|Denise and David in Europe
France - Paris part 1
updated 14 October 2016
Friday 14 October - Paris day 1
3 minutes to landing in
Paris. A snap shot of what is to come...
Charles De Gaulle international
Bags retrieved and straight into a
taxi. It was a fixed fare €50 from the airport
to the hotel. We took it.
We made it in one piece. Never had
we ever seen a taxi driver swerve in and out more
often than this one in heavy traffic! There
were some gaps we were sure we were not going to
make it. And look out if you are on a bicycle!
We are the only guests at our B
& B. We feel pretty special. It is a one
room bed and breakfast with absolutely delightful
hosts. The apartment and the building looks
like it is right out of a movie. Beautifully
appointed. And the bathroom! Mmmmmmmmm David
exclaimed "Denise, why can't you get our bathroom
smelling this good?"
View of the room below. Behind the
curtains french windows and a courtyard view.
The courtyard view.
Pictured (looking up) is the stair
case. (We were only on the second floor)
There was also a super one person lift. (It
only took one bag at a time up to the room). However
we both managed to fit into it when we returned from
our afternoon explore.
finished settling into our B & B we took a
walk to explore the area. There was a huge church
at the top of the hill we thought looked pretty
interesting so we headed for that. Up
in the distance was the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
So we walked up the three hundred and something
steps and were rewarded with some tremendous views
A closer view as we got closer to
the top. We really did get up that hill.
Inside (and out) it was quite a
fabulous architecture. The pipe organ was
Back outside and the view down the
hill shown below. Paris! It was a little
bit cold and wet but who cares when you're in Paris!
On the way down here was a neat
little discovery - the vehicular railway -
DOH! We walked down though.
Typical Paris streets. Love
the wrought iron trim. This building below is
not too far from where we are staying.
Completely different to home especially traffic.
Although you have right of way on a pedestrian
crossing you have to be on the alert for bicycle and
motor cycle riders.
For dinner, we decided to pop out
to the local market and pick up a roast chicken,
some baked potatoes, and some pickled red cabbage
A good dinner had by all.
Three sunny days scheduled for the
rest of Paris.
Saturday 15 October - Paris day 2
A fabulous breakfast awaited us at
8am this morning presented by our hosts Bernd and
Greg. Armed with a croissant each (for morning
tea) and a bottle of water - we headed to the
nearest Metro station and rode 10 stations on the M2
line, changed to M6 for 5 stations and there we were
at the Eiffel Tower.
A word about security in
Paris. To get into the Eiffel Tower promenade
we queued for 20 minutes for a security check.
Then we then queued for 30 minutes for
tickets. THEN we then queued for another
security check before entering the tower (another 15
minutes to get in) and then we had another wait to
get into a lift. We rode the elevator to level 2 and
took some pictures. Time to take the lift to
the summit / another wait for the lift of course.
(Coming down was to be a lot easier.... we just
jumped!) No ... actually we went down 15 flights of
stairs then took the lift . We stayed up there
a long time. One could never tire of the view
and we hope you like our selection for today.
And up we went for the views....
(if you want to see the trip up, check out the video
on Facebook. If you don't have Facebook, then
I guess that is unfortunate)
The Seine from the Eiffel Tower
The Arc de Triomphe from the
Eiffel Tower. This was taken on zoom from the
top of the Tower.
The Louvre Museum (it was a long
shot) from the Eiffel Tower.
More views from the Eiffel
Tower. This took several hours. As
you can see things are a little hazy and the sun is
still trying to break through the morning
haze. More Paris sprawl below.
Pictured below the Les Invalides from the Eiffel Tower
This was a view from level 1 on the way down. We walked the (steps) 57m from level 2 to level 1 - Denise's idea.
Pictured is the front........
.... and the back.....
How do you get to it over the 15
lanes of random traffic? You obviously cannot
cross the traffic. We eventually found the
stairs and we entered underground.
More security checks and ques to
get in but not so bad. By
this time we both need some "conveniences".
Nearest toilet - at the top of all place - you
guessed it. A que for the loo!
You can take the stairs or the
teeny weeny lift so we took the lift.
Pictured below is inside at the
more spectacular views of Paris.
... and .... Memories of Chevy
Chase in European Vacation. That roundabout is
The old versus the new....
After returning to hotel via one
train, we rested and walked to dinner at a nearby
restaurant recommended to us by our B & B hosts.
Step count for Saturday 15 October = 22419
steps. David indicated it was his second
biggest day since recording stated (after the Great
Wall of China -which was over 25000 steps that day).