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Paris 02 Ancien - Quartier Palais-Royal

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    • Day 2

      Bordeaux!

      April 28, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      LOVE this city! Had a jet lag adjustment, forgot my camera the first afternoon in, but I think I got this. Yesterday when I was buying a tram ticket at the kiosk, I finally felt like I had found my feet.Read more

    • Day 49

      Paris - Again!!

      November 20, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      What a day we had today....... we woke up at 8:20am after a good nights sleep except for the rooster that started at 6am, however I had read about the rooster and knew what it was so I just turned over and went back to sleep.
      We had no hurry today as we were heading into Paris. Ellie bought tickets for the catacombs online and the earliest visit we could get was 5:45pm which was fine with us as that would give us a chance to look around the Christmas markets.
      We took the 100 mile drive to Paris and this is where the day started to go wrong.
      On the drive my best friend phoned me to tell me that his mum had died earlier in the week as I hung up I triggered a speed camera and I’m assuming it was faulty as I was doing 60mph on cruise control and the speed limit is 70mph.
      We had found a parking spot on park4night outside Paris in the town of Meudon and the description said it was a 5 minute walk to the station but in actual fact it was a 30 minute walk and when we got there the station we wanted was closed.
      There were some young french girls making a YouTube video there in English so we asked them where we could get the train and they told us there was another platform around the corner so off we went and while I checked our route on the Paris Metro app, Ellie bought the tickets.
      The train came and as I tracked us on the metro app I realised we were on completely the wrong train because our line wasn’t even showing up and the train was travelling to stations that didn’t exist on our app until we were 3 stops in but then we were on the metro line.
      Alarm bells were already ringing by then and panic was setting in that we were getting further away from Wanda who we had left locked up in the woods by a lake and we wouldn’t be able to find our way back.
      After 30 minutes we pulled into a station in the heart of Paris, exited the train and went to get on the underground but the barriers to leave the platform wouldn’t open. After 3 attempts a security guard came over, asked us where our tickets were and we showed him and he said they were wrong and didn’t look very happy at all. The fact that we couldn’t speak a word of french was just adding insult to injury. Then another guard came over who did speak English and he was frustrated that we couldn’t produce a ticket for the journey we had just taken. It turned out that the line we had taken was run by a different company and we had bought the wrong tickets, which obviously we didn’t realise and after telling them both he did say that he should fine us both €100 euros but as we are obviously idiots he would fine only one of us €50 euros and we paid the fine there and then.
      Not a good start to Paris, but like our last visit this seems to be a city we don’t get on with.
      From there we did get the tube and 2 stops later we were 1/2 mile from the Louvre museum and we started walking. Next to the Louvre there was a Christmas food market which was expensive but we looked away before I checked my watch and realised it was now 4:45pm.
      Then I checked google maps and realised the catacombs were 2 miles away and an hour walk.
      For the life of me I don’t know why we didn’t get on the tube again especially as we had tickets, but we did walk and got there just in time for our ticket time.
      The Catacombs were amazing, miles and miles of tunnels deep underground and an estimated 7 million bodies all stacked up on top of each other. It sounds gruesome but in actually fact, each year has it’s own tombstone and visitors are super quiet and respectful, I’m glad we got to visit as this was also high up on my photography list and last time we came they were closed.
      From there we walked back to the concierge building and by now it was dark and getting cold and we were hoping to spend the rest of the evening wandering the Christmas markets, but on reaching what we thought was the Christmas market actually turned out to be the night run of Paris for cancer. Gutted.
      We turned around and our legs and feet were really aching now. It was 8pm and we had spent 6 hours solid walking. We headed for the Louvre market and on the way I did manage to photograph the Louvre pyramid before finally getting back to the food markets where I got a paella and Ellie got a chicken curry which did fill us up. Then it was back on the tube to reverse course back to the station where we got fined and we actually got there.
      We couldn’t work out what ticket to buy to Meudon so Ellie went to the booth and got us tickets and it turns out they weren’t on the machines anyway so we couldn’t have bought one like that. 40 minutes later we were back at Meudon station and took the 30 minute walk uphill back to Wanda.
      14.5 miles we had walked and it was now 10:15pm, we were both knackered. I honestly felt like crying with relief once we had got back and just as I sat down with a beer who pulled up next to us??
      The vanlifers!!
      We are in a big car park in the woods, we were alone but out of this whole car park these idiots park right on top of us. Open and close doors for 35 minutes and talk right outside our windows until finally at 11:10pm they shut there sliding door and put there diesel heater on because they’ve let all there heat out leaving the door open.
      Vanlifers really are a different breed, the entitled, selfish idiots of the road and this has just reinforced that belief.
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    • Day 3

      Place Vendôme

      November 28, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Uscite dal museo andiamo verso Place Vendôme. Lungo la strada facciamo un giro nel mercatino di Natale all'interno dei giardini Tuileries e ci fermiamo in un negozio di macarons per un caffè e un pasticcino.
      Continua a piovere, anzi diluvia quindi non riusciamo a goderci in pieno le bellezze della piazza famosa per le sue gioiellerie...
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    • Day 11

      Saying goodbye

      May 30, 2023 in France ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Our last beautiful day in Europe!! A very special trip with the best people. We will miss all the places, views, and people we’ve experienced along the way❤️

      Tre Donne Out ✌️… for now ;)

    • Day 1–2

      Paris

      May 28 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Saw the Sacré Coeur and Eiffel tower before bedtime and navigated Paris' Metro system without fault!

