Holiday Inn Paris Gare De Lyon Bastille
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... of the Roman numerals) went hog wild in revamping. The basilica was dedicated to Saint Genevieve and after the King invoked her name while really sick, well, apparently the thing to do in France when this happens is build things. Now though, it just houses really famous dead people. Oh! And it has Foucault’s pendulum in the middle of it (pic 13). In 1851, he used it to prove that the earth was rotating which is pretty neat actually. If you were wondering, the pendulum ...
... Express. Secondly, and this is the big one, when Rick Steeves (PBS European travel guru suggests taking the metro from the airport or the train station he failed to mention one thing (or at least we failed to notice if he did). Stairs only. Fifty pounds of luggage up and down numerous flights of stairs is "The big suck". But we made it. And to top it off we have a view of the Eiffel Tower from our window. Tammy is happy. That means Scott is happy. ...
“There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.”
--Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I love walking in Paris. Just walking. Not going anywhere, not with a purpose or a plan, but just walking. This took Liam and Andy a few days to understand. They kept thinking we were going somewhere, that we had a destination, and that my wandering was just to torture them.
Finally, Andy gave up ...
Hope I don't get boring saying this every day, but it really has been perfect. A cloudless sky this morning, and cool, warming up to now quite hot at 6 pm! We started out with stand up coffee at the bar, then a pastry, and a walk up to the Luxembourg gardens. So beautiful at this time of year, with the leaves just starting to turn autumnal. We then walked over to the Pantheon and had a wander inside. Very special and moving place. Also we visited a church ...
... an American family and a young English couple. We got onto the train and headed to Versailles which took about 25 minutes via train. When we got there, Mark led us to the company’s headquarters to get our bikes. The palace was huge! We could see all the tour groups arriving, some via coach and some via the train. Mark said it was the longest queue he had ever seen to date but not to worry as by the time we would head into the palace, would be around 16:30 as we ...