Paris 17 Batignolles-Monceau

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  • Day26

    Most spectacular show.

    October 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Well... what can I say.. we spent last night at The Moulin Rouge and were blown away. We had an amazing 3 course dinner with free champagne and then had the best show. The dancers were amazing and even though we didnt understand a word it was wonderful. Getting in at 3am was a first and £70 for a bottle of wine was a shock but wouldn't have missed it.Read more

  • Day4

    And so onto Paris

    August 9, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Our last night spent in Amsterdam we walked the Red Light District and was amazed at how many people there were. Had dinner overlooking the canal and wandered through the streets. Such an amazing place, very relaxed and we didn’t experience any negative vibes as we had been warned there might be pick pockets etc. As we walked back we went into a Coffee Shop frequented by the locals and experienced some of the local culture and Pete experienced some of the local coffee specials 😉😉. We both agree that Amsterdam is somewhere we could return and spend more time exploring.

    In the morning we had an early start and we headed to the station for our first international train trip. We had bought a second hand bike lock at a market so when we boarded the train we locked our luggage to the storage unit and didn’t have to worry about it going missing. We were in a first class compartment with free wifi and seats with heaps of room. An easy trip from Amsterdam to Paris. The tricky bit was then navigating the Metro with our luggage. My arm muscles were screaming as we carried our bags up lots of stairs, but we made it! It was raining slightly when we got out of the station but we made it to our hotel with minimal fuss.

    It absolutely poured down as we walked to find food and coffee and so we were forced to stop for a glass of wine to wait out the storm. Found some food and then Pete headed out to explore and I went out to find the wine, bread and cheese. As always had to buy the glasses, a bottle opener and knife, but it was worth it! Tonight we will walk the streets looking for a bistro for dinner and an early night before we head out tomorrow for the next big adventure!
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  • Day5

    A Night To Remember

    August 10, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After a much needed nana nap we headed out to dinner, which was great and so was the cocktail! We then stood in line, just for something different at Moulin Rouge. We were taken to our seats and somehow ended up front row with a bottle of champagne. The show was fantastic and will be something Pete will never forget. Who said we are old?? Got home at 2 after an amazing night😍😍Read more

  • Day15

    Sacré Coeur und gaz lacrymogène

    August 31, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach einem weiteren kurzen Zwischenstopp in Mailand geht es in über 12 Stunden nach Paris. Wir erwischen den Zug in letzter Sekunde da wir zunächst beim falschen Bahnhof landen. Die Fahrt dauert so lange da wir Regionalzüge nutzen, um die hohen Reservierungsgebühren, die für Schnellzüge wie der TGV trotz Interrail-Ticket anfallen, zu vermeiden.

    Unsere Airbnb-Unterkuft im 17. Arrondissement erfüllt alle Klischees. Es handelt sich um eine kleine Wohnung über einem Szenelokal in einem alten Haus. Die Kühlschranktür fällt fast heraus, die Vorhangstange runter und man hat immer wieder Begegnung mit kleinen posierlichen Tierchen. Dafür ist zwei Türen weiter eine typisch pariser Boulangerie (Bäckerei) mit herrlichen Croissants und die Innenstadt nur 40 Minuten zu Fuß.
    Auf jeden Fall bekommen wir hier einen authentischen Eindruck vom Leben in der französischen Hauptstadt.

    Am nächsten Tag nehmen wir an einer interessanten Führung im Montmartre Viertel Teil. Wir erfahren die Geschichte vom Moulin Rouge, sehen die pariser Wohnungen von Toulouse Letrec, Picasso und Gaugin und bestaunen eine Mauer auf der in etlichen Sprachen die schönen Worte "Ich liebe dich!" festgehalten werden. Die Führung endet an der Kirche auf der Kuppe des Montmatre, der Sacré Coeur.

