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Day 21 Friday Paris πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

Culture Plus

sunny 30 °C

We were in the subways first thing this morning to get to the other side of town to get a Paris Pass. Then we walked up to the Louvre and joined the masses. We spent a few intimate moments with Mona and 200 others then on and on we went. There simply aren't words. We had lunch there and Ron had the most expensive cheese burger he has ever had! €20, But it was very good and satisfied a craving for Canadian food. After lunch again Dennis left us as he is still very under the weather. We carried on until we were ready to drop. The paintings, sculptures, ruins, antiquities, all overwhelming. Again it was hot outside and with all those bodies in the Louvre stifling in there as well. The Louvre itself was stunning, so much marble, so many stairs, so many exhibits, so many people. To say impressive would be a gross understatement. We had a Paris pass which entitled us to the "hop on hop off" buses. So we hopped on one to go back to our hotel as it was a half hour walk and it was 33* out in the shade! Well, apparently, while our Paris Pass did entitle us to ride those buses, we were supposed to read our 120 page booklet and go to a Red Bus office to pick up a pass. They had only given us 3 different passes in the morning when we purchased them but we needed a fourth! They had not explained this to us well at all and so we refused to get off the bus. We promised we would go back tomorrow and collect the appropriate pass. We didn't realize, due to not having all the info we needed that the bus took us to Timbuktu and back before taking us back to the Eiffel Tower where our Hotel is. So it took us 90 minutes on a steamy hot bus to take us somewhere we could have walked in 30 minutes. We obviously didn't do our homework on this one. Adventures befall us. We walked under the Eiffel on our way home, hit a cool shower, and flaked out from the day! Even with all the metro and tour bus rides we still walked 13 km today. I think we get a little dehydrated on these hot days as we don't drink enough never knowing where or when the next WC might be found. Kosh's went out for dinner. We did not feel like a hot meal, nor a busy, noisy restaurant so we bought sandwiches and juice at the grocer and brought it back to our room for a little peace. I will never, ever complain about the traffic or the noise in Victoria again!

Posted by GBallam 14:59 Archived in France

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