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Paris 01 Ancien - Quartier Place-Vendôme

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    • Day 70

      Museum Orsey

      July 15, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Am letzten Tag bringen wir unsere Koffer in ein Kofferdepot und gehen dann gemeinsam ins Museum Orsey.
      Es ist zum Glück kaum etwas los, wir können Karten kaufen und direkt ins Museum gehen das Museum war zu Pariser Weltausstellung eine Bahnhofshalle und ist nun ein Ort, wo alle berühmten Maler wie van Gogh, Renoir, Monet etc sowie alle berühmten Bildhauer und Architekten zu sehen sind. Danach geht's mit U-Bahn und Bus zum Bahnhof, wir kaufen Tickets für den Bus zum Flughafen und mit einer halben Stunde Verspätung fliegt uns die Lauda Air wieder zurück nach WienRead more

    • Day 14

      Hello Paris ❤️

      September 29, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Fabulous first day in Paris. We fast trained in from Lyon where we had to stopover to have a few hours sleep after busing from Turin. This was an extra stop because of the rockfall in the alps which has stopped all trains passing through.Read more

    • Day 10

      Paris Day 2

      May 14 in France ⋅ ☁️ 59 °F

      Tuesday was very rainy day which limited us a bit. We attempted to visit Musée d’Orsay, but there was an hour wait (in the rain) so we decided to grab some croque monsieur to go and head over to the Catacombs of Paris. This was a real highlight of the trip! After the catacombs we were hungry so we headed over to the famous Cafe de Flore for some delicious salads. In the afternoon we walked around Notre Dame and visited the mahJ (Musuem of Jewish art and history) before a Moroccan dinner!Read more

    • Day 11

      Last day in Paris

      May 15 in France ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      We had a beautiful last day in Paris! We started off at the Lourve followed by a walk through Montmartre. We had lunch at Cafe Des deux Moulins which is famous for the movie Amélie. We then walked up to Rue de L’Abreuvoir which was as beautiful as promised. Next we went to the Basilica of Sacré-Couer de Montmartre and walked back down to the Moulin Rouge. By then we were exhausted so we grabbed a bottle of real Champagne and relaxed at the hotel (after our free happy hour drink of course!)Read more

    • Day 41

      Wonderful last day in Paris

      May 20 in France ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Last night after the flight delay, we didn’t check in to the hotel till after midnight (after walking 1.8 kms through terminal 2 to get to the little train shuttle that took us to terminal 3 where our hotel is!!) so we slept in till about 8.30 this morning, and felt very leisurely as we didn’t have to pack or check out…

      We got the RER to the city, and our first mission was to collect a watch Amr had taken when we first arrived for repair…long story, but it hadn’t come back from where it was sent…(I wonder if Amr will ever see it again..), but they were officially closed today and at first were very offhand till one person tried to be helpful…so that wasn’t a great start to the day, but then things improved greatly! The watch people said May 20 is a French holiday - they didn’t know why, and I must look it up…but anyway, Paris was surprisingly manageable, and not fighting crowds etc, which was good.

      Our next goal was to go to Chez Denise to see if we could make a reservation for dinner tonight…but when we arrived the whole entrance was blocked off with black covers..and they were filming..(we found out it was for a film about de Gaulle)…we couldn’t even enquire or go in at all…one person said she thought they would be open tonight…so that was another not so good thing, but we did keep positive about the chance of going tonight, but it was an uncertainty! Then we stopped for coffee and pastries having not had dinner last night, and only a mandarin and banana at the hotel, much needed.

      After that we had a shopping mission to Galeries Lafayette…quite a session there - the enfant floor to find something for Amr’s godson Harry’s daughter, the Mariage Freres section for Amr’s special teas, and the perfume section for Denise….After that we (I) was weak from hunger and shopping (not really my thing) and we went to a favourite cafe near the Opera and had a perfect “French” lunch of onion soup and a goat’s cheese salad and a glass of rosé. That was perfect, and we were both rejuvenated. Even enough to have a look into Uniqlo! On our way from there to the Tuileries where we planned to sit and read, Amr spotted a man carrying a TWG bag, which is a very special tea shop that he didn’t know was in Paris. So he asked the man where it was and it is a special shop in the Ritz, in their gallery of special shops!! So with heads held high we marched into the Ritz, asked where to find it and walked the hallowed halls…very beautiful, and Amr bought more tea, and also coffee at another shop!!

      After all that excitement we did go and sit and read on chairs round the pond in the Tuileries until the weather changed (which had been predicted - we even took umbrellas) so we scuttled with everyone before there was a downpour, and found a cafe where we took refuge in an upstairs hideaway, had a drink and didn’t actually notice much rain, but when we emerged there were puddles everywhere, but again we were lucky as it stopped by then and I never did use my umbrella!

      We then thought we’d try our luck with Chez Denise, found it open - or not open, but people there and all the film covers gone, and made a booking for 7.30…a wait of about 45 minutes..so we wandered in the Forum Les Halle’s which is now an enormous Westfield mall and rather ghastly, but we discovered we could pick up the RER back to CDG from there - the dread Chatelet/Les Halles metro and RER interchange which we have many times got lost in - but it looked straightforward- and after dinner we tried it and it worked and we were expressed back to the hotel.

