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Paris and London

all seasons in one day 18 °C

I have done so much since I last updated this, I have see the Eiffel tower at night and all lit up OMG how beautiful was that, I have climbed to the top, well not exactly climbed caught the lift (2 lifts) one to the first level where I almost chickened out because I thought it might just betoo much with so many people up there etc. but I did it I went to the top and the views were just amazing, it was a fairly clear day and you could see for miles and miles and once you were there you kinda just went with the flow. I also went to the Arc de tromphe on Avenue Des Champs Elysees, the Avenue itself is a beautiful tree lined avenue and the Arc stands there so proud. I did climb to the top of this, literally some 300 odd steps but once again so worth it, my thighs were a little sore by the time I was on top and I saw the grave of the unknown soldier...it has an eternal flame burning and speaking of heights I went to level 57 of the Montparnasse Tower and this day we were amongst the clouds but still a great experience. While I was in Paris I had breakfast with a mother and daughter couple we used to swap stories about what we had done the day before...it was great to be able to do that and to speak to someone that understood what you were saying, the staff at the Hotel in Paris were good as well and had some interesting conversations with themabout life in Paris and the people and government of France ....their gst is 19.6%. to be eligible for and assistance at retirement they have to work a certain number of years and one of theguys I was talking to had been to university 3 or four years I think and so those years are added on to 65...an interesting concept.
I had a meal of snails and they were so scrumptious.....the hardest part was getting them out of the shell, because of my policy on not eating or drinking in the same place twice I was not able to go back there for a second lot but I would not hesitate in ordering snails.
The train trip from Paris to London was everything I hoped it would be, the staff on the train were so good and the meal and drinks were served on proper plates and in glasses and they brougt the main course around after you finished the first course I had a small bottle of white wine and a glass of Champagne. The layout of the train was a row of two seats and then a single row, I had a seat in the single row and there was a group of 4 sitting opposite me, they were from England and we talked about travelling and how this was the way to go. It was a 2 and 1/2 hour trip that went so fast and was so enjoyable, the scenery good...except when we went under the English Channel ofcourse.
London is a wonderful city and I feelquite comfortable here......I am lucky my hotel albeit a little old and pokey sized room it is the good part of town about 15 minute walk to London's West End and 15mins to Regents Park probaly about 30 to Pall Mall oh and by the way yu see all the Monopoly icons and I took a photo of a hotel on Park Lane....as did a 100 other people at the time and I have been to Euston Station, Leicester Square Kings Cross Station all familiar Monopoly names.
Buckingham Palace is very grand and I saw the Changing of the Queeen's guards,
however she is away at present, Westminister Abbey...what an amazing church, I did a tour of that, I didn't realised that so many were entombed there and dating back so far and it really makes you wonder how they managed to build these icons so many years ago with all the fine detail. Big Ben is another ...so beautiful.

Posted by Brians RTW 12:16 Archived in England Tagged round_the_world

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