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Ok...here it is. Yesterday's blog...thanks for your patience.
We had a massive day yesterday. Another 20,000 + fitbit day. And what better way to start a huge day than with a sleep in...in a comfy hotel room.
We met down the bottom at 9:30am which meant a leisurely 8am wake-up and a take-your-time breakfast downstairs in the restaurant. For others it was a 9am wake-up followed by a stuff-three-croissants-down type of meal. Either way we ...
... book for a while before leaving. After that, my feet just… sort of led me to the opera house on the other side of the city. I half meant, half didn’t mean to go. I’ve been holding out on going before Jacoba (a best friend from high school) gets here, but I really couldn’t help it. I’d been dying to see the opera so I just went and did a self-guided tour just to see it.
If there's one downside to Paris, it's waiting in queues. I guess that's to be expected when in perhaps the number one tourist destination in Europe. It just means I suddenly have to be far more organised than I've been since, well, Italy.
To be fair, we've been pretty successful when it comes to queues. Over the last two days we've done a whole bunch of touristy stuff. The queue at Notre Dame moved fast. There weren't really many queues ...
After the dentist took the impression for Meg's crown, we walked for about 3 hours to and around the cemetery Pere Lachaise. We found and payed homage to Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust , and Honore de Balzac. The setting on top of a hill in the north east is commanding and we had a pleasant walk home in the ...
... and down streets like the Boulevard Haussman, L'avenue d'Opera and la rue de la Paix, We drove down the first part of the Champs-Elysees and saw the Arc de Triomphe in the distance. Like yesterday, it was a fast paced (as fast as a bus can go in Paris traffic) snapshot tour of some amazingly old and significant buildings and monuments. In a way, the sheer number of things we saw made it difficult for me to appreciate just how spectacular everything is. I'm sorry to say ...