we did have an "older" (late 40's - early 50's) room-mate who kept us awake for two nights - snoring like a drunken sailor- although we both had earplugs!
The Louvre is overwhelming! we would need a full week - 8 hours a day - to do it justice. We only took a couple of hours; we saw the Joconde - a.k.a. the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately it was roped off, so we couldn't get a close look. There were also other amazing paintings - the Badeau de la Meduse (I think), the Mort de Sardanaple, la Jeune Martyre and the Venice Wedding reception (or something like that). We got to see what we came for - the Mona Lisa - so we left after a couple of hours.
We have been enjoying the l"Open Tour" bus - a hop-on-hop-off bus - the bid disadvantage is that it only goes in one direction so that you have to repeat the full tour everytime. To get to specific places we find the metro more convenient. Next time- if there ever is one - we would take a metro-bus pass and a 2 day batobus pass, instead, of the combined bus-batobus pass. The key advantabe of the OpenTour bus is that there is commentary provided about the key sights around the city of Paris - things you would not necessarily learn otherwise. There are 4 distinct trajectories and each offers a tour of a different part of the city. So far we have done two of the tours, tomorrow we will try to do the other 2.
We feel quite safe travelling around the town - last night we returned to our hostel around 11:00 - 11:30; the streets and the metro were still crowded with people.
Tomorrow (Friday) is my (Colleen) last day in Paris. Looking forward to going home on Saturday and spending Sunday at the cottage - the dirty laundry (some of it is quite ripe) will just have to wait! Ah! to have clean clothes again - that haven't been hand washed - Dove soap is a real life-saver! It gives a nice odor to clothes that never really get fully clean through hand-washing!
So long for now!
Colleen and Tanya ( who is standing over my shoulder and agreeing-adding-commenting)