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"I love Paris in the Springtime......."

but you have to keep off the grass apparently!!

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Well, our first full day in Paris....
you'll have to wait and hear how the other intrepid travellers went after our split. Clare, lisa and Robyn all left us to our own devices in London for a couple of days while they toddled off down to the south of England...then got a ferry across the channel to St malo...they'll meet us on Easter Sunday when we all move into our Paris appt together!
In the meantime....here are some of the things we did up to then...well, Mahony took one look at the magnicifience of the Eiffel Tower and couldn't resist the urge to get to the top...and i mean top....about 375metres up in the Parisian sky....god, how brave is she scaling up to the 3rd level...moi, je prefer terra firmar and I stayed away from as much vertigo as I could. She very kindly took a small photo of Immy with her as Immy is a confirmed francophile and cant wait to get her herself...so we thought we'd help her up and up she went....apparently, quite a novelty for all the high achievers up there wanting to help and take photos for Mahony!!
We took a tour around Paris on the off/off bus and that was greast to get your bearings.....Actually, Paris is pretty easy to navigate once you get to the Seine....its all pretty close together and doing the sites is relatively easy....the Metro( like the London Underground) is also really efficient....
We got to see the Louvre,Musee D'Orsay, Jardin de Tuileries,Grand Palace, Tocadero,L'arc de triomphe, Champs Elysees and I can go on....and its all as fabulous and impressive as I'd seen in books,etc...
We did a lovely and relaxing sunset cruise along the Seine.....and so beautiful as the sun sets over Paris....the Eiffel Tower lights up and intermittantly goes into sparkle mode and the whole city seems to go......whhhhhooooooooo! tres jolie....

On Easter sunday morning we met up with Max Veljanovski...( Lupco and Antoinettes son living in Paris).I'd bought him a few essentials from home...eg tim tams, milo etc...you know the kind of stuff! he was so helpful and lovely to us...we went to a farmers type market under the railway station and got some basics to move into the appt....being a public holiday it would be tough to get to a supermarket...or supermarche!....
he gave us some useful phrases....
Desolee, je ne parle pas Francais- sorry, i dont speak french....
Ca ecoute combien? -how much is that....? a french essential!
Quel direction pour le...... what direction is the .....?

have tried in vain to use these when we can....but thankfully, most people know inherantly we 're not french ( wonder how!!)and help out with their broken english.....! and contrary to what most people say....they're not rude or arrogant, sometimes a bit indifferent-they're french and we need to respect their culture /language and just try as best we can....Max told us they like us to try..but they dont expect us to be fluent of course....just be willing to have a go....and a go we have had!...with some hilarious results...poor buggers...!
I nearly bought some lovely fresh cherries thinking, how cute in this little wooden box....and unwittingly got them bagged up and totalled to 55 euros.....!!! cant read it or speak it!! ssshhhhessshhh!
Max helped us over to Rue de Notre Dame de Lorette- in the 9th district where we took over the appt...2 floors up in a typically,tiny,meandering french st not far from everything really....great location and lovely appt chosen by Clare!
By the time the other 3 had negotiated x 3 trains from the Brittany coast...Mahony and i had filled the elusive fruit bowl( sans cherries!!) and perpared a meal fit for a Roi!!!
They were tired and weary travellers and after dragging their heavy luggage up 2 flights of very steep steps were more than ready for a nice glass of wine...and some crunchy baguette with cheese....

And I reckon baguettes are better than sliced bread!
cheers for now- Moy x

Posted by Escapees 14:28 Archived in France Tagged paris eiffel tour seine

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