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  • Day10

    Paris - Eifelturm

    September 27 in France

    Mit kurzer Hose heute Morgen in Canisy bei unter zehn Grad hab ich nicht ganz gewagt zu hoffen, dass ich richtig angezogen war, aber in Paris war es dann tatsächlich sofort, als wir den Bus verlassen haben sehr warm! Ich war dementsprechend perfekt angezogen!
    Der Bus hat uns auf eine Plattform gebracht, von der aus man perfekt den Eifelturm sehen konnte. Nach ein paar Fotos haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht und sind an der Seine entlang gegangen zum Musée du quai Branly gegangen. Das ist neben einem echten Museum auch ein sehr schöner Park, wo wir gut picknicken könnten. Während des Essens ist eine Diskussion über Marvel Superhelden ausgebrochen, die uns auch den Tag über weiterhin stetig begleitet hat.
    Gestärkt von dem Essen haben wir uns zurück auf den Weg zum Eifelturm gemacht, von wo aus wir auf die Bateaux Bus gegangen sind mit dem ersten Ziel Notre Dame, aber davon gleich mehr.
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  • Day4

    Eiffel Tower

    September 2 in France

    We planned to enjoy a nice stroll through the Champ de Mars, the well-known gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower, but were horrified at the condition of the gardens. Basically there was very little grass, worn down from so much foot traffic and dusty dirty paths everywhere. AND the most disgusting toilets we have ever experienced. Not impressed at all and very sad to see it such a state.
    Instead of enjoying a stroll we decided played French tourists and enjoyed some delicious crepes at a nearby cafe. A nice way to spend an afternoon.
    Finally we made our way to the Eiffel Tower and boy were we impressed. It certainly lived up to the anticipation. We took the lift up to the summit and I have to admit the ride up was a bit daunting. We were even contemplating not going further than the second level but realised there was no way we could not go all the way to the top. Once we were there it was amazing. Unfortunately it too crowded for Brad to get on bended knee and propose again.
    By the time we made our way back down we had only a small wait until the lights to come on. The light show was worth the wait but we were happy to finally make our way home and rest our feet. It had been a very long day - but an amazing day. We love Paris.
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  • Day185

    Sightseeing-Tour Part 1

    February 15 in France

    Gegen Mittag ging es heute los die Stadt erkunden. Natürlich im Regen...! Aber das hielt uns nicht davon ab! Wir hatten eine Stadtrundfahrt mit dem berühmten "Hop-On Hop-Off" Bus gebucht, so konnten wir die Stadt bequem ohne den lästigen Verkehr durchqueren...dachten wir! Doch unser Busfahrer hatte einen schlechten Tag... Keine 300 Meter weiter stand der Bus und der Fahrer drückte die Hupe für einige Minuten komplett durch. Warum? Keine Ahnung :D!
    Danach ging es auf jeden Fall weiter zur "Galerie Lafyette" ,ein Kaufhaus der Extraklasse! Das besondere war die Innenarchitektur, die einen zum staunen brachte!! Und ja tatsächlich war auch etwas für uns dabei. Es gab Macarones und wenn man schonmal in Paris ist dann auch die besten von "Pierre Hermé". Sie sind nicht ganz so süss und es gibt ganz unterschiedliche, extravagante Variationen, wie z.B. die Macarones "Vanille de Madagascar & Chocolat Pure Origine Bélize". Mal schauen wie sie schmecken!
    Weiter ging es zur "Champs-Elyseés" und zum Triumphbogen. Wir schlenderten am Disney Store und mal wieder an einigen großen Marken wie "Louis Vuitton" vorbei. Am Ende dann der Triumphbogen und der sechsspurige Kreisverkehr mit 13 Ausfahrten! Also uns reicht schon der Dreisspurige Kreisverkehr an der Bielefelder Stadthalle!
    Es war trotzdem ein atemberaubender Anblick, der Triumphbogen in Kombination mit dem Kreisverkehr und der Blick auf den "Place de la Concorde" am Ende!
    Doch das eigentliche Highlight wartete noch auf uns und zwar der Eiffelturm! Aber nicht bei Tag sondern am Abend. Um 8 Uhr bestiegen wir den Turm, bei immer noch strömenden Regen und schauten auf die wunderschön erleuchtete Stadt herab. Fast jede Sehenswürdigkeit hob sich durch ihre Beleuchtung aus dem Stadt-Trubel herab. Zur vollen Stunde dann die blinkenden Lichter des Eiffelturms..Da macht das bisschen Regen auch nichts mehr!!!
    Edit: Da die Beleuchtung des Eiffelturms bei Nacht als Kunstwerk urheberrechtlich geschützt ist, mussten wir das Bild leider rausnehmen.
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  • Day23

