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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Paris was Great

Back in NZ, jet-lag under some sort of control, going in to work this morning.
Just discovered that my son's car is overdue for WOF and Rego.
Hope I don't get the same problems that The Curmudgeon had.
But Paris was great.  I've been to France many times, but we've always stayed in the country.  We've had extended stays in Bordeaux, Dijon, Burgundy and along the Loire, but never in Paris, as we had been told (by Frenchmen as well as Brits) that Paris was full of rude nasty people.
They were wrong.
Paris is a beautiful city, full of superb buildings, great restaurants and nice people.
We did all the touristy things and thoroughly enjoyed them.
    Eifel Tower
  • Went up the Eifel Tower
  • Arc de Triumph
  • Walked along the Champs Elysees, under the Arc de Triumph
  • Louvre
    Guess Who?
  • Went to the Louvre (saw the Mona Lisa)
  • Musee d'Orsay
  • Went to the Musee d'Orsay
  • Grand Palais
  • Went to the National Galleries in the Grand Palais (couldn't get in.  They were having a Monet exhibition, and the queue to get in was about 2-3 hours)
  • Bastile (July) Monument
  • Saw the Bastille monument (I didn't know they'd knocked down the prison) and walked around the old Jewish quarter
  • Notre Dame
    Isle du Cite (front) and L'Isle de St. Louis(back)
  • Went to Notre Dame and L'Isle du Cite, and L'Isle de St. Louis.
  • Sorbonne
  • Walked through the Latin quarter by the Sorbonne
  • Rodin Museum
  • Went to the Rodin Museum (Couldn't get in as they had a Henry Moore exhibition in their gardens, another long queue)
  • Les Invalides
  • Went to Les Invalides and Naploleon's Tomb
I don't think we saw an ugly building anywhere.
The food was great, but expensive.  A cup of coffee (Cafe Creme) was about €4, about NZ$7, most of the lunches (2 course fixed price)were €20 (NZ$35) and because there were 4 of us, we had to be a little careful.
I just wish we'd visited before we moved to NZ.  13,000 miles is a bit far to drop in for lunch.
Lots of pretty girls though.
A common sight in a Paris street


  1. I had the same problem with cues at splash planet in Hastings . The moral is to get there early.

  2. Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy - of being in Paris, not of the girls.

  3. Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy - of not being in Paris with the women.

  4. I don't think the babes are French. Did you take the picture?


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