Walking, walking and more walking

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today we decided to walk around Paris and see some sights along the way.  First stop was the train station where we'll have to leave from to go to Switzerland to buy our tickets.  The walk there came up with such contrasts, first we stumbled upon a very busy market street.  You could tell this wasn't for the tourists but the Parisians and was bustling with activity and people.  Then we also found ourselves on what you might call Little Africa.  Which then lead us to the train station.  The ticket lady was so sweet, she only spoke a little English but was so cheery - don't know why the French get such a bad wrap I've found them to be helpful and nice, even waiters who are grossly over-worked and usually only one or two of them to serve anyway up to 20 people are also very nice.

From the station we walked towards the Opera house.  We stopped by a church along the way, there are heaps around the city.  Both Mel and I were keen to tour the Opera house but the auditorium was closed so I thought we should try another day.  From there we made our way to the Arc de Triomphe, but before we got there we stopped for lunch.  I again went for an entree which was great - shrimp with avocado, yum.

Finally arrived at the Arc de Triomphe and what a sight it is.  People are not kidding when they say this roundabout is the craziest in the world - it is pure mayhem.  Cars come from everywhere and I worked out that the cars already in the roundabout must giveaway to the ones entering it (which is the opposite to how a roundabout is meant to work) and as such horns were going off left, right and centre.  To have to go through this roundabout as a tourists trying to find your way somewhere would have to be one of the scariest things you could ever do, I wouldn't do it.  The Arc itself is also quite a sight too.  A very beautiful structure.  We had planned to walk all the way back down the Champs Elysees all the way to the Louvre but I was too exhausted.  So I suggested we catch the metro to the Notre Dame instead.

The Notre Dame has such a big reputation and I don't know if I've been to too many churches but just didn't find this one anything too spectacular.  It was nice of course but I've seen better that you never hear about like the church at Prague Castle.  By this stage I was not feeling the best and could feel movement in my sinuses so thought it best I go rest for the remainder of the day, fearing I could get sick again.
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wilkingsworld on

Notre Dame is famous because its famous, its not the biggest, or the oldest, or the fanciest, at one point it was used as a stable for horses, and was about to be torn down, then someone wrote a book about a hunchback............

manda2010 on

ahhh that makes sense. I do like DIsney's Hunchback of Notre Dame movie, I knew all the songs :)

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