|Denise and David in Europe
France - Paris part 2
updated 18 October 2016 (including correcting photo)
Sunday 16 October - Paris day 3
A big day at The Louvre
Museum. Be prepared for the walk. Put
away at least two days or more if you want to see
this museum properly. We liked how it was
divided up but it was still awkward to navigate.
Pictured below the entry
Now the pyramid looking up.
The pictures that follow are just
a small selection.
Objects Louis XIV,
XVI,XIV,XVI and Luis XIV and XVI - for those
of you who are historians this will mean the world
to you I am sure.
Pictured below - the harp room.
The next picture is Marie
Switching contexts... pre-historic
Pictured below - a journey through
the eras starting at 1559
Toutankhamon in marbel.
This was huge and very impressive.
Not quite the Mona Lisa but a Da Vinci nevertheless.
Here she is..... ta daaaaaa.
Before and after smile
:-) Isn't the likeness astonishing?
Above - a look outside the window.
Pictured below a selection of
scenes from our dinner cruise.
The Eiffel Tower by twilight - a
nice way to say good night.
Monday 17 October - Paris day 4
Off on the train to Cardinal
Lemoine and a short while into our walk we come
across this interesting old wall. It dates
back to the 13th Century and it is part of a wall
that used to separate the City of Paris from the
rest of the world.
Just down the street the Pantheon
reveals itself. It's a pretty amazing
building. Built in the 1700's. It houses the
ashes or remains of many of the important people of
France since that time to today.
The outside below.
The inside ...
The roof from the center of the
Beautiful paintings adorn the
walls depicting the eras and some entombed here.
One such person - Voltaire
1694-1778. The only statue that was smiling.
Pictured below Vers La Gloire
A pendulum clock - suspended by
from the dome 85 meters above,.
Back wall plus an amazing
sculpture in foreground.
Outside the Pantheon looking
towards the river Seine and the Eiffel Tower.
Below three electric cars charging
After lunch we continued to walk
onto the Notre Dame.
Inside the Notre Dame - an
assortment of views follow...
The Seine next to the Notre Dame.
That was our day. Had to make it
an easy one because we have a very early start for
Wuppertal in the morning. Time to re-pack.
Tuesday 18 October - Paris to Wuppertal
The trains continue - This morning
it is the 7:55 from Gare Du Nord, Paris, France to
Dusseldorf followed then by a connection to
Wuppertal Germany. It's going to be fabulous
to catch up with Kevin and Rainer again.
Here is Paris's Gare Du Nord
station at 6:30am on a Tuesday morning. They
will not tell you the platform till 20 minutes
before the train leaves. But 300 people queue
for the training knowing exactly which platform it
is leaving. Not much of a security feature.
Of course we are in the 15th car
of the 16 car train and had to walk the length of
the train to find our seats. But when we got
there. "Oops. No room for bags in this
carriage. Try the next carriage back"
says the conductor.
The train moves swiftly and
quietly as we enjoy a full breakfast on the train
courtesy of Thalys trains in France.
This is the approximate route to
Dusseldorf - approximately 500 km - three and a half
Approaching Brussels in
Belgium. Here is a nice photo for John (who
enjoys epic train views) as we roll across a
Our Thalys train from Paris to
Dusseldorf. It was full
Timing is a wonderful thing.
The never wrong Eurail Planner - the official train
times and planner for all of Eurail was wrong.
We were supposed to board a train at 11:50 in
Dusseldorf for Wuppertal. But it left at 11:43
and our train arrived 5 minutes late at 11:45.... so
we had to wait till the next one at 12:23. Ah
but the sun was shining on Dusseldorf station.
The our train (pictured below)
arrived at the platform and Denise refused to board
it. It seemed she did not think it secure for
Soon after the right train came
and we were on our way to Wuppertal.