Biking round Paris

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
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Trip End Oct 04, 2012


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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waking up this morning, we explored the neighbourhood and found a lovely little Boulangerie around the corner which provided us with a delicious breakfast.

We decided to go on a bike tour this morning and so headed out to get a taxi to the pick up point (the Eiffel Tower!).  Unfortunately we saw only one taxi in the 45 minutes it took us to walk there and that one was full.

A little hot but awestruck by the sight of the Eiffel Tower and the huge crowds just walking all around it, we found the tour and were lucky that they hadn't left and we were good to go.

The bike tour was awesome.  First and foremost the bikes were very comfortable with big wide padded seats for those of us who are not accustomed to that mode of transport!  Our guide was an American guy who was great - gave us lots of information in an easy, funny way and kept us informed and entertained the whole time.

We cruised around the streets and sidewalks of Paris seeing all sorts of famous landmarks - the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Tuileries Gardens, Ecole Militaire (where Napoleon trained), Place de la Concorde and heaps more.  We crossed a few 'Ponts' and on our guide's say so, "dominated" the road, in order to cross lanes or cross intersections.  We learned that a car that toots is just saying hello and that the "palm of power" (hand up in a stop sign) is likely to get tooted at but will be obeyed!

Four hours whizzed by and we returned to the apartment with some more supplies from the boulangerie hyped up with all we had experienced.  

After the best baguette we have ever tasted, we headed for the Metro and made our way to Notre Dame.  Being subway experts now(!), we are agreed that the Metro rates no. 3 behind New York & London.  The stations smell foul (we are well practised at avoiding anything wet on the footpaths!) and the trains are shabby and noisy.  Everyone is clearly aware of the need to eter pickpockets though because I have yet to see a woman on the Metro who doesn't have her bag firmly clutched on her lap.

Notre Dame was of course magnificent as was to be expected.  Unfortunately we had missed the admission times but we marvelled at the sheer size and beauty of the building and chatted to a lovely American couple who had been in and were raving about it to us.  We headed up the side of the cathedral and found a little cafe where we got a table on the sidewalk and enjoyed a casual dinner people watching and being entertained by various buskers who would set up across the road and play for a time before moving of again.  
We saw all sorts of people including a couple having their wedding photos taken with Notre Dame as the backdrop - she had an AMAZING dress - only in Paris!

 



It was hard to leave the area because it was humming with activity and people everywhere but we caught another Metro back again to get some sleep so we can hit the ground running again tomorrow.

Loving Paris!
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Comments

Rebecca on

Yay Phil - excited for you just looking at the pics! Allez!

Vicki on

What an amazing time in Paris - can you take me next time pleease?

Mum on

Remembering our time in Paris with Rebecca, so many memories x

Margaret on

We are all so envious of you all wish we were there xxx

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