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July 26th, 2006 – by: lorford
I had the BEST time in Paris!!!
Day 1 - Found our way into The Louvre. It was great seeing both the inverted and upright pyramids!!! Our first stop in the museum was to see The Mona Lisa....I didnt really expect the massive of people crowding around her!! But we still managed to get to the front and enjoy our few minutes absorbing Leonardo's masterpiece!! We saw many other greats, including The Winged Victory of Samothrace and The Law Codex of Hammurabi, which dates back to 1792BC and is one of the most ancient collection of laws written in Cuneiform characters! That was kind of mindblowing. I wont list all the things we saw, but we spent several hours in The Louvre including a visit to the medieval Louvre, the underground remains of the fortress it once was.Also, it was fun to do some 'Da Vinci Code' sightseeing as we have both just finished the book!!
Day 2 - Out to The Chateau of Versailles to see how the French King's and Queen's lived....and where they were kidnapped and sent to their beheading. It was great seeing all the royal apartments and opera theatre. We then ate lunch and had an icecream in the gardens....they are massive!!! We wandered around them for a couple of hours and enjoyed the peacefulness and landscaping! Then back into town for our night bike tour. We got to take in a lot of the city including all major sights at sunset, our guide getting abused by a French woman, the tunnel where Princess Diana was killed, and then finished off with a cruise on the Seine drinking red wine.
Day 3 - Today we cruised around on foot walking up Avenue des Champs Elysees and The Arc de Triomphe. I seriously cant believe that there are 12 lanes here...no wonder there is apparently an accident every 6 minutes and noone will insure a vehicle in this area!! We then went home to get ready for our....sunset picnic at The Eiffel Tower. We packed 2 bottles of wine, 2 baguettes, 3 salads and 2 cheeses. I know that may sound like a lot, but first we decided to climb the giant landmark! I have to say the elevator ride from half way up was probably the most spectacular I have ever had!! The view from the top was also amazing! Back down the bottom, we then got to enjoy our picnic...the atmosphere was fantastic - people chilling out everywhere, and buskers adding even more mood! It was fantastic being there and I highly recommend anyone going to Paris to take a sarong and set up your own picnic.I wont give away what the tower does on the hour at night, but it is certainly beautiful!!
Day 4 - Today we went out to see the Catacombs, 1.6km of passageway that is 20 metres underground and now holds the bones of millions of Parisians. In 1786, the health problems from the local cemetery prompted the digging up and relocation of all these people...(or remains). The weird thing is they are now arranged in piles, some quite artistically and precise!! It´s really quite a strange feeling being there...the cold and dripping ceiling also added to the eeriness! We then visited the Notre Dame Cathedral which was lovely...we grabbed a Nutella crepe from outside and headed to Sainte Chapelle. It is part of the only visible remains of the oldest palace of France´s king´s! It was built to house Jesus´ Crown of Thorns, although they are not stored there now.The 600 square metres of stained glass windows were gorgeous, we just had to sit down and take it in. We topped off our day with a meal of ESCARGOT...yes, I mean snails! I thought they were ok, but Steph loved them and insists we are having more when we return to Paris! From there we went to a show at The Moulin Rouge!! Wow, I could almost say that I have never been so entertained! With our bottle of champagne and front row table, we barely had time in the whole 2 hours to say a word to each other! There were so many great acts, so many feathers and glamour, that by the end you forgot that there were breasts coming from every angle!!
Our time in Paris was so good, and its great that we have a 2 night stopover on the way home - I really cant wait to be back there again!!!
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