Lucy's birthday - Paris

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Wednesday, March 5, 1997

Lucy's birthday was looming and I needed to get her something that would make her happy as she celebrated her first birthday on the cold side of the world. We had always had hot ones, and this is a shock to the system. So Paris it was to be. The next bit was hiding the tickets from her, which actually was quite easy in the end. The night we had to leave, the day before her birthday, I yelled out surprise and gave her the tickets and a bottle of Moet. We made our way to Waterloo via the tube, then through the passport control and onto the station. We jumped on the train and off we went to Gare du Nord. We found a local hotel and had a quick look around Sacre Coeur. It was nice and needed a closer examination in the morning. The next morning, we had breakfast and then went back to Sacre Coeur. Now Paris isn't the largest city, so we decided to walk everywhere. We headed for the Champ-Elysees. Does this need explaining, no not really, so I won't, and we also didn't have a Cheese Royale either. Next stop was the Arc de Triomphe, home of the unknown soldier. We climbed it and went to look at Paris from above ground. There were the twelve avenues but as the weather had closed in, we could only make out half of the Eifel Tower. We came down and made our way to the Eifel Tower. Once there, we paid our entry fee and climbed to as far as they let you climb, then the lift to the top. By this stage, it had cleared up, so at least we had a good view of Paris. We came back down and then moved on to Notre Dame. It was covered in scaffold and closed. Downer. We moved onto the Conciergerie, it used to be a former palace which then became a jail for Marie-Antionette, Danton and Robespierre. It was really interesting, but the hardest part for us was that we were searched before we went in. Alarms were sounding as we were tried to enter, the guards came out with guns pointed our way, and all it was we had zippers on our jackets !!!!! It as a great introduction to Paris, much more pleasant than some of the problems we had had in the country side
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