Our final stop was Paris, the grandest finale possible to a great trip. We stayed in a hotel for the last leg of the journey. It is situated very close to the Arc De Triomphe built by Napoleon Bonaparte in his rule as dictator over France after the Revolution.
The day after we arrived we walked to the Musée d’Orsay where one can find great works of art by world famous painters like Vincent van Gogh and Monet. The most impressive painting I saw was “Starry Night”, however the most interesting and original thing I saw was a model of the Paris Opera House. Did you know that the visible stage accounts for only a third of the actual height of the total stage structure!
After the museum we went on a walking tour of Paris called “Paris under the Nazi Occupation”. An interesting thing I learned was that even the non-rebels would do small acts of defiance like stand up when on a train as it pulled in and out of the George V metro station to show respect to England and the Allies.
The next day we went on two different hop-on hop-off bus tours which gave us great views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe (pictures below). After the tour we went into the Jewish district of Paris which has the largest Jewish population of any other major city in Europe. So we had to get a falafel to share; they were so good we had to go back and get one each!
For the final day in France we did a market tour in the morning which explained the day of a stall owner. They get up between 2-4 AM to purchase their fresh produce because it is usually all sold out by 6:00 AM. After that they set up their stalls for customers who start coming as early as 7AM. We also went to the best chocolatier and the best fromagerie, needless to say they were both fantastic.
After the tour we walked back to our hotel, picking up a picnic dinner from Marks & Spencer’s for while we pack. I have had the trip of a lifetime, seeing world famous buildings and eating at world famous restaurants. I thank my parents so much for this great opportunity. Thank you for supporting my blog, see you on my next trip!
The Eiffel Tower
Yummy ice cream!
A purse made completely made out of chocolate.
A beautiful sunset
My dad holding the Eiffel Tower
Starry night by Vincent van Goh
Good bye France!
We have been on the road for one month now so I wanted to write a blog about things I have seen while driving. The first thing anyone would notice when driving on French highways is the massive amounts of car parts swept under the barriers. There are things like broken glass, car bumpers, headlights and scrap metal all stuffed under the barriers. Thankfully it was just in Paris and not everywhere.
When you use the highway you will definitely use a toll booth. We go through one approximately every hour we drive, and each time you will be charged at least 2€. They are very nice roads in impeccable condition, so it is worth it.
While we drive we see plenty of impressive scenery; things like groves of olive trees, rows of grape vines and fields of wheat. It is amazing how much farmland the French have; when we were at one of the B&B’s, it was all we could see in all directions.
Before we left we had put a number of interesting audio books onto Mommy’s iPad so in the car we listened to them. The main issue with the audio books is that Daddy gets very sleepy so we have to stop every hour to nap! The problem, in part, was because Daddy’s allergy medicine was not non-drowsy.
Cars have the right of way in the city so they will whizz through intersections, it was crazy. The license plates are all different colours because they are from different regions of France and Europe. There are different speed limit depending on the weather. When it is dry the limit is 130 km/h but when wet it is 110 km/h, it is very clever. Before each village there are signs beautifully decorated with designs of attractions that city is known for.
Perhaps the most convenient thing I saw were these small orange boxes, we found out that they are emergency telephones, very considerate. The phones are spaced 1.5 km apart and there is a maximum response time of 30 minutes! It has been a fascinating driving experience and I’m sure I will see more differences! See you soon…
One of the City signs.
One of the S.O.S. telephones
Sign says how long the tunnel will be.
Driving through a tunnel!