    Wenige Minuten später werden wir Zeugen der weniger pittoresken Seite Frankreichs:

    Einige Gelbwesten demonstrieren am Fuße des Hügels und wollen hinauf. Die Polizei will das verhindern wohl um die Touristen zu "schützen".
    Wir können also hautnah miterleben, wie es um die französische Gesellschaft steht.
    Viele Bettler und Diebe unterstreichen die Spaltung der Gesellschaft. Miri entdeckt in der Metro zum Glück rechtzeitig wie ein Mann an der Tasche mit ihrem Handy nestelt.
    In der Dämmerung besteigen wir noch den Eiffelturm. Hunderte von Händlern, meist schwarzer Hautfarbe, vekaufen kleine Eiffeltürme und andere Staubfänger und überhaupt vermarktet sich Paris sehr effektiv.
    Den letzten Tag in Paris genießen wir auf der Champs Elysse und lassen ihn im Jardine de Tuellerie ausklingen und erholen uns vom Sightseeing Stress. Morgen geht es nach England mit dem Eurostar.
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  • Day3

    Paris en vélib

    September 23, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We were happy to find those rental bikes in Paris, we started the day with a cycle to the Sucre Coeur for breakfast. We cycled to the different cites all day with plenty of refreshment stops along the way. It is more challenging to find bikes at the docking stations in Paris, at some stage me and Roedolf were on the same bike, It was a bit nerve recking... but we managed to get to the next docking station where there were plenty of bikes.

    Nothing beats exploring the beautiful city by vélo( bicycle).

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  • Day3

    Moulin Rouge and the Parisian Streets

    September 1, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Final destination for the day was to see the Moulin Rouge and photograph the famous red windmill. Moulin Rouge has been a long-time favourite movie of mine so it was great to see the structure in real life.

    I had read so many mixed reviews on the Moulin Rouge show that we decided not to see it this time. We had so many other things we wanted to see. Maybe next time we visit Paris we will consider it.

    Our first day exploring the streets of Paris has been fabulous (with the exception of our very sore feet and the heat) and we love the many different buildings, statues and fountains that make this city so beautiful. The avenues lined with trees, the friendly French people we encountered throughout the day and the wonderful vibe of the city made our first day in Paris so enjoyable.

    We finished back at the restaurant where we had started our day and enjoyed a delicious French meal and some friendly banter with our waiter. Magnifique!
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  • Day7

    From bones to breasts..

    September 1, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A later start to the morning had us enjoying some freshly baked pastry while our laundry was running. We wandered through Musèe Grevin the Paris wax museum and then enjoyed some chocolate at the Choco Story. A quick stop to buy some shoes as Amy's broke from all the walking and then off to the Catacombes which house over 2 million people's bones from through history. We finished the night off at Moulin Rouge and then some live music and dinner at Le Chat Noir where Amy tried escargot... and liked it.Read more

