Saturday June 30, 2007

Bonjour, mon amis! Fancy a day in France?

06-Paris Eiffel TowerA bunch of very sleepy adventurers got woken early this morning, ate a quick breakfast in the ship’s ‘Raffles’ restaurant, then walked the gangplank and climbed onto a big luxury coach for a two-and-a-half hour drive from the French port le Havre to Paris.

You can’t just ‘visit’ this romantic city – it demands to be seen, heard, touched, tasted and smelt. And, while we didn’t have time today to do it all, we sure gave it our best shot.

06-Paris Notre DameThe Arc de Triomphe (symbol of French pride) … Champs Elysees (Paris’ grand boulevard, with elegant stores, restaurants and theatres) … the Eiffel Tower (dominating the city skyline) … the Louvre (for artists and their art) … and the Seine (with its historic attractions, stroll-able banks and countless bridges) – we saw them in all their glory!

06-Paris River SeineAnd just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did: we got treated to a very classy lunch of local French specialties while sailing on a mouche-style riverboat.

TOMORROW: Magical, old, scarred, soothing, picturesque Amsterdam (Holland). Don’t miss it …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN