Saturday, June 19, 2010

Paris


So where we last left off was on the ferry going over the English Channel, when we arrived in France it felt like any other place until we got on the road, after driving about an hour we stopped off at a mini-shopping complex thing that had a fuel station and like a supermarket and the french fast food chain which is called Quick (i think)..anyway we were all so nervous because our tour guide had told us the french are rude to you if you dont even try to speak a bit of french to them and just assume they speak english, so she taught us the basics, French lesson 101----->> Bonjour= Hello, Auvior= Goodbye, Wee= Yes, Merci= Thank-you. Ok so we walk into Quick and want to order some lunch, I walk up the the register and of course the whole menu is in french, so i have to go by what the pictures look like and i try and read/point to what i want and the register girl catches on and she knows what im after, and after the difficulty of establishing i wanted coke as the drink she brought the drink over and put it on the tray waiting for the rest of my food, me being thirsty of course went to pick up the drink coz id already paid for my food and as luck would happen the darling register girl hadnt put the lid on properly so the coke spilt all over the counter all over my bag and on the floor because when i picked it up the lid came off and i dropped it. After tryiny to apologise the girl ushered me on after getting me another coke and there i was thinking, no wonder the french hate tourists, although it was only partly my fault i knew the first impressions had already been done and dusted..

So after our stop we continued on in the bus to Paris, now when we actually arrived in Paris the traffic was so horrendous in actually took us like an hour just to get to the hotel, and oh boy were we dissapointed, the room was so small!! and there idea of a double bed is pushing two single beds together. So once we put our luggage in the room we had no room to walk around at all and our room smelt like smoke so we spent minimal time in their needless to say. On the first night when we arrived our tour guide took us on a city tour around Paris in the bus. She was babbling about different things we were passing and all of a sudden everyone gets all excited because we caught our first glimpse of the eiffel tower, and oh gosh its beautiful at night, every hour on the hour it sparkles for 1 minute and it had caught our eye on the sparkling minute, ill never forget it. They took us around to get photos but its really hard to get a good picture of it at night. During the city tour we also stopped at a resturant and got a free sample of a french delecacy....snails.. all i have to say is they tasted like chewy garlic.. needless to day i dont think id ever eat them again.

The next day our contiki tour group all got together in front of the eiffel tower for a group picture and then we had the day to ourselves, the first thing we did was to go up the eiffel tower, we went up to level two and that was sooo high up and soo windy i was scared to go near the edges but i still got some good photos. After the eiffel tower we decided to go for a walk and find somewhere to eat lunch and oh boy did we find somewhere. The cafe where we had lunch was very lovely until we got the bill, for 3 glasses of coke it cost 22 Euro!! Needless to say after that we always asked how much drinks cost before buying them. After lunch we went and saw the arc de triumph which was cool then went down the very upmarket major shopping street in paris. That night we got to go and see the Moulin Rouge which was definantly something i wont forget, we got a 3 course meal then saw the show and there were a lot of boobs and bums!! After the show our group went into a close by pub for some drinks, we all got extremely drunk and stumbled our way out of a taxi at our hotel at about 4am.

Well the next day Drama King was sooo hungover so he didnt leave the hotel the whole day, but i went to see the lourve in the morning and it is sooo massive!! I got lost in the ancient egypt wing so most of my photos are from there, but i did manage to find the paintings so i could see the mona lisa. To be honest i was a little dissapointed, its the smallest painting, behind a thick layer of glass and theres a rope around it so you cant get closer then 2 metres to it. So I didnt really get a good photo of it, its the sorta thing that you see and thats it, youve seen it. The lourve was pretty boring for the fact that i was on my own and everything was written in french. I bought an english guide book with the major pieces in it and there were better pictures in the book then i was taking so im glad i bought it. In the afternoon we got to go to the palace of versaille, which before i went to paris id never heard of but it was definantly a highlight of Paris for me. Its the palace which louis 14th and marie antoinette lived and we got to go inside and have a local guide take us through it. It was seriously amazing, if ever in paris definantly go there!!

The next day we went to see notre damn which was absolutly amazing aswell, all the stained glass windows were beautiful and im not religious but i still loved it, we also got to see the venus bridge which the locals know as the bridge of love, it was very pretty. Something about Paris is that there is a lot of gold around the place. Everywhere you look theres something gold and the love bridge was no exception. Also something else about Paris is there are alot of scams going on and people that are trying to pick pocket you. So you cant just sit back and enjoy yourself, you have to always be thinking safe. But Paris is the most visited tourist destination in the whole world so what else could you expect? It just really opened our eyes to how unsafe places like that are, in broad daylight i did not feel safe walking down the street alone. That night we boarded the overnight train to go to our next destination...ROME!!!!!

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