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Published: April 7th 2008
Day 18 Wednesday 10 October
Wake up 5:45am
Bags and Breaky 6:30am
Off to Paree! It’s quite flat again leaving Switzerland. We passed through a section of the Black forest. Little light comes through when you are walking through it. We crossed the border at Basel and entered France!!
Plain scenery for most of it and cloudy skies.
We stopped for a quick coffee and were on the road again.
Lunch was at another self service autogrill. Our entry into Paris wasn’t very spectacular, as we were staying in the Bercy area. We did catch our first glimpse of the tower in the distance. This was exciting.
The Sofitel was a gorgeous hotel. We had a great room and the beds had a feather underbed. Lovely. Didn’t take us long to spot that the Springboks were staying there. There were lots of Police guards around the place. We also saw John Eels amongst others.
After a quick bath, we went downstairs for a drink at the bar. I tried to order a raspberry champagne cocktail but ended up with a Rose Moet. VERY nice start to the trip. We drove through the Latin Quarter on
our way to dinner. A very nice area with great atmosphere. Notre Dame was amazing. This was a very exciting drive. Paris is beautiful. The feel of the city was invigorating. We had a lovely café right opposite the Notre dame. The food was delicious. I had a French Onion soup. It had big gobs of cheese in it. They kept bringing out bread. Rob got his escargos- yuk
Mains - we had the veal and it was so tender it just fell apart.
Dessert was profiteroles. These ones were filled with ice cream and to die for.
The waiters hardly spoke any English. I asked one for a wine and orange and he nearly had a fit. Kept asking if I wanted it in red or wine wine? Then gasped and said “That is like putting ice in champagne?” Yeah.. What’s wrong with that??
We had to take a later cruise on the seine, as some big groups had got there first. The cruise was nice, but not like some of the others we’d been on and nothing in comparison to the Danube.
The tower was lit up and we saw it sparkling (Happens at 9,10 and 11pm) unfortunately they have it decorated for the Footy world cup. The bottom half was green and the top yellow. There is a huge blow up football suspended above the first level.
It was freezing. The boat lacked the intimate feel we had become accustomed to.
It was freezing and quite late when we got back to the bus. We still drove over to the other bank to see the Concorde and drive up the Champs Elyse. Just stunning at night. I see why they say Paris is a “feminine city”We finally fell into bed at 11pm
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