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Day 15, 16 & 17 – 3 nights in Paris (not Hilton)

Up and out of Chinon early, with Monets Garden in mind on the way to Paris. One of the few things Roz had insisted on including on the trip.

Yeah, no. It’s November, and apparently gardens suck in November, and we don’t get to decide for ourselves. It closes from November 1 to March 22. With a promise of taking Roz to the Musee d’Orsay to see the Impressionist exhibition as a consolation, we decided to break our trip at Chateau Chenonceau instead.

We decided on this Chateau, because it is the only one built over water, because apparently building a Chateau on land is not a big enough challenge.

A kilometre long boulevard led to this truly impressive building. Beautifully preserved and presented it was well worth the stop (even if the weather was not ideal).

Truly impressed each other by navigating into Orly airport without 1. Dying in a hideous car crash or 2. Getting lost beyond redemption.

Over the next 2 days we

1. Stole an American couples Paris Greeters walking tour as as a result got 4 hours and 10 kms of Paris alleyways and history.

2. Went to the Musee d’Orsay (for promised visit). Yeah, no. Impressionist gallery closed for renovation. Roz pissed.

3. Did however see Van Gogh and Renoir. Not a bad consolation prize.

4. Saw the bottom half of the Eiffel Tower (did I mention the crap weather). Wouldn’t have been so bad if we hadn’t have walked for and hour and a half to get there.

5. Freaked Roz out at the Cemetery.

6. Convinced her that a tour of the Catacombs probably not the best idea.

7. Visited Sainte Chapelle. A thanks to Sue. Amazing.

8. Walked, and walked, and walked along the Seine. 55000 steps in 2 days.

9. Found a great little cocktail bar.

10. Remain completely unconvinced about this “amazing French food” thing. We have better restaurants at home for the same money or less.

11. Apart from a complete prat at our hotels reception desk (whom we have now won over with our Aussie charm), also unconvinced about this “rude Parisian” rumour. We have nothing but great service.

12. Notre Dame is smaller than I thought but really pretty, and the Louvre is insanely huge (no seriously, insanely huge).

13. Glad I didn’t drive, so glad, so glad…

We are driving out amid protests of thousands and thousands of people. (They must really like us).

Cheers Paris.

Post script- the protests are actually about fuel prices in France, and we would have to agree!

For tax purposes, we tried Brittany cider- apple fruit upfront, but dry, and bready and crisp. Yum.

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