Paris

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Monday, April 21, 2008

20/4- 23/4
So finally I am in Paris, after thinking it would be one of the first places I would visit when I got to the UK (only took 17mths).  I have had a great time here, but I have to admit my legs are feeling a little weary after all the walking we have done. 

As I mentioned the camp site was just on the edge of the city, so on day one we took the camping ground shuttle bus into the outer area of town.  It turns out it wasn't far from the Arc de Triomphe, so that was out first stop.  It was a lot bigger then I imagined it would have been, and the amount of cars going around it with absolutely no lines marked (I don't know how you drove around this brad!).  Some how it all seemed to work, but I don't think I would want to be driving around it.

From there we walked down the Champs Elysees (still can't say it properly) and we ended up at the Seine.  We walked along the park area in front of the Louvre and took all the obligatory photos, but couldn't go in as it was closed, no mater we will do it tomorrow (never got there....).

We saw the Notre Dame, the Pantheon and the Latin Quarter, and headed up to the Sacre-coeur at the top of a hill in the Montmartre area.  The view from here was great, but it was quite a grey day so you couldn't see all that far.  We wandered into the cathedral for a quick peek and it turn out a service was in progress.  The Nuns were singing, and it sounded really good, so we hung out for a song before finding some tea. 

Now for some strange reason I have always wanted to give escargot a try, don't ask me why, I just have.  They are ok, a chewy thing drenched in garlic butter, I wouldn't say no if they were offered to me, but at the same time I don't think I will go out of my way to eat them again.

To finish a fun filled day in Paris we went to see the Moulin Rouge.  We ummed and ahhed a bit, it is quite pricey, but in the end decided you only live once.  It was quite good, lots of costumes, lots of dancing and singing, and of course lots of boobs and bums.  A bottle of champagne was included in the price so we sat and drank and enjoyed.  The old French couple next to us didn't want all of their champagne, so gave us a glass each, all in all a good night! J  It wasn't the greatest show I have ever seen and some of the dancing left something to be desired, but I would still recommend it.

Then for another unreasonable Laine request, I wanted to take a picture of the Eiffel tower at night, it was 11pm and our last shuttle bus left at 0015hrs.  We gave it a shot, I got a few pictures, but we missed the bus...... 10 euro cab fare, could have been worse.

The only things left for us to do the next day were climb the Eiffel tower and check out the Louvre.  There were about 800 stairs to the second level, I didn't do as bad as I thought I was going to do, mind you we had a good look at the view (rest) on the first level.  The view is really good, and for 4 Euros the cheapest way for the panoramic.  Now we were going to look at the louvre, but to be honest after walking back to the Latin Quarter, and using the net, our legs were killing us!  So we decided we had spent enough, and Dave had already seen it, and if we really wanted to we could come via Paris on our way back......... so we didn't go.

And that was Paris.  A very pretty city, so much to see and do.  The buildings are grand and the people, so very French.  Loved it.  I just have to mention the buskers as well, they are so good, much better then the stuff you hear in London.
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