    The Eiffel Tower

    April 17, 2017 in France

    The Eiffel Tower has to be the most iconic thing to visit in Paris and one of the things I prebooked to make sure I got a timed entry rather than waiting in queues. When I got there I was grateful for this forethought a couple of months ago as the lines to enter normally stretched and snaked for what seemed like miles.Timed entry even had a special security line and that was a first!

    The ride up in the elevators was fascinating, particularly when you consider the shear number of people and times they make the trip up and down. The free app you can download for audio had the actual numbers and made the visit much more ubeteresting. We stopped at the 2nd floor area and switched to the elevators that take you to the very top. The view from there was truly amazing and there was no time pressure so you could work your way around all the sides admiring the view.

    I then got the elevators back down to the 2nd floor area and took some more shots of the view. Actually almost better for photos as the top level is so high. Again there is no pressure to rush so I relaxed and did a little people watching as well. I must say I do not mind waiting for people to take photos but the length of time it takes for some is ridiculous. Not a quick shot but a performance while each shot is checked and either rejected or another pose chosen.

    I stopped briefly at the 1st floor to admire the restaurants and step on the glass floor there. It was then a short walk down the stairs to complete the visit (you could take the elevator).
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  • Day7

    Seine River Tour

    June 19 in France

    We pulled into Paris around 3 PM. My first view of the Eiffel Tower was from the highway as 14 came in from thre south. To get to our hotel, we had to take the Blvd. Peripherique and it was all normal until...

    You see, French road signs are a little different and take a little getting used to, but we had been on open highways in the country side and small village roads. However, nothing can prepare you for the rotary, or what the U.S. refers to as a roundabout. The rotary allows for an intersection without traffic lights and that is fine as long as there is three or four two lane roads emptying or exiting.
    When you roll into the rotary around the Arc de Triomphe, road signs do not matter. All that you need to enter is courage, internal fortitude, and to exit physically unharmed, basically you need luck. I say physically because you will not emerge without emotional scars of some sort.
    As you are probably aware, the first vehicle to enter the rotary has the right of way, but when their are twelve separate multiple lane roadways pouring into one large circle, the right of way disappears quickly.
    It is pure chaos. Somehow city buses push through the masses, while mopeds and motorcycles wind thier way through the ever changing maze like aunts. And the French are not afraid of using thier horns. I don't how accidents aren't regular occurrences here but I never saw a one and we passed by here many times since our entrance to the metro was right there. My last night there, I stood on a 1 ft wide median on the edge of the circle taking video.
    We were driving a large 9 person van to accommodate the 6 of us and our luggage and we dwarfed most other vehicles around us. French roads and parking lots in towns are not made for vehicles of this size, so as a result, the only parking garage where the van would fit was over a mile away from our hotel.

