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Travel Blogs from Paris
... car and whisked away to the applause of the lunching crowd. So what's next?
We have Versailles and Monet's garden tomorrow - a minibus and a max of 8 people, so we should survive the experience. Our feet are certainly cheering. Suspect that Versailles is going to another OMG experience and that our three hours will allow but a snapshot of its splendour. Nonetheless, we are excited!
Monday is Bastille Day and the flags are ...
We had a fun day exploring Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge. Lots of walking and stopping for a cafe at Montmartre and lunch at a brasserie. We enjoyed an evening aboard the Bateaux Parisien, a Seine River boat including a three course dinner, lovely French wine and live entertainment. We boarded at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and could see many historic monuments lit up after ...
... from where we were.
By the time we got there we were both feeling a bit peeved and Julie had her "not happy Jan" face on. Wonder how much this is going to cost us - 136 euros it cost us to get the car back. Although this was about half what it would have cost us in parking fees over the last 5 days - if we had bothered to pay for parking that is. Luckily we were able to park the car in a few places where ...
... conservatism. They decided to build the
church, visible from every part of Paris, to prevent any further socialist
attempt. At the time it was presented as an atonement for the crimes of the
Commune of Paris.
I also learnt there has been uninterrupted praying at Sacre
Coeur since it was opened in 1919. There are nuns who go in and pray if no one from
the public is there in the middle of the night.
... the tables (and chairs) are turned on you and you become the spectacle. The French have turned this practice of gazing at others into art. Lacan psychoanalysed the gaze. And Sartre philosophised it. But it's not until you're actually here that you experience and understand its nuances. Today we visited Montmartre known for its community of legendary bohemian artists like Dali, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh. To explore the area involves climbing lots of ...