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Trip Start Aug 13, 2004
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Trip End Sep 11, 2004


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Friday, September 3, 2004

we arrived in paris by train, but the biggest dilemma was how to get to the hotel. without our bus driver ambraggio we were lost and after rob was sacked as tour director of paris leg, lou was uncertain about what to do. two choices catch a taxi and pay the price of a what was thought to be a hefty price or the metro to our hotel once we got into paris. wisely we went with the easy option of a taxi and to our surprise due to the distance, skill of our taxi driver it cost $13.50 euro. what were we thinking about even considering the metro. also the stairs in the metro make taking suitcases a very tiresome, travel tip dont do it!!

our stay is in the marais district sort of like the cross in sydney. very lively at night as evidenced when we got our beer at an irish pub (kittys) no less. gotta luv happy hour. it does not get dark till 9pm so rarely do u start drinking after dark.

first day we decided to visit hotel de ville the old town square and the notre dame cathedral home to the quasimodo moir. weather is soooo fantastic its blue sky and warm.

we also thought a great way to see paris is a boat trip down the river seine. it cost 9 euro each ($16 aud) and goes for around a 1 hour with a english guide. travel tip; its well worth doing if you are here in paris.

the metro is a great way to get around and we have our week pass that allows unlimited travel. however one thing we did not count on was the smell of urine not just in in the metro but on foot paths. we soon learn that parisians love dogs and thats the smell. now we know why they make perfume!!!!!

we did the most common thing to do in paris a visit to the eiffel tower. we decided on a night visit and went up to the 2nd level (lou was a bit scared going right to the top). the view up there is fantastic (which is also fantastic in french)

we struggled at first to find a decent bottle of wine given that the french rave about it so much. after our 2nd bottle though we cracked a great red at cafe hugo. we also indulged in some salmon, peach champagne, and caviar whilst there. just so we could not have it all our own way it rained as we walked home.

today is now friday with the majority of our stay in paris gone, (we leave on monday for dubai). we spent today at leeeiissure, looking at shops down the champs elysses, looking at chanel, givenchy, dior, nina ricci, etc etc. or should we make that louise was looking while rob tried to look elsewhere

wedding tip: for those organising one, paris has the best ideas for bom-bom bonierres and fabric. you just have to get here.

we have the weekend next where we plan a visit to the area of montmarte and home to moulin rouge. and then a nice champagne bottle currently chilling in our hotel room will be opened on sunday at luxemborg gardens, the lake where they race model boats.

we have seen most of the sites of paris but anyone who wants to come here really needs at least 5 days to not be dissappointed in missing something.

its expensive, but after 5 of our 7 days here we luv it heaps!!!!!!

its the city johnny depp calls home, lou is still on the look out for him

to be cont..

au revoir

rob and louise
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