      To fill in more time till 7.30 we looked into the enormous church we always see near there - St Eustache…it is huge, and beautiful, and we managed to see and admire before it closed for the day. Then we went back to Chez Denise and had, as usual, a wonderful meal. You always get chatting to your neighbours as you are so close, and we had 2 Frenchmen next to us, then at their table a young couple from HongKong were seated next to them…so they were delighted to have Australia on one side and HongKong on the other, and very good ambiance. We had the chef’s terrine and the kidneys (they are big servings and we now know to share) and I had to have their enormous ile flottante!! I have to add that I don’t have my phone with me so Amr is in charge of the pics and will not wait till you are posed and smiling…)

      Anyway, a lovely end to the day, now back and semi packed ready to start the big flights home tomorrow morning.
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    • Day 5

      All aboard the Champagne Train

      September 18, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      We are left Paris this morning to catch the train to Epernay, where everything is about the bubbles.

      We met up with Gerry and Cilla for breakfast and, after bidding them farewell, did a quick pack. We had been advised that it was a car free day in Paris between 10am and 6pm, so decided to walk to Gare de L’Est to catch our train (much to the horror of the hotel manager). Ian had done the calculations and it was about a 3.2km walk which we all felt we could achieve, even with our suitcases. And, we did. We walked through the 8th, 9th and 10th arrondissments in about an hour seeing some lovely views of Paris. It was a delightful walk and fairly easy to complete.

      We boarded our train on time and I am so pleased I had booked 1st Class tickets, as it made the trip very comfortable and roomy. The trip to Epernay took about 90 minutes and our Airbnb was only a 10 minute walk from the station.
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    • Day 13

      The Phantom of the Opera is Here...

      June 7, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      Toured the Paris Opera House. The auditorium was closed but it still took us ages to roam around and look at everything else. Everything is insanely carved marble and photos don't really capture the enormity of those rooms!Read more

    • Day 34

      Paris

      November 16, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Important story I didn’t write on yesterdays post because I was too busy trying to finish and get to bed because it was like 12:30.
      The walk back from moulin rouge was intense. Will needed to poop 😆😆
      We finally made it to the hotel only to find a notice on our hotel door saying “receptionist away, will be back shortly.”
      It was a looooong wait 😆😆😆😆😆😆

      We were meant to go on a walking tour this morning but I cancelled it at about 10am cause I just couldn’t get up. Couldn’t.
      Have moved to Friday instead.
      We left the house at about 1. Our bodies are so sore.
      Walked in the direction of the police museum with the Louvre and Notre Dame cathedral on the way.
      It’s very miserable weather so I brought a backpack with our raincoats and lucky we did because we found some art 🤗🤗🤗🤗
      Walked past this lady actually painting which we always prefer so we know it’s theirs. I actually really liked all of them so we stopped to look.
      I asked how much and she said 17€
      I asked Will what he thought about buying 3 for like a combo piece for the bathroom or something and he agreed. We agreed on one, he picked one and i picked one. I would never have picked the one he chose but all together they look lovely.
      45€ all up. Wills mind popped. He thought she said 70€ which he accepted so he is thinking bargain for 17!!! Well 15 with our deal 🕺🏻
      She was lovely and said it’s so good to see Australians (all tourists) back we have been missed. Glad to be back.
      Walk walk walk and came across another art shop and bought a big painting of the Eiffel Tower became we were so regretful we got no art last Europe trip we pre planned to buy in Paris this time around. Pleased with our purchase for 35€

      Didn’t do much other than get a quick photo of both landmarks on the way but the line for the Louvre was short like last time and the cathedral was really interesting to see after the fire. The front façade survived but the back was a hot mess. Lots of cranes working on it.
      Had Turkish/Lebanese for lunch. The Tzatziki was saaaaaa good.
      Walk walk walk.
      Found the police museum and it was so bizarre. Had to do a security check then go into a proper police station and awkwardly be like uhhh museum?? And they pointed upstairs.
      Walked past all the criminals and victims lol ok.

      Museum was awesome actually. Would like more English but front desk person gave a quick briefing and some signs had translations.
      The different sections were past policing uniforms and police chiefs etc (5 different ones 1815)
      Then onto what we visited for - the only surviving guillotine used during the revolution. VERY COOL.
      It also had a noble execution sword on display and other bits and bobs.
      Next up was a bunch of murder weapons and crime scene photos and descriptions. Very grim I lovedddd it hahah. I got the jist but would have loved some more descriptions. The skull with half of it missing next to a hammer was self explanatory lol.

      Really enjoyed it actually. And museum is from 1909 which is why it’s in such an odd spot - original headquarters.
      It was raining so to protect the painting (which was sticking out the top of my bag cause it’s too big) we got the metro.
      2 different ones this time. It’s very straight forward like London.
      Went to the Place de la Concorde which is where King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were both executed.
      A boring square but historically important.

