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... so we could have our adventure packed Saturday
We got up super early and got to the Eiffel tower at 9:30ish (get there early). We bought our reduced rate student tickets and took the elevator to the top. The view was really cool (although the elevator was awesome in and of itself) and someday when I'm rich and famous I'll eat at the restaurant in the Eiffel tower too.
After that we made our way past the ...
... What distressing times during the occupation and Vichy government for the Jews of France. Took the long way round via the Sorbonne and Jardin des Plantes until for the first time we stopped leg weary at a cafe before catching a bus home for Thai chicken curry and persimmon for dessert, a pleasant change from the constant French ...
... the Tuilleries Gardens and up the Champs Elysees. Even had lunch on the main drag, we found a reasonably priced sandwich shop with a great view. Spent some time at Notre Dame and having a cafe and people watching. We went to a show one night at the Moulin Rouge which was really good and very unexpected in some ways. We all really enjoyed it.
We had a bike tour to Versailles, (and yes Helen did come and ...
... a way to make it in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. I took some close up photos of the tower itself, and stood right underneath and took more photos, careful not to bump into the national guard or whatever they were dressed in combat fatigues and carrying machine guns. I decided it was time to walk back to the bike, and I discovered it was nearly an hour away! For the next hour I walked through inner city Parisian streets, and I noticed the familiar smell from under the bridge - ...
... I had to cut 160 photos down to about 45.
I am so pleased to have ended my visit to Paris with a visit to such a special place. It is definitely up there in the top 10 places in the world. Unfortunately that just means that the crowds of people who want to see it just keeps getting bigger.
At the moment it is still worth the pushing and shoving and queuing to be among the lucky few able to visit such special ...