Hotel Porte de Versailles
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Yay! I finally landed in Paris. I've flown over 2 oceans. I've barely slept in the last 27 hours. I haven't showered in 27 hours, and my bladder is beyond full. It's definitely time to get freshened up! The plane ride was quite turbulent at times, but overall was a decent ride. I always try to upgrade if can, but the only upgrade was a main cabin preferred seat. This was fine since it had plenty of extra leg room so I could stretch out. Unfortunately ...
... it. Fortunately Don didn't fall for it and the conman got nothing except his ring back!!!
From here it was a walk to the Grande Palais [The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais, is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 following the demolition of the Palais de ...
... at the base of the enormous structure. Neither one of us was keen to head up the tower and were happy enough to wander all around the bases and people watch. The number of young African men hawking tat is unbelievable. You can't walk more than a couple of metres without someone in your face trying to sell you a tower ornament or scarf. We just began to ignore them or wave them away as we had a good look around the tower.
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* all over, there were teenagers trying to get your signature on various petitions. I heard there are several tricks with this. One is that you signed something that in some foreign language says "the undersigned promises to give this girl 500 euros" they will then chase you around until you pay them something. They would also ask for a donation. A chinese woman told me she went into her wallet to give them a ...
... and along huge corridors of oversized Italian artworks....there she was. Leonardo da Vinci's small portrait hung on it's own separate wall. It is the famous painting of a Forentine noblewomen known to some as La Gioconda or to many as the Mona Lisa. This is the main brand for the Louvre - it's on every pen, magnet, sign and book in the place, but yet there are thousands of other works of art like the Raft of the Medusa by Gericault or the Lacemaker by ...