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... we had to get our walk on to get me to the train to get home. We missed the train by like 2 minutes and had to wait 18 minutes until the next one came, which meant I missed my 9pm curfew. I called the family and they were totally cool about it. Like I was scared that they were going to get ****** about it. This damn trains! Since Amanda lives far away from Paris, the trains only come every like 20 minutes, unlike the metros that show up every 2 minutes.
Have had a busy two days. On Monday (yesterday) we went to the Louvre which was pretty awesome. Rained off and on all morning, but once we got inside didn't matter. Unbelievable the amount of people waiting to get in. Took lots of photos, Merv has attached a few (I hope)! That place is just mind boggling. Had to fight our way to the front of the crowds to get a good look at the Mona ...
... when they run.
The spirit of this great south land,
I am Australian."
Perhaps this sums it all up. The palace and the grounds were beautiful and ostentatious but they lacked heart; they lacked a spirit. They were cold. It makes you wonder about the people who lived there and makes you perfectly understand the need for the French Revolution. The palace of the sun king was metaphorically not a glorious or sunny experience. It was cloudy.
After the alarm shocking me into existence at 4.15am (with not the best sleep behind me), I battled the underground and Heathrow to finally get on the plane to Paris.
If ever I have felt out of my comfort zone, this would be it. Having just about 3 or 4 French words in my vocabulary make for a very unusual experience. I will address that after I talk about today's attractions...
Fortunately I arrived at the hotel just ...
We started the marking with a little ping pong. There were some locals there and before long Caleb and I were playing a few matches with them. We wandered towards the Montmartre are and saw a lot of activity - at least ten beauty salons (hair cutters) in a row on one street. A good number of street vendors with BBQ corn for sale that they had cooked ...