Don’t worry, I’m not going to do one for each day of the 7 days we are in Paris. Did I tell you we are in Paris???? Woohoo!!!!
Actually, I’m hoping this gets out. We have wifi access but my email program is not coming to the party! I can access it via Safari and am messaging back & forth with Shaun to figure out how to email the ‘Travel’ group. If you get this, you’ll know it worked! If you don’t you’ll know it didn’t.
We had a good last mng in Tours, caught the TGV to Paris with minimal fuss, then the fun began. However, we found the Metro station we needed, only 2 stops to go from where we arrived and headed there. Turned out we walked longer underground to get from our Tours train to catch the Metro underground one than we did from the Metro station to our apartment!
Magnificent 5 room apartment (well counting the bathroom & toilet!), complete with fully equipped kitchen, clothes washing machine etc. On the 6th floor of a 6 floor building. Magnifique! Plus we can see the top of the Eiffel Tower from our kitchen window!
Also has a wonderful media centre with sound system, TV and Sky Channel type thingee with 937 channels. Do you think I can get one of them to work????
We left and walked one block and reached the Seine! Immediately across from us was The Louvre! We sat on a ‘docked’ bar and had our 1st drink in Paris with the Louvre over our shoulder, the Ile De La Cite in the foreground and Notre-Dame in the background! Not bad eh?
I had a beer (a bit warm!) C wanted a special French drink called a Kir Royale which is French Champagne plus blackcurrant liqueur. C new it would cost a bit – but being on a boat on the Seine plus being in Paris – well, total bill €18 = about $27 for 2 drinks!!!! Oh well, we are in Paris! (and we are not going to do it again!)
The photo above refers of course.
We walked out onto the bridge in the background of the photo and there was a Bollywood film shoot going on! I asked if they wanted a fair dinkum Aussie who could dance a bit to be in this sequence, but it seems not. They said if only I’d come along 1/2 an hour earlier they could have used me – fair dinkum!
You could tell the stars, some bloke was holding an umbrella over them to shade them from the sun! Did I tell you it was a balmy 25 or 26 degrees????
It was funny to watch – some dancers practiced the routine then showed the ‘stars’ what to do. The stars were hopeless! Particularly the bloke, he was wooden! No Bollywood movie will ever be the same again!
Couple of pointers for O’seas travel.
1. Always carry toilet paper.
2. You don’t realise how dependant on toilets you are until you travel.
3. In France you usually have to pay for the loo and it depends on what you want to do as to how much it costs. Number ones are cheaper than number twos. But if you need to, you need to. You just need to work it out in advance (so to speak) ’cause the lovely girl behind the counter asks which one you want to do when you go in. (this is true!)
4. Then, if you decide you can only afford number one, whilst you are using the urinal, she comes in and cleans the floor or the loo behind you! (this is also true!).
Dinner just arrived, home cooked veggies plus a hamburger – yummo. Have gone upmarket with the Frog Grog and bought a $6 bottle of Syrah! Why hold back when in Paris I say!
The closing photo is C on the bridge with the Ile De La Cite in the foreground and Notre-Dame in the background. The Bollywood dancers were just on her right.