  • Day25

    Parlez Vous Francais

    June 25, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Hotel breakfast was at 8am today, with most of us jumping on the bus at 8.45 for a city tour with Tamara and Jo. Tamara shared her wealth of knowledge about this gorgeous city with us, as we did multiple laps of the Arc De Triomphe. There is an enternal flame lit at the Tomb of the unknown soldier, which has apparently only ever gone out once, and of course it was because an Aussie couple tried to cook a sausage on it... Straya, mate!
    We drove down the Champs Elysees, where all of the expensive shops are, your Louis Vuitton, Prada etc, as well as a bunch of car showrooms. We drove through the Place de la Concorde, the largest public square in Paris, and through Opera House and shopping district. We passed the Lourve, and also the Notre Dame cathedral. We finally stopped at a french perfumery, called Fragonard, where we had an included tour.
    We met our guide and she took us through Fragonard's history, how perfume is made and the history of the fancy perfume bottles. Frangonard's perfume can only be bought at Fragonard's stores, and they are only in France. Of course this sucked us all into buying a few bottles, so I picked one I liked to give to Mum.
    From here it was a free day to explore Paris, so I headed off with Jacinda, Alex, Ali, Brooke and Nicolette in search of some proper French crepes and croissants. It ended up being too hard a decision so we split again and Brooke, Nicolette and I wandered the city. We ended up getting crepes from a little food place in a park just off the Champs Elysees. Nutella and banana - Delicious!!
    We walked up the Champs Elysees, venturing into different shops, before making our way into Laduree, a bakery famous for their macarons. The queue was nearly out the door (always a good sign), so we jumped on the end and made the difficult decision of what to buy, and what size. I'm not a huge macaron fan, but these were something else - believe the hype!
    We made our way back outside and I decided to part ways with the girls, too much to see and I didn't want to drag them along!
    I made my way to the Metro station, then realising how close I was to the Arc De Triomphe, ran up and took some photos.
    I headed to Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro station, worked out how to buy a ticket (easy enough), and followed the signs to the correct platform. It would be difficult to get it wrong, the signage was fantastic! I only had to wait about 2 minutes and my train arrived, and 8 or so stops later I was at the Hotel de Ville station. I got off the train and found my way out of the station, and tried to get my bearings. It was a little difficult, as my maps on my phone weren't loading properly without data, but I figured it out and headed on my way to the Notre Dame.
    It was such a beautiful day to be walking through the city. I finally made it to the cathedral and there was security and signs everywhere - no entry into the cathedral until 4.30pm. It was currently around 1.30 or so, and we were supposed to be meeting Tamara at 4.30. I won't lie, I was a little shattered... It's not like I hadn't seen enough churches along the way, but second to the Vatican, it was the one I was most looking forward to!
    Nevermind, I took plenty of photos out the front and headed towards another catherdral recommended by Tamara - Sainte-Chapelle. This one doesnt look like much from the outside, but there was a line and a €6 fee to get in, so I figured it must have been alright. The queue moved fairly quickly, and I walked inside to see some nice stained glass windows. I wasn't overly impressed, and thought to myself that Tamara may have over exaggerated how nice it was, until I found a small staircase in the back corner. I walked up and was completely blown away by the room upstairs. There was 15 huge stained glass windows surrounding the room, the sun was shining brightly through them, I think I actually gasped when I walked in. I wandered around, took some photos, then headed back down the stairs.
    I had about an hour to head back to the meeting spot, so I decided to continue walking, hoping to pass by the Lourve and take a couple of token photos. I crossed the river and walked along it, then started to panic a little that I wouldn't make it back in time, so upped the pace. By the time I got to the Lourve, walked in the wrong entrance and got stuck behind a gate, I could only take a quick picture and then walked through the gardens on the property, finally arriving back at the Place de la Concorde with about 15 minutes to spare.
    We jumped on the bus and headed back to the hostel, where we had a couple of hours to get ready for our final night on tour.
    We jumped on the bus at 6.45, on our way to our parisian dinner at Restaurant La Mère Catherine. Jo dropped us on the main road, and we hiked (in our fancy clothes) up to the top of the hill to Sacre Coeur Basilica. What a view! We took some photos, then made our way to the restaurant.
    There was a duo singing in the corner, what started as some lovely french tunes, turned into some cracking Katy Perry and Britney Spears covers.
    I had the french onion soup (delicious) followed by chicken with french fries.
    Jacinda, Charli, Brooke, Sharne, Nicolette and I had booked the Moulin Rouge, rather than the contiki cabaret choice, so we had to bail before the end of dinner, so we rushed a few goodbyes to people we may not see again, then hiked back down the hill to the main street.
    We made it just in the nic of time, walking in and finding our table during the opening number.
    My initial thoughts were that it was a little tacky, but once you embrace the over the top smiles, all of the boobs out and about, the true corniness of it all, it's actually quite spectacular! In between all the dance numbers, there are some truely incredible acts. A ventriloquist who was hilarious, a lady in a pool with pythons, and my favourites, 2 people on roller skates, on a tiny platform doing some amazing acrobatics! Many gasps from the crowd during their performance!
    After the show was over, we grabbed our programs and headed to the bar next door, O'Sullivans. Tamara had told us the rest of the group would be meeting there after their show.
    Well, thanks to the Euro cup, and the Ireland V Wales game, this Irish pub was packed. It was the most disgusting place I've ever walked into. I have no doubt in normal circumstances it's great, but we walked through so many sweaty welshmen, the place had the stench of poo and vomit. That's not an exaggeration. In the time we were there, Wales won and the Welsh got even rowdier, and a few others showed up. We tried to message Tamara to find somewhere else to meet, but by the time the rest of the group arrived we gave in and found an area on our own. We drank away the disaster of the final night, I think I headed out on the dance floor for a while with Natalie, and eventually ubered home with Nicole, Jono and James.
    I snuck into my hotel room trying not to wake Terryanne, and went to bed for the last time on Contiki!
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