      I kicked over a beggars jar of coins by accident. And they went everywhereeeeeee.
      I know it’s a scam and purposely put in the middle of the footpath but I still gave her 2€ cause she was a child and what a crap life to be sent out to do that.

      We then went to an exchange place and exchanged Wills left over pokie winnings from before we left. Exchange is so bad 😭😭😭😭😭 61c 😪
      Walked home and I went to buy tickets online for the chateau tomorrow and of course more money needed to be spent - They had to send me a security text because I was using my NAB card. So I had to activate my sim. What’s another $10🥲having Chinese for dinner and I am KEEN

      Chinese was good. I want Australian Chinese but definitely acceptable haha. They don’t do any of the normal orders except sweet and sour pork.
      Portions were tiny so we went searching for a frozen yogurt place but could not find it so Will demanded Starbucks. As we walked out of Starbucks we found it 😑😑😑

      Home now and in the bath. Have to sort out all the minor details for our trip tomorrow. Car place seems to be close so that’s good.
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    • Day 36

      Paris

      November 18, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      We made the call to not do the walking tour last night for several reasons.
      - We have done Paris well and will be re seeing a lot.
      - We walk at least 10-15km a day. Our feet and bodies are SORE.
      - it’s 4km to starting point followed by 3 hours of walking. Nope.
      We decided to go to the army museum instead which we LOVED. 20/10.
      Even Will keeps asking me if I’ve given them a 5 star review yet 😆

      It was 14€ which was terrific. We spent hours there and skipped a whole bunch of it. It’s huuuuuuuuuge.
      First section was old knights armor, swords. Canons etc. So cool and so unbelievable just how many they have. They had displays which went on and on and on but also this hallway with canons in it but on the other side was glass showing their storage collection. They had all the armors facing the window so it was like walking past an army which was so so cool.
      Cool will be used a lot to describe today.
      The oldest we found was from 1100.
      You see stuff like this and get a date like 1609 and stick your nose up at it for being so recent 😆😆
      The next section was the world wars. Best displace I’ve seen. It had every country represented with their uniforms and stuff.
      I loved in the WW2 section that they had a Swastika flag. I love that it didn’t get burnt and is on display and that someone hasn’t complained its offensive. We noted in Germany their lack of ww2 museums because they don’t want to be seen as promoting or praising.
      I think this museum did it all really well - It was all factual.
      It also had some of his stuff which was noteworthy.
      It also had a quick woman’s section which I really enjoyed for WW2. I like when it’s individual stories and you get given a face to imagine alongside the story.
      Interestingly 65, 068 French resistance medals were awarded. 10% of those medals were awarded to woman. Good job girls. Doing good effort from home 💪🏻
      Lots of weapons, personal belongings, art and uniforms were the main contents.

      Next was the French resistance part which I think if you were French would be more interesting.
      We skipped a lot of this part.
      We then went into the chapel to see Napoleons tomb.
      His older brother Joseph and Son also are buried there.
      His tomb was so ridiculous. Big center piece in the middle. So extra.

      Then onto Napoleon and King Louis’s XIV + XV section. Bit bored in this bit too. We were spoilt and had seen too many thing by this point. Napoleons horse had been taxidermied though so I like that bit.

      We walked home.
      On the way a man started yelling and full tackled another man to the ground maybe 20 meters in front of us and kept screaming at him.
      Will just kept walking towards it.
      “What the hell are you doing?????
      Why are you walking towards that????”
      So many cops near by because we think it’s parliament near by - literally 2 cops every corner.
      They took their sweet ass time responding to the fuss. My only thinking is maybe they hesitate in case they are worried it’s a decoy for something for sinister. Cause I did expect a bit of a quicker response to the yelling and violence..
      We think maybe the guy stole something from the fancy shop and it was a citizens arrest?

      Either way I don’t speak French, i don’t know what’s happening, so I crossed the street like a sensible person with some self preservation. Will had to be yelled at by me to do so.

      I’m in the bath and we absolutely need to do washing but are done for the day so will wear dirty undies to Dijon and do tomorrow 😆😆

      Will wanted Mexican for dinner so we went to a random burrito shop.
      Keen to move on from Paris but I will miss this hotel. It’s probably our best standard until we get to London lol.
      Have to pay tomorrow though so we will see the damage then 😬

      OH.
      3 days in a row we have put the do not disturb sign on the door and 3 days that has been ignored.
      😑
      Today we came back mid clean and she couldn’t speak English but was hesitant to let us in.
      Excuse me but you shouldn’t even be in here gtfo.
      I find it rude actually. That sign is universal in meaning. No not ignore. I might have hidden my stuff better and moved my dirty undies off the floor. 😒
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    • Day 3

      Brasserie Triadou Haussmann

      August 20, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Wir machen eine Pause in der Brasserie Triadou Haussmann

      Mathilda sagt, hier hat sie die besten Pommes ihres Lebens gegessen (außen zart-knusprig, innen weich-saftig, aber nicht matschig)

      Zufällig wird in einer Ecke der Brasserie die Volleyball-EM der Frauen übertragen (hier Frankreich vs Finnland. Frankreich gewinnt). Das passt gut zu unserem Volleyballfieber 😊
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