HotelF1 Bretigny Sur Orge
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... main amphitheatre section in the middle. We met up again and decided on one last stroll through the laneways of the Latin Quarter which was a blessing because I found my favourite wire artist I met the last time I was here! I went to town, there are goodies for a few people, and he made us rings for free in gratitude once he found out we were Aussies. He smashed them both out in a couple of seconds, twisting the metal with such skill and speed that it impressed me even more. That ...
How do you decide what to see in a city as big as Paris? You make a list, made much more difficult if it is raining and forecast to get wetter. However, we started with the open top bus tour and stayed dry most of the day. Before boarding the bus, climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, up 248 stairs. There are several large rooms near the top, built originally to house exhibitions, ...
... Something we find incomprehensible is the trend towards taking 'selfies.' So many of the tourists, mostly the Japanese, wander round with steel rods which look like golf clubs on which they mount their cameras. That way, they can take 'selfies' very easily (and they do so) wherever they go. Fortunately, the gardens on this beautiful day were largely a tourist-free zone - apart from us, of course. After all this excitement, we settled for a basic Italian dinner, and so to ...
... and some did handbrake turns alongside of us. It was extremely busy.
At 10.30 as it started to get dark and the almost full moon rose, then all traffic was stopped on the river. The Eiffel tower started its usual light show with twinkling lights all over and some coloured spot lights making different patterns entertained us. The rock concerts in the distance were coming to an end to loud cheers then at 10.55 all was silent. At 11.02 ...
... The ethnic mix is immediately evident in the food shops - bakeries with bagels, cakes with poppyseed, and walnut fillings (even a pretty close replica of beigli) and a range of cakes that would be at home in Glenhuntley or Bondi plus felaffel and other middle eastern takeaway fare. Yes I did have a very fat poppyseed slice! The district also houses a wide array of clothing, fashion, jewelery, art and ...