The city that blew my mind! And the gorgeous Beaujolais wine region
19.07.2010 - 22.07.2010 24 °C
July 19th - 22nd
Sorry it's been so long since I've written, it's been very busy and there hasn't been easily accessible internet. I've been having a great time. Here's some of the highlights.
I met up with my group and we headed off to Paris. It was a bit uncomfortable at first because no one really knew anyone, but other than that, it was okay. We drove to the ferry at the White Cliffs of Dover (very pretty) and took the ferry, bus and all across the English Chanel. I've made friends with two sisters from New Zealand, so the three of us ate breakfast together on the ferry. I quickly discovered that I am not only the only Canadian on my bus, but I am the only person who is not from N.Z. or Australia. Needless to say, it's been interesting sifting through their accents, mate!
We arrived in Paris where we stayed in cabins at a campground. We went for a drive after dinner where our tour manager pointed out all of the big sites: Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc du Triumphe, etc. etc. About half way through the tour we stopped for champagne and escargot. I LOVED the escargot, yum yum. We went back to the campground and hung out for a bit, then went to bed because we had a big day of exploring Paris ahead of us.
The next morning we were dropped off at the base of the Eiffel Tower. We proceeded to climb the stairs, rather than take the elevator. Looking back, this may have been silly because it was probably about 35 degrees at 9am and quite humid! The view was awesome though, and I'm really glad I climbed the steps because now I can eat more brie and bagettes!
Next I headed off to see the Arc du Triumphe from up close. Along the way I stopped for a bagette sandwich, yum! Surrounding the Arc is the busiest roundabout in the world, so it would have been a challenge to get across. We found stairs that took you underneath and went over that way. It was cool.
I headed down the Champs Elysees with my friends and then broke off from them to head to Musee D'Orsay. So far, this may have been the highlight for me - standing less than 30 cm from Monet's "Nympheas bleus". Thanks for all the trips to museums and instilling a love of art in me Gramps, made this experience all the more fascinating and exciting.
That evening we went to dinner, where I had escargot again and enjoyed some (or lots of) wine. After dinner we walked down beautiful coblestone streets to the Caberet show. This was totally unbelievable! There was delicious champagne - I indulged a bit there as well - and fabulous performances.
After Caberet we went to a bar. To say the least, yesturday morning was not much fun! We're now staying in the most beautfiul Beaujolais wine region. We went to a wine tasting last night - just what I needed - and I purchased some wine for my Daddy! - Love ya Old Guy!
After dinner we had a dress up party - Freaks and Geeks. Today we were supposed to go on a picnic, but it's rainy, so everyone is catching up on email, etc. Thus, I have to go because, as the Aussies and Kiwis say, there's quite a "que" behind me.