More Paris Exploring
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
51Trip End Jul 26, 2011
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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
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
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!!!