Exploring Paris

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yeah yeah...happy birthday Trav. What a way to spend the day for your 29th birthday...with me...hahaha...nah in Paris of course!  First stop was Notre Dame.  I so did not realise that Paris is such a HUGE city.  Here is me thinking that I can walk to and from all the monuments. We decided to jump on a tour bus.  This took us to all the monuments and we were able to jump on and jump off at any stop.  It also offered us commentary to learn a bit about the History. The weather was totally perfect.  Warm sun with a cool breeze.  We experienced the gypsies and beggers of France very quickly.  The gypsies would pretend that they found a gold ring on the ground and would pick it up and offer to you and if you take it they would ask for money.  We didn't fall for it.  Just laughed and walked off.  By the 3rd gypsy we were over it and decided to pretend to find something on the ground and we offered them the 'bird’.  They gave us a mouthful of abuse in return but we didn’t care.  Another sort of gypsy was when they came up to us asking if we spoke English.  We fell for the first one and said ‘Yes’ and they showed us a piece of paper which had some sob story about being poor and needing money.  Every tourist attraction they were there.  And another form of gypsy was them trying to stop you to read and fill something out and apparently while they do this the other would try and pick-pocket you.  You learn very quickly and just ignore and barge through because there is no point at all being polite.  The sites of Paris were simply amazing.   I loved the street (Avenue des Champs-Elysees) leading up to the Arc de Triamphe (13 entry points to the one round about with no rules what so ever).  To think they made these monuments and buildings hundreds of years ago prior to modern tools and constructions methods just blow your mind.  We decided to head to the Eiffel Tower around dusk which is about 9-10pm so that way we could see the city during the day, while the sun was setting and night.  It was totally amazing.   There were a few security check points, queues and more queues, extremely busy but worth the wait that’s for sure.  We had champagne at the top of the tower... €10 but it tasted great (sorry Carl...didn’t end up having the beer but thought of you swigging back the champas).  We saw this guy at the top of the Eiffel Tower with a dog.. guide dog and he was bumping into everything.  Felt sorry him as the guide dog was trying his best to guide the blind guy around but failed.  And then it dawned on us...why the hec is blind guy up the top of the Eiffel Tower?!  What is he going to see anyway!  That’s France for ya!  There were so many chicko baby people trying to sell us things at the base of the Eiffel Tower (for those who don’t know what I mean, zooloo people/dark skinned people).  Trav thought they were quite annoying and a distraction from the main attraction but you know me...extremely blunt and I know how to barge through and totally ignored them.  But overall it was a fantastic day.  Got back to Charlie Helios about 1am.
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Dad Birdie on

Wow........great pics................now it has all sunk in for me that you guys really are over there and going to keep having fantastic experiences. Keep enjoying T & K. xo

misfitzy79 on

Yay to Paris!! Such a gorgeous place hey! Have fun in Disneyland!!!!!!! xx

jill rowe on

we almost got sucked in by the ring scam last year your blog brings back wonderful memories of our time there 10 months ago have a great time

Leanne reynolds on

Hey guys, thats so funny got the same ring scam there last yr when i was there - & I reckon u got the same gypsey ladie with the note i got lol! watch out for the dark dudes if u go to Sacre Coer... hace an awesome time both of u luv L xx

karensunshine on

Oh Kel, I love the beret look! Very french and very sexy. Clever picture with the Lourve Museum! Keep enjoying the experience and the adventure. Stay safe and go with God. Love mum Karen

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