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... effective in spring than autumn. We continued along the Seine, crossing the river, admiring the charming Paris buildings and finally spying Notre Dame. A few photos later, we wandered into the Latin Quarter - quaint and touristy - and finally found a brassiere where we had our first glasses of French wine at the exciting time of 3.00pm in the afternoon. Somehow drinking wine at that hour is really OK in Paris and on holidays! We saw the other customers' lunches and ...
... to sell you something at every major tourist attractions and we did some bargaining and got some souvenirs. I am sure it was the highlight of their day because when we got back they were playing "shop" pretending to run a souvenir shop.
We also checked out this shopping centre, Galeries Lafayette, but soon realised it was high end shopping, so a bit disappointing, well for me anyway. So we had a ...
... is that they would welcome the change "promised" by François Hollande. Attending that rally, I could feel the energy and the passion. His motto was "Le Changement C'est Maintnent" - Change is Now. Even though his entire speech was in French, I felt from the passion in his speech and the energy from the crowd how much the change was longed for. It eerily felt like when I watched President Obama give his acceptance ...
... line (sweet!). We passed through security and didn’t have to buy tickets [Paris Museum Pass: 83 / 50 Euros!].
Once we got our bearings, I was rushing us off so that we could see the biggest attractions ASAP before more crowds came in. We stopped at the Mona Lisa first and got the photos. As people have said before it was much smaller than I expected. We even tried to pause and ponder the painting for a bit. While I was pushing ahead of the small crowd, I actually thought ...
... for AVIGNON as we are heading out tomorrow. So off to the Metro once again. Ok we find our way in, look a bit muddled as to where to go. We need to go to GARE DE LYON to purchase our tickets and leave from. On the way we stop off at ARCH DE TRUMPH. It was built as an ancient entrance to the city cant remember when. Steve is very interested in it as at one stage Hitler's armies marched through it when taking over Paris. *******!
The other amazing thing about ...
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