Hotel Sovereign Bord De Seine
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... was built in the 1800's. But this was only the beginning of some of the stunning and historic architecture we were about to see today. We crossed over the Seine on the Pont d'Arcole and were now on the largest of the islands on the river, Île de la Cité, which as basically the centre of the oldest area of Paris, was full of historic sights, filled to the brim with centuries old buildings. And you could just feel the history in the atmosphere of the place, it's ...
... I could climb up with my deranged shoulder and after the business of the extra charges, I lost it. Big time. Every person in the carriage heard me vent. To calm me down the concierge offered us a separate couchette just for the two of us - for an extra €20. The train travelled through 4 countries (Hungary, Austria, Switzerland & Germany) before depositing us in Cologne at 6am the next morning. Bleary eyed we staggered through the terminal to discover all trains to ...
... is a shame because the domes gave the church a look I haven't seen before. This church was more traditional than some I've seen. There were hundreds of lit tee-light candles all throughout the church in front of different statues, each candle representing a 1 euro to 10 euro donation. The very big statues of Mary and Christ were covered in gold foil, and the little shop at the entrance was doing a roaring trade in medallions and statues. One of the banners in ...
... However, lunch was good.
During lunch talked to a couple from Oregon who had been visiting their daughter and son-in-law in the service in Germany. They told us about the American Garden out back. Wonder why our tour guide didn't tell us that. After all 32 of the 38 of us were Americans! Anyway, it was the highlight of the museum visit. Beautiful pool that after walking behind it, turns into a waterfall into a pond. And plaques ...
... bed is definitely calling. It's just after 5pm now, so I guess that's not too bad. Considering that I haven't had any real solid sleep sice 5am on the 3rd (and I didn't really sleep the night before because I was so excited. My Computer clock tells me that it's currently just after 3 am on the 5th back in Australia. Heaven help me.
I know that this isn't my best work. I'll probably read this entry tomorrow and scream "What was I thinking!" Vive la France!