France

Trip Start Jan 21, 2006
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Trip End Jan 21, 2007


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Monday, November 13, 2006

Bonjour,

We've been in France now for a week, after ferrying our van over the English Chanel. With limited time, we soon found ourselves in Paris. Blue skies accompanied us on our exploration of the capital's centre. Walking around the historic streets crammed with monuments, gardens, romantic balconies, cafés and restaurants was really pleasant and a nice change from all the stress of driving and getting lost on our arrival. If it is your first day driving on the right side of the road in a land with foreign signposts, and you decide to drive right into the middle of the biggest city in the country, what can you expect?

The highlight of our visit was the Musée du Louvre. Our much anticipated viewing of the Mona Lisa was a (little) letdown, but the size and grandeur of the halls and corridors in comparison, with their gaudy and intricately carved and painted sculptures and ceilings was mind boggling. The cafe and restaurant stops and that big metallic, baguette-looking thing called the Eiffel Tower were arguably our favourites as well (never seen so many bakeries in one street block before!). But just strolling the streets of Paris on a mild night, particularly along the river, allows you to soak in the atmosphere and gives you a hint at what life is like here.

We're now in Dijon in the food and wine heartland of France, which is a peaceful blend of the old and the new. Some of the small, idyllic villages we passed on the journey were the very image of simplicity and tranquility.

Will have more soon

Au Revoir,

Lina and Dame.
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