A fleeting visit to the alternate part of town

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Friday, September 9, 2011

Our breakfast order was somewhat lost in translation and we ended up sharing the omlette, however this worked out quite well because it was sufficient (not to mention very tasty). Our first stop today would be Notre Dame Cathedral. We arrived there to find the streets cordonned off and the police presence was intense.

At first we thought drama, just like the movies - bomb scare, hostage or a jumper from the belltower. Alas we think that it was perhaps a funeral that had occurred as many of the police were in ceremonial dress. Glad to be drama free we continued closer to the cathedral to soak up my unhealthy obsession with gargoyles. Several hundred pictures later....

Ok perhaps an exaggeration but you can't pass up a good photo opportunity. We went to the park behind the cathedral and Master X terrorised the local fauna and a few unsuspecting tourists. The garden was simple and pretty, and the back of the cathedral is equally as impressive. The architecture is stunning and I wanted to go into the crypt but with irritability growing in the toddler, we decided not this time.

A stroll down the souvenir lane harvested a few odd items yet I felt that I was rather restrained, perhaps not having my bro around as a bad influence has kept Scott's wallet a little heavier. Lunch in a cafe close to the Notre Dame and Scott's hamburger turned out to only be the patty. After lunch it was a few more shops before heading past the Police HQ. A secure building with obviously the modern of facilities however it is still housed in a beautiful old building which is extremely well kept. The French seem to take such pride in preserving their original architecture and it is partly what makes Paris so beautiful.

We went past the law courts precinct, just because we were missing work, NOT!! Heavy security at the courts, although not much different to our own. However I think that our own security at the courts back home look a little less intrimidating than here. We planned to visit Saint Chapelle which is supposed to be the most gothic of the Parisian cathedrals however it was unfortunately undergoing major renovations and we were unable to see it.

Down a few hundred steps to get onto the bank of the Seine River for our cruise, however with the cashier not taking credit/debit cards and us desperately needing to find a hole in the wall, we were unable to proceed with the cruise at this point. Bummer, back up those stairs!! On our way towards our next destination Scott spotted some gorgeous figurines which were depicting a male and female lawyer as advocates. However they also came with a gorgeous price so we left them right where they were.

Down Rue du Rivoli and to a coffee shop. The waitress with a personality of a gnat didn't dampen our mood and soon we were on our way to Montmartre. However Scott, who had been scouring out a hairdresser for days, popped into the barber for a french cut.. It didn't take long for a bit of a trim and we were on our way again. The train to Chateau Rouge and already we felt dirty. Montmartre has always had its dodgy side however today was particularly bad. We lasted no more than 10 minutes before we decided we weren't going to take Master X any further. The place was much dirtier than I remember, and gypsys were running from the police and people were well and truly in your personal space. I am generally not one to feel concerned about such situations however with a young child I today was quite happy to get back on that train in the opposite direction.

So we missed the Sacre Coer but caught a glimpse later in the evening. Luckily we have both been there before so all is good. The train took us back to the Eiffel Tower and we played in the park just below the tower. It was a beautiful afternoon however extremely humid so soon we went back to the hotel to freshen up.

Our dinner treat was the Hard Rock Cafe and Master X commenced the evening with a super milkshake! It was as always a huge feast and our eyes were bigger than our bellies. A few photo snaps and we were on our way home via a good look at the tower. Master X now clearly identifies it as the "Eiffel Tower" and he is a huge fan. We were commenting this evening that the best thing about having a toddler is always having baby wipes at our disposal, especially after a meal of chicken wings and ribs! We were the messy ones.

Back to the hotel to put our feet up after another full day in Paris. Our child has, over the last few days, been photographed more than the Eiffel Tower by strangers who find him adorable. They stop to take his picture and he knows how to strike a pose. Such a fun holiday with such a great little kid.

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Am loving the photo's.

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