Gypsy Gold and Au Revoir

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Nov 08, 2009

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Last night was a pleasant mix of wine (Bordeaux Rouge), fine food (Onion Soup, Salmon, Burgundy Beef, Steamed Sole and Creme Brulee) and discovering hidden treasurers in secret arcades. After a bit of a sleep in we were up and at em.
First to the Hotel de Invalides, which served as an hospital during Napolean's reign. Then onto the Musee D'Orsay for a taste of Impressionist Art. Quite surreal being mere inches away from Monet's Degas et al.
Walking along the Seine towards the Museum we passed a young Gypsy lady who bent down onto the ground and picked up a gold man's wedding ring. Asking us if we thought it was valuable she then graciously insisted we keep it as it did not fit her.
We said sure! then she asked us for some money for something to eat but seemed a bit put out when I only gave her $5. We walked off when she started to get a bit stroppy and it was after we noticed her trying the same thing with other punters that we realised we had survived our first scam!
Then onto the Eiffel Tower, via Metro of course. Another queue and before long we were at the top, enjoying some sunshine at last. It was worth doing once, but you wouldn't want to be claustrophobic in the lifts and stairwells. Back on the ground we passed machine gun toting teenage army dudes (looking for the Gypsy Queen?)
Back to the hotel room after buying a yummy crepe and some handmade chocolates (only a couple of ferraros left).
TIP ~ learn how to say in french: "I was cleaning my boots on the bed when the bottle of liquid shoe cleaner exploded all over me, the walls, curtains, bedclothes, computer, etc etc. Remember the scene in Pulp Fiction where Harvey Keitel is called in to clean up the splattered brains in the back of the car, well Jane was my Harvey. Just lucky it was black shoe cleaner, not red otherwise we would have some explaining to do to the Gendarmes!
A Basil Fawlty "tisk" later and the hotel guy bought up a fresh set of bed clothes.Better keep an eye on the credit card charges.......
We eventually went out for dinner (Mozzarella and Tomato Salad, Chicken Breast and Risotto, Scallops and Mushrooms washed down with a cheeky little Sirrah wine. We gave our charming young waiter the 10 Metro tickets we had left as a tip (about $15).
And so to bed drifting off to sleep to the sounds of french revelers in the street below .
We write this sitting at CD airport, Paris with our coffee and croissants waiting to board our flight to Athens via Munich (we hope)
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judecar on

Brings back memories of when Simone and I were there.
We're enjoying every moment of your travels and your commentary. Laughed till I cried over the shoe polish incident.

azurepics on

Shoe polish???
Who polishes their shoes on holidays in Paris anyway???
VERY amusing though!

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