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Today was our first full day in France. We set off at 9 o'clock after a delicious breakfast this morning. We visited the D-day landing beaches including Omaha, Juno, Gold, Sword and Utah. Along the way we visited a few memorials and museums and learnt about the history and events of the D-day ...
... glass case enclosing Mona was enough to get the excitement going. I was more impressed with the hysteria the painting creates, as people run to it, a pilgrimage as such. Once we left the Mona Lisa fan club we wondered through the galleries and sculpture rooms. Billy announced he was over sculpture, which threw me as I never knew he was into it to begin with and we made our way to the glass pyramid. Sufficient selfies and panos were taken to document the ...
... descended the Queen’s staircase and visited the apartments of Madame. The funniest part of this was when the audio tour told us that the sitting room/library of Madame Adelaide had "disappeared." How do you lose a room?
After leaving the chateau, we wandered down the garden terraces to lunch. All of the statuary were covered (and frequently roped around the waist, making them resemble hooded prisoners), the fountains were empty, and no flowers ...
... French pastry and coffee, but one of the very curious things we've noticed is that none of the (numerous) cafes sells a great variety of pastries, while the patisseries don't serve coffee. All their product is emporter. A business opportunity for some enterprising Aussies, maybe? Mary may even volunteer, such is her love of Paris.
After dumping our stuff back at the hotel, we headed to the cafe next door for a wine and a beer while we composed ...
... on one of the RER
fast trains to the Gare du Nord.
Fortunately, my Eurail pass covers me from CDG to GND so I put it to use
straight away. I’m staying at the
Vintage Boutique Hotel, which sounds like a 5* name but it’s just a
hostel. I’m in a dorm of 10 people but
it’s only cost me €20/night and I figured it’d be a good way to get to know