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Published: August 12th 2014
Diagram showing a snapshot of the evolution of the Notre Dame
Up bright and early to get into the Notre Dame before the madding crowds - 2 blocks down the road. Massive and impressive church - 8 centuries old. No sign of the noted Hunchback of Notre Dame! Quite an interesting story on the evolution of the church over the centuries which was told in pictures and words on many billboards in several different languages. Saw the statue of Jean De Arc, visited the Treasury with all it's treasures - many diamond encrusted. Had to tell John to keep his voice down.... a church after all. It's a very impressive landmark as you know - and we're glad we saw the inside of it. With it being so close to where we're staying we see it often with huge crowds.
From there we caught a Hop On Hop Off bus and did a 2.5 hour tourist trip around Paris on one of the many routes here but saw the main monuments on our trains. Paris is steeped in so much history and Australia is such a baby in comparison! We loved our tour and saw many things - especially the Champs Elysees - wow! Afterwards we wandered along
Early morning photo of the Notre Dame
some back streets and found a great ice cream parlour - so we chose the ones we wanted and wandered back home for a nanny nap - after all - Moulin Rouge beckoned.
We were picked up by a driver and again another two people joined us - two ladies from Texas. The driver dropped us off right at the door, made sure we had everything and told us he would pick us up at 11pm. Wow, wow, wow - the show was absolutely incredible!!!! Hard to describe how fantastic it was. It was all done extremely well and tastefully. There were some songs and dances where the girls were topless but had beads around their exposed boobs - it didn't look out of place at all. Dinner was served before hand - along with the champagne of course. We sat with a Japanese couple and people from Adelaide - who live about 2 blocks away from our place in West Lakes - how incredible was that?!!! After the long day and champagne, laughing and chatting and being mesmerised by the show, I struggled to stay awake and found myself dropping off a few times, momentarily. No one noticed
Can see the crowd in the background - mainly noisy Australians...
- well I hope not. There was one section of the show where a glass wall pool had popped up in the middle of the floor. The girl swam in it with 8 - 10 foot water pythons - four of them! We were placed right at the front and this was on one side of us, one of the pythons managed to get almost out of the pool onto our table!!!!!! Someone rushed out to put it back in the pond. A ventriloquist was amazing and even had a dog that looked like it was talking - incredible. Anyway he called 4 people up to the stage and one was an Australian and it became very obvious that most of the crowd were Australians. There were several different acts - all incredible. Pity we couldn't take any pictures though.
Another long day and crashed when we got home - but if you ever get to Paris, Moulin Rouge is a must.
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