Paris here we come
Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
41Trip End Oct 11, 2013
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Was pretty amazing seeing France for the first time and we felt keenly for Rachel, knowing that she would be wishing that she was with us at this point in our trip. We phoned her to tell her where we were. Nice to see beaches and people walking along them. Easy departure from the ferry onto the coach and on our way into northern France. The countryside is beautiful
Green, clean, tidy. Market gardens with people working in them, farmers out harvesting, men walking with dogs in the "fields", carrying shotguns. Strange - yes - pest eradication. We are following the TGV / Eurostar line along the "autobarn" and a train has just flown by - flat out. The coach is travelling at 120kms and the train would have been doing more than 200kms!
This area is well known for the battlefields - lots of small ( and not so small) cemeteries. All in the name of power. And yes, it still happens today. Stopped for lunch at Amien and managed to buy our lunch with a French speaking check out chick. Another TGV just whizzed by. I want to go on one of those!
Arrived in Paris at 3.30 so enjoyed the chance to have a rest before heading out for a little sightseeing and dinner in The Louvre complex. Just as we finished dinner, we were alerted to look at the Eiffel Tower, which was all sparkly - like Christmas lights flashing. Even the tour guide said he had not seen it looking like that before. By the time the coach collected us, it was one colour again. Early night tonight, since we lost an hour today.
Mary, you will enjoy reminiscing on this part of our trip!