More Paris Exploring

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lee the alarm clock woke me up with a start to say it was 8.15 am.  So I showered and put on my watch and noticed it was 6.30 am - surprise, surprise, he had looked at my Blackberry the only clock in the house that hadn’t had the time reset.  He kindly said that I could go back to bed, but by this stage I was wide awake and ready to explore.  We were lucky to have a short chat to Talyse on Skype and hear they had safely landed in Vancouver and were gearing up for the start of their bus trip to Banff and Lake Louise etc.  

We decided to try out the HAND (Have A Nice Day) restaurant for breakfast that Erwin and Di had recommended - but believe me nothing opens until 10 am and at 7.00 am we were the only people in Paris awake.  Luckily we found a bakery nearby where Lee had a couple of your favourite pastries Denis - Almond croissant and sultana scrolls.  I had the healthiest thing on the menu - spinach quiche (????)

We then decided to catch the subway - which is an interesting experience with Lee.  He always has to know where N, S, E and W is - which is difficult under the ground.  He gets totally slued and we are always popping up on the wrong side of the line we are meant to be going on.  But thank goodness for GPS on the i-phone - except how long does it take to work out!!  I much prefer the paper based maps.  We went to Notre Dame - I just love that church even though I have seen it before - the most beautiful lead lights of any place.  Unfortunately Kerry we were too early to make it underground to the ruins.  Then we walked along the Seine around St Germain which has some lovely art and interior decorating place to the Musee D’Orsey.  We had been recommended this by Darren and Judy and Lindsay and Belinda who had been their recently.  We were not to be disappointed.  Firstly it is in an amazing building an old railway station (the fanciest you could imagine), with the biggest clock I have ever seen.  It was full of fantastic impressionist paintings - never have I seen so many Monet’s and Renoirs (to name a few) together.  It is not as big as the Louvre - which is good because you can manage to get around it all in 1.5 hours.  

We then met a friend from Brisbane,  Amanda Harris and had a quick coffee together (they cant make coffee here it seems) in a little cafe and then we headed up together to Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur.  Amanda is great using the subway and knows it all very well and the tricks - such as which ones have lifts so you don’t walk up a 1,000 stairs.  We had a great time exploring the interesting alleys, cobble stone streets, artists and then the church which has a lot of beautiful mosaics and great views over Paris.  We found the windmills as well which are surrounded by quaint shops and gardens.  Amanda had read about an organic restaurant (they have made recipe books) called Rose Bakery not far from Montemartre.  It was packed so very popular with the locals.  We had the best salad plate I have ever tasted and freshly squeezed juices - yum.  The cakes looked delicious - but none without sugar I am afraid.

We decided to come back to the hotel for a little rest and finish our blog and go out to late tonight.  I am planning on to L’Opera and Galeries Lafayette.  Then on to the Eiffel Tower to view the lights.  Paris has so many places to explore, and we are just touching the surface but having a great time and thinking of you all hard at work!!!
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Karen and Daniel on

Looks great guys. Would love to go back to Paris one day. Love following your trip. Jenni you look terrific. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Love K & D

Kristelle on

Soooo jealous guys! Wish I was there too!

Sharyn on

I love Paris too. It's romantic!
The catacombs aren't, but are amazing, so if you haven't been to see them, then make the time.

Harald on

Looks like yu hare having a geat time. Never trust a man with technology. Take the alarm clock of Lee.
I spent 3 weeks in france many, many years ago (27 years ago) and most of it in paris, beautiful place.


Reg and Marj on

Loved your blog. We have a photo at that same place at Mont Martre where jen and Amanda are standing. So Beautiful and so cold here!!!

Karen on

Wonderful photos, really enjoying your blog with all the catch up news. I notice the shoes Jen, hope they are every bit as comfortable as you imagined they would be - they look great. Keep the pics coming. Enjoy exploring! xx

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