Brrrr, freeeeeezing cold and wet

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Got up in middle of the night (alright 7am) had a snack and off to the airport for our flight to Paris. Had a good flight could see the coast of Morocco and of Spain. The closer we got to Paris the darker the clouds. Shouldn't  complain though it snowed a week ago and we actually saw a filmclip of people snowboarding outside the Sacre Coeur. All we did after arrival is go for a bit of a stroll around Montmartre to buy some food (or should I say wine) and have a look at the sexshops in the neighbourhood. Le Chat Noir Hotel where we stay is 200m  from the Moulin Rouge and 2 doors from  Musee de l' Erotisme. 
Great breakfast, a real breakfast not a French one! First off we headed uphill to the Sacre Coeur and from there we ambled our way down the cobblestone lined streets towards Lafayette. The gallery was quite impressive. From there we went past the Opera to le Jardin des Tuilleries and the Louvre. We thought we were back in Morocco  when we approached the Louvre there were that many Africans around trying to sell you Eiffel towers etc. The gypsies did their best not to be outnumbered with their scams. Past the Louvre we followed the river Seine to the Isle de France where Notre Dame is. After that we made our way up to the Hotel de Ville and caught the Metro back to the Hotel for a well earned rest. For dinner we went to a local Restaurant with Jazz. We started off with Escargots with chorizo and blue cheese (yumm,yumm) The main courses were  steak and lamb but very nicely done. We shared a dessert of pear tart and calvados (wished we'd had one each). And 1/2 litre of local house red to wash it all down.
Muesli, yoghurt, fruit salad, fruit juice, camembert, cheese, cut meat, French stick, croissant, real coffee etc. What a start to the day, couldn't ask for more. Have to go and walk it off. Via Place Clichy we head to  Place de la Concorde, across the river Seine to the Musee d'Orsay where we spent a couple of hours looking at different exhibits. Among them Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, Manet, Degas, Rodin.Sisley Lautrec and Pissaro just to mention a few names. From there we head back via the General Assembly Building to Hotel des Invalides and on to the Eiffel Tower. Enough for one day, even in Paris.  
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michel paratte on

z'mitz im puff !!!

Pam on

Welcome to Europe.... love the fotos of Paris.. you went to all my favourite places and then some :-). Not too sure what the weather is doing in Normandy in the next couple of days but here it is going to be ccccooooooolllllddd!!!!! 0c with wind chill factor of -15c. WTF... IT'S SPRING WEATHERMAN!!! Have fun anyway :-) xoxoxoxo

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