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February 10th, 2006 – by: krashwat
I have just returned from my weekend away in Paris. What can i say, so much to see so little time! the week started on Friday with me in a panic as i realised at the train station that i forgot my passport but as i was just ducking across to Paris there was no passport checks so i didn't need it thank goodness. the train flew down to Paris at around 250 km/h and it only took a bit over an hour. I met up with Mick, Peta, Adam and Kezzie and then we spent the next two hours trying to find our hotel (the metro system is slightly more complicated then Brussels). that night we ventured out into Paris and found the Eiffel tower (a bit hard to miss) we had dinner in a restaurant nearby and we all tried snails, i had refrain from thinking about the garden snail, it was chewy but had a nice garlic sauce.From here we climbed the eiffel tower, well we cheated we caught the lifts up as it was too cold. with kezzie experiening some vertigo, we shuffled around the top enjoying the magnificant night time views, with most of paris' attractions lit up it was very beautiful.
On saturay morning we stumbled across a market selling fresh food (everything you could possbly imagine!). with our tongues hanging out and our senses bombarded with all the wonderful sights and smells we bought a huge selection of cheeses, meats, bread, friuts, olives and nuts for our brunch. We found a nice statue to sit under to enjoy our feast and i think we made quite a sight sitting under the statue, stuffing our faces making appropriate groans of enjoyment as many locals passed by on their morning jog.
from here we visited the notre dame, arc de trompe, the galeries lafayette (which is a huge shopping centre that is apparently the centre of fashion but where you couldnt afford to buy anything!)
this morning we had to hopon the bus tour so we could go around the arc de trompe to say we had been around the worlds busiest round about which has 12 roads leading into and no insurance company will payout insurance if you crash on it. in other words it is enter at you own risk, and from just watching people drive into it i think most of them just close their eyes and hope they come out alive. i was greatly disappointed when i didn't see any accidents and it was actually quiet on a sunday morning (well less honks then night before).
then we went and visited the musee louvre, which is the home of the mona lisa. it is sad to say but none of us know much about art but it was fascinating to see many famous artworks, that even we knew, right in front of us.
then it was back on the train to brussels for me, feeling the need to return to paris to see the other things i missed! i returned to white surroundings as it has been snowing here quite heavily.
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