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Travel Blogs from Paris
Saturday 10th - Tuesday 13th September 2011
Weather - hot first day, then cold & rainy, cloudy & dark
Still quite light until late 9pm but mornings are dark until late.
Hotel Biagellos - cheap & good.
Hotel Ambassador - expensive & not so good!
Arrive at Gare De Nord and …
... a bit hot sitting upstairs on the open top bus, but worth the 25 euros as the complete tour took nearly 2 hours and gave a good introduction to the city for the uninitiated.
After the tour we walked the length of the Champs Elysees which is a fair trek to the Place de la Concorde, shame there's no guillotine there today considering the type of persons that are running todays countries and economies. We continued through the Place to the Tuileries a beautiful ...
... 8212;did a great job of documenting Napoleon’s accomplishments (Code Napoleon) and his conquests. It also showed Napoleon from the other countries perspective in another wing. There stood an army jacket with eight panels surrounding him, and on each panel was the name of an enemy of Napoleon and why they hated him. The instructions say to imagine you are Napoleon and look around the circle of your opponents. How clever! I stayed until ...
... build. The tower is 324 meters tall, including the antenna at the top. Without the antenna it is 300 meters. The tower was built to sway slightly in the wind, but the sun affects the tower more. As the sun-facing side of the tower heats up, the top moves as much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) away from the sun. The sun also causes the tower to grow about 6 inches. Once we had finished at the top we took the lift back down to level 2 & walked all the stairs back to the ...
... br> though it was clear we wouldn't be buying, but I think she got a kick
out of my reaction!
Given the wet weather, we headed back to our
hotel early to have a drink & change before our shuttle at 6pm .
Thankfully we did as our driver arrived early - apparently traffic was
terrible. Glad we did - it's normally a 45 minute trip - it took 1 hour
Kind of sad to be leaving, but still in awe of this wonderful