Paris is, well, Paris and I cannot add anything much of value to the screeds and screeds already written about this wonderful city. So here are just a few of my observations and a couple of, perhaps, helpful tips.
|Elegance everywhere you look|
|Crowds waiting to go up the Eiffel Tower|
As it was August, and the height of the tourist season, all major attractions had lengthy queues. We did not even attempt to go up the Eiffel Tower, or into Notre Dame, as we were not prepared to waste precious hours standing in queues. I had been to Paris on a couple of other occasions and had done these things before but it was a shame for Mary for whom this was a first visit. She was philosophical, though, "Great excuse to come back to Paris" she said. Instead we took the hop on - hop off bus which is fantastic value and visits all the main attractions of this most beautiful and elegant of cities. We enjoyed this trip so much we did the complete circuit twice, sitting in comfort in the glorious sunshine on the open top deck.
Unfortunately I had built the manic traffic around the Arc de Triomphe up a little too much, I think. Well it had been manic last time I was there but on this particular day it was quiet and restrained, much to Mary's disappointment.
Tip 1: Go to Paris late September or early October when the weather is still good but the crowds have diminished.
Tip 2: Buy a ticket to the Louvre the day before your visit, as we did, to ensure quick entry the next day.
|Art Noveau bistro - so Parisienne|
Other delights of Paris we enjoyed were a visit to Hediard, the stunning delicatessen in la Madelaine district, an afternoon of lustful " not shopping" in Galleries Lafayette, window shopping in some of the side streets away from the main tourist traps and long, lazy, bistro meals people watching.
All too soon our brief sojourn in Paris came to an end but we had so much more to look forward to and so it was that with great anticipation we headed to the railway station to catch the train to Tours, in the Loire district.
|Here's to a great holiday!|