    The bags were unloaded and Bob took the van to park. Michelle would receive a call a little later that Bob needed my help because he could not find the garage, so I jumped in the van and we found that it was farther away than we anticipated.
    It was all a little frustrating, so instead of trying to figure out to navigate the metro to get back to the hotel, I hit up my Uber app and got us a ride. Thankfully the driver knew exactly where we were going, because we were not communicating well. Once we confirmed our destination, I exhausted my French speaking capabilities exchanging pleasantries with the driver. He must have thought I was fluent, because he started talking so fast and asking questions that neither Bob or I could pick out one word. Bob finally heard the word opera...so he says.
    We were back to the hotel safely but quickly emerged for dinner. We ate at the Sheraton because we were hungry for one and it was next to our metro stop.
    From there we went underground to catch the metro. We obviously looked like tourists trying to purchase our tickets. First, trying to figure out the kiosk, then trying to figure out which train to take, and then which of the many tunnels would take us to the desired train. By the time I had it all figured out, it was time to leave.
    The tunnels of the Charles de Gaulle station was the first place that the overwhelming smell of urine came upon us. I wish I could say that was the only time we experienced that, but alas, it was too frequent.
    We were on the 6 line soon enough and headed to the base of the Eiffel Tower.

    Actually, it was a bit of a hike to get to the base. The top was taller than I imagined. All I had to compare it to was the orange oil derrick at Six Flags.

    The area around the base was a disappointment. There were tall corrugated steel walls around the entire perimeter that were not aesthetic to say the least. I am not sure if this had anything to do with the construction on the road by the tower, but I don't think so.
    There were probably more than 50 vendors selling Eiffel junk from the time we got off the metro to the time we got to the tower. The vendors were all immigrants from an African country and did not appear to speak French or English very well. They set up their wares on mats on the ground one after another and they all sold the exact same junk.
    There was a security checkpoint with metal detectors that are unfortunately necessary these days. Due the hour and the long line, we opted not to go through at that time and instead walk over to the Seine river and catch a river tour.

    The tour took us by many interesting sights, some of which we would see up close the next day. By the time the tour was over, it was getting dark and the city of lights awoke.

    It was back through the sea of vendors to the metro and the hotel. We arrived back about 11 PM, tired as usual. The time really sneaks up on you because it doesn't get dark till 10.
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  • Day14

    Paris

    August 5, 2017 in France

    Headed to Paris as the finale for Laura's leg of the trip. We got in too early to check in, so we dropped our bags at the hotel and started walking. We were only a few blocks from the iron lady, so we headed straight there to take it in. It was fun to watch all the other tourists jump around and do other silly things while posing for pictures. We kept ours pretty simple.

    We had a quick lunch, and headed on over to the arc de triumphe. Took us a while to figure out that you need to go underground to actually get to it. We watched the chaos of the heavy traffic of cars and busses going around roundabout, and then hopped on a hop on / hop off bus to see the other landmarks.

    We rode for a good ~90 minutes, before hopping off at the Louvre. Our sunscreen was still in the bags at the hotel, and we were starting to turn a little pink sitting in the sun, and the music selection on the bus was more than a little repetitive.

    Once we finished admiring the glass pyramids, we walked to Notre Dame, and then back to the hotel along the river, stopping for another crepe (cinnamon).

    We had champagne and dinner at a French restaurant near the hotel, which seemed like the perfect way to end the trip.
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  • Day23

    Paris. It's over here.

    May 11, 2017 in France

    Buildings. River up the middle. Heaps of old stuff. Yep we are in a city again. Left bank espresso was loved; constant police sirens not so much. I think it'll better on the inside. Well see over next few days.
    Stayed in a campsite on the southwest edge of town. Ten minute walk to the train, twenty minute ride into town. Rode the bus across the city from the Tower to the Bastille then walked back to Notre Dame. St Chapelle was amazing. Rode a riverboat up and down the Seine to catch the local charm.Read more

  • Day24

    Attractions I wasn't going to visit

    September 16, 2016 in France

    A wet and dreary morning to start. The Eiffel tower was first up on the agenda.
    Getting there was relatively simple - metro then bus. I like the metro and with the City Mapper app I haven't done too badly so far (except for yesterday's debacle).

