Sep 02, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Another early start - 8.15 in the coach for sights around Paris and our first close up of the Eiffel Tower. Onto Notre Dame, up to the village of Montmartre - a great village for artists, who were busy doing their thing. Thanks to Rachel who had given us the heads up about this village, having been there some years ago on school exchange, we were able to enjoy our brief time there as she had. Lots of artists doing portraits and excellent from what we could see. Then it was onto the Eiffel Tower. Quite a long queue, but with a tour group reasonably quick access, though only one lift operating slowed things down somewhat in getting to the second floor. Was not my favourite thing ( not being comfortable with heights) but I was proud of my achievement, though hasten to say I did not venture to the viewing fence! It was good to be back on the ground, but of course quite an experience. The Eiffel Tower is an amazing construction - standing under it quite daunting. We were not harassed by any gypsies / pick pockets as some of our group were. Back to the hotel by 4pm, so Paul and I used the time to visit the local shopping centre near the hotel, where I had to ask 3 people, "parley-vous Anglais?". I was in luck; only one person did not speak French and that was a young women in the perfume department of a large store. We worked out how to communicate and successfully made a purchase. The evening was spent at the cabaret, Nouvelle Eve - just down the road from Moulin Rouge. A great evening - costumes, acrobat, jugglers, illusionists and plenty of flesh! And the food was excellent. Salad, salmon or duck terrine, chicken or steak as main, cheese plate (each) and apple something (it was sort of dark then!). Paul and I both agreed it was the best of the trip.