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Paris Day 1

Day 1. A two hour trip to Gare Montparsse in Paris on the SCNF fast train. Fast they may well be (320 kms per hour) but well-designed they are not. Pathetic allowance for baggage and overhead storage compartments that no average backpack could be accommodated in. Even the regional train in northern France was better equipped! The net result is that in a quarter-full carriage there were bags all over the place as everyone fought for storage space. Why they could not copy the Italian TGV trains I don't know, I would hate to see the chaos in a full train! We arrived at a very busy Paris station and caught a taxi to our accommodation in Rue Pont Neuf which is close to the Louvre. The hotel has been modernised and is very nice and has the fanciest toilet (see photo) we have ever seen - yes a heated seat is just the start! We unpacked and headed out to scout the city out. There was a tourism office just around the corner so we purchased 24 hour hop-on-hop-off bus tickets. We hopped on and went for about a third of the tour and got off at Champs Elysee close to the Arc de Triomphe. We had a bite to eat then headed up the the Arc and paid to walk the 284 steps to the top for some spectacular views. We caught the bus back but unfortunately both Julie & Pat were feeling a bit off colour and so the rest of the tour was a bit of a non-event for them and we will need to do it again. There are just so many iconic buildings and landmarks it hard to take in. We will see what tomorrow brings but our wish list includes a trip to Versailles, a Seine River cruise, going to the Louvre, going up to the top of the Eiffel Tour and doing a Paris by Night tour. We have three days and hopefully we are all up to it!

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 14:11

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