      Was a bit of a hassle on our journey to London since our Exeter-London Paddington journey was delayed! We had to rush to King's Cross on the Tube, which went surprisingly well!

      Before our Brussels train we saw Notre Dame and the Louvre.
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    • Day 14

      An Evening in Paris

      July 21, 2011 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      At Nike Paris on the Champselese, the 4 winner's maiuous (jerseys) of Le Tour were displayed proudly in the window. I was really tempted to get one, but unsurprisingly they were extremely expensive.

      When I stopped for my second crepe (Jambon et Fromage; because it was specifically crepes plural in the plan) I met a very charming young lady from Switzerland. We chatted away in a gazebo near the Eiffel tower for about an hour, and exchanged stories of travel and and a few points of culture. It was very pleasant indeed.

      I decided to limit my self to entering just one attraction with an entry fee. I considered Muse' de Louvre, but decided that the restrictions on photography would be too frustrating. At the eiffel tower and Arch de Triomph, I was put off by queues. I opted instead for the River cruise; it seemed fitting to use another slightly off-beat mode of transport on the trip. I departed from the base of the eiffel tower at 20:00, the cruise lasted just under an hour, and I had a great chuckle at the extremely cliched' commentary. I picked a fairly good time, as at the point where we had finished traveling up-river, and turned about to come back the lights of Paris were just beginning to come on.

      After the cruise I wandered the area to the north West of the eiffel tower. (If I'm honest I got a little bit lost around this point, but eventually got back to the eiffel tower).

      I stopped for a snack, and when I emerged from the restaurant (which I'm sorry to say was a McDonalds, but I was trying to keep things a bit austere) night had properly fallen and I began making my way back along the Sene. Paris is, of course, full of beautiful renascence architecture and by night the grand buildings look more striking if anything. Each structure is enhanced with lighting designed to accentuate it very best aspects. I was quite annoyed with my self for not having brought my tripod (as when I set out I had it in mind to return to the hotel before nightfall), I ended up balancing my camera on my knee, bollards or fencing in an attempt to stabilize it for longer exposures but, I'm sorry to say, with limited success.

      In my revere at the sights, I quite lost track of time and, having walked back down the sene beyond the Louvre missed the last Metro train back to my hotel. It was all the more irritating for the fact that I was stood beside the last train as it waited on the platform, but found the signage quite confusing and only realized that was the train I needed as the doors were closing (had I twigged a couple of seconds sooner, I would have been on it). After that train rolled out the board changed to "Service termine'". I wandered around looking for another train but eventually found that there were no more. So my journey on the metro ended up being just an expensive walk along the escalators and travelators of a particularly extensive Metro station.

      Having wandered Paris all day, I now had to make my way back to the hotel. I had forgotten to turn my phone to "airplane mode", so it had used all its power by the early evening in a futile attempt to find my home (as opposed to a roaming) mobile network. Consequently I had to navigate my way through Paris, a city with which I have no familiarity, by night using just land-marks and periodically referring to the metro maps which are positioned at the entrances to most of the metro stations.

      I managed to find a fairly direct route, but was quite weary by the time I finished. My feet certainly felt that they had had their fill of Paris. I got back to my room and was just about to retire to bed, when the fire alarm went off. This resulted in much wandering around in night clothes trying to figure out what was going on, but it was eventually explained that "Its good to sleep; alarm not good, but its good to sleep.". So ended my "Jour rapose" in Paris.
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    • Day 2

      Opera Garnier!!

      April 15, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Esta visita era una de mis favoritas. Saque las entradas como la mayoría de los sitios pero al llegar allí vimos que cerraban a la 18. Pensábamos que íbamos justos, pero bueno. Al llegar nos dieron opción de coger las audio guías (6,5€ cada una), las cogemos y cuando vamos al mostrador a que nos las den nos dicen que no hay, les decimos que es imposible, que nos las acaban de vender...y luego nos dicen que es que no nos va a dar tiempo. Les pedimos que nos devuelvan el dinero y nos dicen que no, que vengamos otro día. Por cansinos..ya nos las dan... Y en media hora empezaron a cerrar....me quería morir porque hubiera pasado allí horas 😭😭😭Read more

    • Day 5

      Walking

      November 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

      After coming out of the metro, it was just a short walk to Angelina's, the tea house that we're going to. This must be a well to do neighborhood because we're passing some fancy designer boutiques. I like this covered walkway. This would come in very handy when it rains.Read more

    • Day 5

      Walking Back

      November 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

      On the way back to the metro, we passed several shops that seemed to be selling the same sort of Paris souvenirs that we've been seeing all over the city except that they were much more expensive here. We're guessing that the prices have gone up because this is a more well-to-do neighborhood. We'll just do our shopping elsewhere.Read more

    • Day 2

      "Thats quite a dress you almost have on"

      April 16, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Couldn't wait to visit the OLDEST bar in Europe! Dating back to 1911, this bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary and served the first hotdog in Paris in 1925! Famous for its cocktails, their Cosmopolitan was the second best I've tasted ever in my life!
      This bar has been frequented by the greats... like Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Humphrey Bougart.
      Downstairs is the SAME OLD PIANO that Gershwin himself composed the score to An American in Paris" which is where the liberal above comes from and this is the same bar used in the 007 movie A View to a Kill...
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