Last Day in 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,
Friday, August 24, 2012

Waking up this morning it is hard to believe our time here in Paris is almost over.  Because there are new people coming in after us, we had to check out by 10am but luckily the owner was happy to store our luggage for us and so we headed off for our last few hours to tick off the remaining 'must do’s’ on our list.

First stop was the Arc de Triomphe which Michael and I decided to climb.  The views were fantastic from the top and it was hilarious watching the traffic negotiate the roundabout that the Arc de Triomphe sits in the middle of.  A taxi driver told us that the rule is to give way to your right but because there are so many accidents on that roundabout, the police always say the fault is 50/50 and the insurance companies will not cover any accident there because it is so notorious!

While Michael and Richard sampled some more fabulous French cuisine (this time 
Profiteroles and Panacotta got the thumbs up), I wandered up and down the Champs Elysees checking out the fabulous shops an equally fabulously dressed women (in amongst the hoardes of tourists of course!).

It started to rain so we took a taxi down to the Place de la Cocorde and went in to the Musee L’Orangerie, a relatively small museum but with an amazing selection of paintings from all the big names - Monet, Picasso, Renoir & Cezanne.  There are two fabulous rooms where Monet's famous waterlillies are displayed - even for the culturally ignorant such as us, they were impressive!

Next we walked down to Rodin’s garden which was gorgeous - the most famous of his sculptures, the Thinker (with Napoleon’s tomb in the background) looked fantastic in it's own area of the lush gardens and there were lots of his other amazing sculptures all on display.

Running out of time, but determined to achieve just one more 'must do', we took another taxi across town to join the queue for Saint Chappelle, a fantastic 'wee' church completed in 1248 and home to an incredible collection of stained glass windows – more than 1300 in all – telling the stories of the bible.

Racing back to our apartment, we had time to pick up some food for the train ride from our lovely little Boulangerie (by this time the lady there greeted us like old friends!), before meeting Patrick who took us to the train station in heavy traffic – including through the tunnel That claimed the life of Princess Di.  I had always imagined a 'tunnel' but this was more like an underpass and one of the few with pillars in the middle - what a tragedy.
 
We had another nice trip back to London on the Eurostar  and had lots of laughs with a group of Jamaican women who took to Michael who recognised the words she used when her phone rang and gave her a fright.  Thanks to Tameka and Josh, our understanding of a few Jamaican swear words is quite good which they were certainly not expecting and thought was hilarious!

We loved Paris and like everyone else we know who has been, really want to go back to spend way more time and see much more of the country.
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