To the city of love which I LOVE

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Glad to see our car was still in the carpark, we were happy to get out of this place, alive! We loaded up the car once more and headed towards the beautiful town of Fontainebleau. I had been here before and it was a little off the track for our journey towards Paris however I assured Scott that he would not be disappointed. And he wasn't!

Not much had changed from my last visit and we set off straight away to explore Chateau Fontainebleau. It has beautiful gardens, everything is always so meticulous and precise in french gardens. The Chateau is as beautiful as I remember it however today it actually seems bigger. Or perhaps that just could be from carrying around a toddler the place, after he assured us that he was walking no matter what. At one stage he even lay himself on the ground, stylish french ground that it was, and refused to get up.

The inside was grand also with similar designs to those that we saw at Chateau Blois. It is very colourful and very busy in design, but very elegant and amazing all the same. The furniture is so carefully crafted and the Chapel was really beautiful, the ceiling even had resemblance to the layout of the Cistine Chapel!

A walk through the gardens before finding a gorgeous little place to eat opposite the Chateau. Fantastic food and exceptional service, we were completely satsfied. WIth full bellies we moved on to the challenge of getting to, and then driving in, Paris. Our excitement (and nerves) grew as we got closer. Then I spotted the Eiffel Tower and I was squealing worse than Scott on kite day. Team work got us safely to our hotel which is less than 100 metres from the Eiffel Tower, and I must take credit for finding it!

With the car parked up safely and our luggage in the room, it was off to explore. I have been to Paris a number of times now and the city never ceases to excite and amaze me. I definitely could live here if I needed to. A walk to the Eiffel Tower first, seeing as it literally is at our front door. Even Master X was in awe of the tower but his attention soon diverted to the horses which were drawing carriages past the tower.

A trip across the road to the Trocadero and we sat in the same spot we watched the Eiffel Tower 3 years ago whilst on our honeymoon, just for old times sake. It was still as magical today as it was then. I forgot to mention we celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary yesterday but are perhaps saving our big celebration for somewhere more romantic, yes I hear you already, Paris would be the perfect place!!

We couldn't go past the merry-go-round as Master X had his heart set on riding in a fire engine. And so it was done. We gazed down the River Seine and eventually walked back to the hotel where we ate a beautiful meal in the restaurant. Then it was time to grab our jackets and head back for the 8pm shimmering lights show. However we are in summer, and unlike Scotland, France actually does have a summer, and therefore it was still light at 8pm so no lights on the tower.

Eventually the lights on the Eiffel Tower came on and the sun slowly set behind it. Master X ran around the grassy area and couples sighed as they gazed up to the illuminated tower. At 9pm we all watched in awe as the shimmering lights glistened the tower. Even Master X was stopped in his tracks. We could watch this every night of our lives it is so beautiful. The last time we were here the tower was actually lit up blue to mark the celebration of the President of the EU being french. This time it is back to its original colour and it is as captivating as ever.

There was a large police and military presence surrounding the tower. We noticed that there was also a motorcade with some bishops maybe (perhaps even the pope) taking pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower. The street vendors were out trying to sell various Eiffel Tower knick knacks but we weren't to be persuaded. Time for bed for those young and old in our little group, whilst the hearty beast catches up on the blog!
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