Sunday, 10 May 2009

Bonjour Mes Aimees

Don't panic I'm not about to start speaking French, anyhow from what i remember of my school taught French i would be hard pressed to utter a complete sentence let alone write it down!, how embarrassing is it when us in the UK visit France and have to resort to asking people on the street if they speak English? very i can tell you! and the reason i know this is i have just come back from a visit to Paris!
It was Joanne's 21st birthday in December so this was her belated present from us, Mark stayed at home with Stevie, so it was Joanne, Jenny & me who hit Paris on May 1st.
We did all the usually touristy things, first on the list was the Eiffel Tower, Joanne was a bit disappointed because it was a brownish colour and not the silver colour she was expecting! The ques to go up were stupid so we didn't bother, just had a walk around and took quite a lot of photos.

This is what Joanne meant by the colour, i don't think it looked too bad, if you look close though you can see green netting, there was work of some sort going on, maybe that's why the ques were so long.

We walked up the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, i didn't realise that you could actually go to the top until we got there, you have to climb a billion steps though. OK slight exaggeration but by the time i reached the top it felt like it! Well worth it though for the view of Paris.

The Sacre Coeur was well worth a visit, the church is the second highest point after the Eiffel Tower and yet again there were more steps to climb to get to the church, my legs and bum have not had this good a work out since i stopped going to the gym!

You can also climb to the top of the dome, 300 steps!! and yes i did do that too! Again, great views and worth the pain!
We had to que to get inside Notre Dame and i must say that i was not blown away by the inside. It seems that you can climb to the top of all the buildings in Paris and this one's no different, however i didn't feel inclined to join the que this time so can't tell you what there was to see. there were several beggars around this area too; 2 women on either door of the church, one approached us while we were queuing, others were around the bridges.

The famous Moulin Rouge, it would have been nice to see a show but at €150 a ticket we gave it a miss! Something else that i didn't realise was that all along this strip there were lots of adult shops, if you know what i mean ;-) But not in a tacky way, they were just there.

And just to put a face to a name this is moi outside the Louvre.

This is Joanne picking said pyramid up. There were these little stands all around and we could only think that they had been placed there for people like us to pose for silly photos like this!

And Jenny doing this!

Back to a full week at work tomorrow, only did two days last week so that will be shock to the system, plus i will have to get the bus a couple of days while my car is in the garage, it failed the MOT and has to have some work done, nothing major but i hate the inconvenience of not having a car to jump in. I have a dental appointment on Wednesday too, the dentist was able to save the tooth i broke and is fitting a crown which i am expecting to be diamond encrusted going by what I'm having to pay for it! Hope you all have a good week whatever you may be up to, thanks for stopping by, Tara-a-bit


Tammy said...

Looks like you have been having a wonderful time! WOW-great pics!

Loraine said...

What fabulous fun! I'm so jealous. I would love to travel there one day. Thanks for the tour. It was fun to see your pictures.

Kim B said...

Beautiful pictures!

doris said...

Oh, I love those silly photos. That's what I'd spend my time doing. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

Mylene said...

Sounds like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures.

Dawn said...

Maggie, thank you for sharing the pics of your trip with us. It certainly looks like you had a great time.I loved your wacky pics outside the Louvre.
Hope you get your car back soon.I hate being without mine.


Anonymous said...

What great pictures, you all look like you're having a great time. Good luck at the dentist!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

What a GREAT trip and Great pictures!!!! You all look like you had a great time!!!

Cindy F. said...

Beautiful pics!! Thank you for sharing:) One day, we hope to travel there too. Looks like you guys had a great time:)

Von said...

Thanks for letting me tag along on your Paris trip, Maggie! It'll have to do until I get there myself one day. :D

CJ said...

Loved the pictures of Paris. Sounds like you all had a blast.


Ginnie said...

Looks like you had a suoer time. I am still waiting for my planned trip to Paris..... we booked 3 years ago and my other half could't find his passport... so we had to cancel (still haven't forgiven him for that!) One day I'll go, I hope!!

Maureen said...

Great pictures - glad you enjoyed Paris - have been there on a couple of day trips and managed to get half way up the Eiffel Tower before i realised i really didn't like heights - it's all a bit too open and windy lol!

Christine said...

Hi !
I like all your pictures of Paris.
About the special colour of the Eiffel Tower : it's a trademark colour. no one can use this grey-green Tour Eiffel.
There is always a long que and i remember that on may 1st there was also a strike (as often !!).
For the Louvre,
next time, if you want to avoid the que, cross the street to go to the gardens and there is an other entrance under the Arch with horses (with no que). You'll walk through the shops gallery and arrive under the pyramid.
Christine from Annecy (French Alps)

Siobhán said...

Wow, what a fabulous birthday gift!! :) It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Those Sacre Couer (can't spell) steps really freaked me out--I told my mother to go on ahead & I'd walk up them very gingerly--I am afraid of heights!! LOL

Karan said...

Fab photos - looks like you had an amazing time. Yup, those crowns ain't cheap.... almost had to take out a second mortgage for my two! No wonder my dentist can afford so many holidays!!! Hope the car is sorted quickly. :0)

CindyMae said...

What an absolutely fabulous trip!!! Thanks for sharing the pics, they are fantastic!

Meari said...

What a GREAT trip. How fun!

lenna said...

Great pictures! I love the ones of you all picking up the Louvre. It looks like you had a great time thanks for sharing them with us.

Roberta said...

Hi Maggie, what a fun trip and good for you climbing all those stairs!! Love the Louvre pictures with the girls.

catch you later -- Roberta

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