Travel Blogs from Paris
... basic but very busy airport. The weather is very warm with a high humidity point. I was grateful I hadn't put my hiking jacket on before disembarking the plane from Melbourne, it would have been ripped off very quickly. On the plane from Melbourne I was sitting next to a man and his son, ages 75 and 43 respectively. Both men were off to Barcelona to join a bicycle group for a 760 km cycle around Spain for about 12 days. ...
... so that we could pop out and at least see it. To our surprise we emerged from the subway and it was no longer storming... amazing what can happen in 5 minutes. We got out right at Moulin Rouge and got to see the famous landmark along with a bunch of other brightly lit show buildings. It reminded me of a trashy version of Las Vegas and my friend who was in Paris the week before paid the 100 euro to see the show and said she wasn't impressed. I'll stick with the ...
... completed his Masters degree in Mediaeval French history at the Sorbonne. What an ideal tour guide for the Eiffel Tower. We spent over two hours with him in a small group of about 10, and had a great time.
I didn't realise that Gustav Eiffel put up 80% of the money for the tower, because the French government was broke at the time, and in today's money that would have been about $30 million. He put the money up and built it on the basis he could ...
... was removed during the second world war - hence the preservation. In the centre of the cathedral is a prayer labyrinth inlaid in the floor that is one of the few surviving labyrinth's in France. A gilded, glassed box contains the remnants of a silk garment supposedly from Mary Magdeline, from the 1st century!
It's Dimanche and the church bell is tolling. "I need to go to church" said she. "Oh do you now" said ...
The Moulin Rouge was Mitch's idea. Inspired largely by Baz Luhrman, and perhaps a bit by stories I'd told of my adventures backstage in the company of Parisian dancers during my previous adventures in Paris, Mitch bought us tickets to the current show -- a dinner theater mess with obsessed with glitter, the circus, and starkly gendered costume design. It's good that a bottle of champagne ...
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