Bonjor From Pari!!!
Jun 19, 2006
|Well hello from Paris!!!!
Mum, dad and I have popped over to France for a few days, crossing the English Channel via the Eurostar train, a great trip (in England one minute and France the next...that simple - technology hey!)
Our French crusade started off in a somewhat apprenhensive manner due to our lack of knowledge and articulation in French. Our vocab, comprising of three words...bonjour, wee and mercy (terrible...I know), saw us struggle but get by (people felt sorry for us). Like in South America you soon learn to pick things up quickly...you just have to. My dad would say the right words but in his Aussie acsent no one would understand anyway!
Paris itself is a very historic and elequent city, with its detailed architecture there is a certain flare and overall impressive quality about the city. This contrasts dramatically with the busy traffic whizzing past in all directions (we have nearly been ran over a number of times - and not always due to the fact that we look the wrong way). The Seine River flows through the city (much cleaner than the Thames) yet not surrounded by pubs or cafes...which is all we wanted to find one day!
The Louvre was very impressive, we spent four hours exploring through the many passageways yet we were rushing to see as much as we could, Kane you would not have survived!!! The search for the original Mona Lisa wasn't too hard as we just mingled in with the crowds of people and were easily lead to Davinci's masterpiece. Covered in glass, a lot bigger than I had imagined (though everyone thinks she's small)and very beautiful we managed to take a few snaps before the guide moved us on. Other magnificent artworks included the statue of Venus (Aphrodite), The Raft of the Medusa and we even got a chance to see some of Michelango's statues. Now days a trip to the Louvre isn't complete without trying to find the 'chalice' where Mary Magdaline is supposedly buried (Thanks to the Davinci Code - they even have Davinci Code tours that you can do!), I found the spot and would you believe this sacred site is surrounded by shops...
We visited the Arc de Triomphet and Notre Dam, dark and ieery inside but we climbed the 420 steps of the bell tower to reach the top, where Quizimodo rang his bell. The Eiffel Tower was next and what a spectacular site it is, as it overlooks all of Paris, we waited in line for 1 and a half hours to get to the very top and very worth the wait.
Our last night in Paris was the best as it was spent at the real MOULIN ROUGE...no Nicole Kidman the night we went though. Mum and dad had tickets already with their package deal yet I booked at the last minute, very expensive, but a great seat, I sat with an Aussie couple and had a whole bottle of French champagne to myself!!! The French waiter, whom had visited Australia and Port Macquarie before looked after all three of us and kept giving us more...an awesome night but not real good afterwards! Anyway the show was great yet I really didn't know what I was in for. Throughout the whole show all the girls were topless, so we had a close up view of 60 pairs of boobs and bums all at once - the aussie guy next to me was loving it! I found it quite hard to concentrate on the choreography as I normally do and unfortunately can't us many of the steps in my school productions!!! In one scene the stage extracted and a tank full of water and snakes emerged from underneath. One of the girls jumped in (in just a G, not real safe I didn't think) and started wrapping the snakes all round her - it really was a 'What the' moment!
So overall our few days in Paris were great and action packed...we are now heading back to London to pick up a hire car and start our road trip around the UK.
Cheers till then!
Em, Liz and Keith.