City of Lights
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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As we pulled in the station we were welcomed by a little kid from the bus vomiting almost on our bags and shoes
We found our way to an area noted to have cheaper accommodation and wandered into a hostel which was full, but the lovely owner rang his friend and got us a room a two minute walk away. What a nice room it was too, never before have we seen dark green carpeted walls but trust us it is a godsend to have dark carpet on the walls if you want to sleep in, undisturbed by the morning daylight.
Sleep in we did and then we wandered through the streets of Paris seeing all the usual sights, we posed in front of the Arc De Triomphe, marveling at it's likeness to the Patuaxi in the previously French governed Vientiane, Laos. We stared in absolute awe at the Eiffel Tower shocked by the mere fact that it is brown not black. Now be honest those of you that haven't been there thought it was black didn't you? Or gray maybe but actually it is a light brown colour
After a few hours at the tower we continued walking and had a look at the Louvre gardens and the much publicised and controversial glass pyramid at its entrance. From there we wandered on to the see the Notre Dame Cathedral. No hunchback here but we did sit down for Mass (Megan's first since her Catholic High School days) and had a look at the many paintings and stained glass windows.
After a very long day walking around we had planned to have a picnic dinner under the stars, looking up at the Eiffel Tower, but we couldn't wait until it got dark so we ate in our "lovely" hotel room. When the sun finally set we did head back to the grassy banks of the Chaillot Palace, a bottle of Moet champagne and chocolate mousse dessert in hand, and watched as the Eiffel Tower lit up the sky with its millions of glittering lights.
We did go into the Louvre the next day and to be honest the Mona Lisa is a tiny square of a painting, surrounded by a truck load of people trying to appreciate and understand it. Megan had more fun trying to visualise scenes from the book the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown that had sections based in the Louvre.
We don't seem to learn from our mistakes in regards to cheap airlines. Due to our lack of time we decided to fly from Paris to the second most romantic city in the world, Venice. Finding the crowded bus to the airport was a little interesting though it did take us out to an airport in the middle of nowhere. We arrived in Venice, worked out where we were on the map then wandered to every hotel in the area trying to find somewhere to stay. Everything was booked up or majorly expensive but luckily a couple of friendly South African girls lead us to their hostel, hidden down a maze of turns, across multiple bridges and canals and we took the last two beds available.