Beautiful Parie

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 06, 2010

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

We have been having a great time here in Paris seeing all the wonderful sights. Our first full day was on a walking tour that took us past the Notre Dame cathedral, along the banks of the river seine, though the court of the Louvre, to the royal palace and through its garden, to the garden of the Tuileries, past the Concorde, down the Champs Elysees and then we soldered on to the Arc DE Triomphe climbing all 284 steps to the top for some amazing views of Paris. we also enjoyed a yummy dinner at a restaurant on the champs Elysees.
Second day was again on a walking tour this time through the Montemarte district (red light area) although during the day it is very Arty having been the home of Van Gogh and Picasso over the years. the walk took us past the places they lived and then up to church Basilique du sacre-coeur. a very funky area with a arts market.
the next day we did a day trip to Reims, a town in the heart of the Champagne region. we did tours of the Pommery estate, having to walk past a protest line to get in, a bit strange as they were letting off firecrackers quiet regularly. after pommery we went across the street and tasted a glass of champagne from Demoiselle for a mere 13euro. then onto Taittinger for another tour of there caves and glass of wine. while in Reims we discovered other French delights such as chocolate bread, croissants and ice creams.
Day 4 another day trip to Versailles by train. this place is amazing, basically the king Louis saw that one of his noblemen was living in a bigger place than he was so said build me a palace and garden that is the better and bigger than his. well it is huge you need a whole day to walk the garden let alone go into the palace. the canals in the garden you can hire boats to row up and down.
tonight we did a pub crawl and say the Montemarte district by night.
so the day after was a little slow which was ok because it was public holiday (labour day) and everything was shut except a few cafes and shops. we caught up on some laundry and then headed to the Bastille and Maraise district. here we found heaps of cool little pedestrian malls will lots of cafes street vender's and shops. most of the shops were shut but the area was still bustling with life.
Sunday (Happy Birthday Dad) this is the first Sunday of the month so all the museums are free entry, being are last day we wanted to go to the Louvre. Thank God we found a secret entrance with no cue at all cause the main entrance had one miles long and it was a rainy day here. So straight in for us and on to the Mona Lisa and also past Aphrodite and saw some of the coronation jewels of the french kings. After the Louvre we went back to Maraise for a lunch and another French delight the Nuttella Crepe. Tonight is the Moulin rouge.
tomorrow we sadly leave Paris and head to Istanbul.
Au Revoir
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Kelly on

Hope you enjoyed the moulin rouge! I liked the spectacle that it was, those dancers were amazing keeping balance with the huge headpeices they had to wear! glad you had fun in paris :) love hearing your stories!!

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