    I was actually surprised that I wanted to go up the tower at all. In Australia I thought I'd probably be happy to see it from the ground but I really wanted to go up. Partly I think because it is iconic Paris and partly because it is such a magnificent structure.

    I had heard a lot about crowds and long line waits. I moved through the first line quickly, that was just the first security line. I had to ditch my water bottle.

    Once through security there were four ticket offices, one for each "leg" of the tower. I happened to chose the west leg and quickly bought a ticket and got into the first lift. It took us to the second floor where I then got into another lift to go to the top. The trip up was a bit disconcerting as we could see out. Not as bad as the ski jump in Innsbruck though.

    The weather cleared by the time I got to the top. It was crowded but not too crowded. The views were fantastic. I joined the selfie takers. I don't take many selfies but this was a special occasion.

    From the top (which is open) I walked down to the next level which was enclosed. That had a lot of information with important facts such as Buffalo Bill visited the tower.

    The structure really is magnificent.

    From there I went on a cruise of the river Seine. Somebody (Sarah W?) told me not to bother and I should have heeded her advice. The commentary wasn't great and the views were better from the bus. The house boats were lovely to look at though.

    At the Eiffel tower I had heard a woman telling some tourists about the Louvre Carousel, an underground shopping centre next door to the Lourve. I went and had a look but it was all a bit upmarket for me.

    I returned to the Louvre in the evening. It is open until 10pm on Fridays. I thought I'd start with the Mona Lisa then just wander. I actually started with Louis XIV because I can't read a map. With the help of an app I found my way to the Mona Lisa. The crowd wasn't too bad and I was pleasantly surprisef by the painting. I was expecting it to be much smaller and with the help of the commentary I was able to appreciate some of the genius behind it.

    I wandered around the Italian paintings then found the way up to the French paintings. French landscapes of the second half of the 19th century seems to be my favoured style.

    I was a bit wary coming back on the metro at night but there was plenty of people about as let's face it, 10pm on a Friday night in Paris isn't that late.

    Photos:
    Eiffel tower
    View from tower
    From under the tower
    Houseboat
    Mona Lisa
    Painting by Alfred Sisley - the style I like
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  • Day8

    333 miles later

    June 8 in France

    Met a couple korean girls at the hostel who were leaving soon to go see the Eiffel tower, which apparently does a mini light show at 1am. Well, I wanted to go to bed because I am the World's Worst Tourist, but I'm glad that I didn't

  • Day5

    Eiffel Tower

    April 18, 2016 in France

    Another day, another croissant, and another walking marathon. Thank heavens for the sun, however temporary it is. We got off at a metro station a couple of kilometres away. We were heading in the direction of the Eiffel Tower when we saw a crowd outside a shop. The Asian in Flora was awoken. Crowd = bargains = win. We got into the line not knowing what it was about. It turns out it was for a very popular boulangerie (bakery). WIN!

    In a mix of broken French and brilliant hand gestures, we left the shop with 2 baguettes. We'd like to think of it as a Kinder Surprise - who knows what you've just ordered. We set off to find some sun to devour our prizes. We found a spot along the Seine river, just outside of the Louvre. What a beautiful, beautiful day.

    Fueled by food, Flora found her second wind and charged along to the Tower. Walking is not her favourite pastime. Why walk when you can run? We got there some time later. Great - Flora is hungry and tired again. We rest in the sunshine and contemplated climbing the Eiffel Tower by stairs. Stairs to the second platform it is. Just think of how many croissants we were burning off!

    The panoramic view of Paris from the tower is pretty amazing. We probably preferred the view from the second platform (approximately 1/4 of the way up) rather than the very top as it wasn't obstructed by a cage. You can get to the second platform by stairs, but a lift will be required to get right up to the top for an extra fee. It was worth the experience.

    We fail at being tourists. Every other person has a selfie stick which they wield expertly with one hand. We had a camera, mobile phones and short arms which unfortunately cannot give the same bird's-eye-view effect. Excuse us if the Eiffel Tower looks really small in our photos. Our heads are just very big.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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