Two worlds colliding

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today we opted for a different kind of breakfast, the trusty food caravan at the base of the Eiffel Tower. This was for two reasons, 1) we were all fooded out, and 2) we were running a little late. An interesting cuisine experience which won't be repeated however it meant that breakfast was over and done with at speed. Not to complain however because we had views of both the Eiffel Tower and the Seine whilst we sat and ate.

We then walked down a million stairs, ok that isn't correct, it was actually a trillion, to book our lunch cruise on the Seine River. We even treated ourselves to a window seat to get the most out of the whole experience. A trip then to the Trocadero area and we were glad that Master X didn't realise that the merry-go-round wasn't operational. The cannons in front of the Trocadero were shooting out water and in the 28 degree weather, the spray was refreshing and the view spectacular.

A visit then to the Aquarium du Paris which has a cinema effect. It is an interactive aquarium which is enhanced by digital effects and cinema. Absolutely well presented and beautiful to look out, we saw a large collection of marine life, even little fish babies in their sacs waiting to hatch. It was very cool. One of the displays had a large tank of fish that seemingly danced to the classical music. They followed a particular path in the water and moved with the speed of the music, it was amazing.

Next there was a touch pool, but not for the lame things like the shells and the starfish, this was the real deal. Massive fish swam around the tank and tickled your fingers as you dipped them in the water. Master X engaged in quite a bit of splashing initially which seemed to startle the poor fish however they got used to him and had themselves a nibble on his little bits as well. Following the excitement of the touch pool, we crossed over an interactive display on the floor. It looked like a computer monitor projected onto the ground and there were fish on the screen. You couldn't stand on them as they would move as you got closer, it was done by sensor and so totally impressive.

Ahhh sigh, the lunch cruise on the Seine River with a window seat. Very hot in places as it is 30 odd degrees in Paris today however it was amazing. Beautiful food and great company of course, we had a table to ourselves and wonderful service. We cruised gracefully past all the city sights and even saw a Water Police boat in action. Although Master X was ordered his own food, with what we thought would be more desirable options, he was quite happy to tuck into the alternate stuff that we were sampling.

Master X was at times a bit boisterous and at one stage I did need to retrieve a piece of salmon from his ear. A wonderul lunchtime activity and we were suitably satisfied.

And for our next adventure and one that I have been looking forward to all day. About 20 years ago as a young teen, I had a french penpal who I used to write to religiously. We lost contact as we grew older but recently through the wonderful means of facebook, we have reunited and today for the first time ever we were to meet. It was an exciting moment and the colliding of our youthful world with our now adult one.

We went to the Musee de quai Branly (I think I got that right) for a coffee in the garden cafe. Her english is great and we were able to talk about lots of things. She filled us in our what she had been doing and life in Paris. It all sounds amazing, what a great place to live. We walked back past the Eiffel Tower and then swapped addresses again. She was off to a jazz concert and we were off to our room to try and cool down our little warrior from the day's heat.

A stroll down the hill to a local thai restaurant called Erawan and it had been considered as a michelin restaurant. It was nice to have something other than what we had been eating, and the style of thai was very different to what we get in Australia. Beautiful food and great little restaurant, we came away with no room in our bellies! A short cut through the hotel carpark had security swarming us, apparently you don't do that, so we were escorted to the lobby. But this worked for us because a quick trip up the lift had us comfortably in our room.

Now we await complete darkness for the shimmering lights on the Eiffel Tower, a must do every night in Paris!!

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