It is now about 11:30pm as I site down to write this. (Just heard Sydney defeated Adelaide – by 3 points I think). We arrived back at the Hotel just after 10:00pm having started today’s adventure around 9:00am (after breakfast).
It rained during the day; then the sun came out; then the wind blew and then it rained again – much like Melbourne at times; 3 or 4 seasons in one day!
We decided to do the hop on/hop off bus trip. This tour divided the City into 2 sections The main sites was one tour and the Montmartre area was the other; we also decided a cruise along the Seine would be a good idea too.
So we started off on the main tour in the rain which meant photos were a bit of an issue. This tour took around 2.5 hours and was really interesting – it highlighted many of the significant sites (Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Eifel Tower etc) and helped to orientate us. When we finished this tour we decided to have an early lunch. When we finished the rain became worse so we decided to check out the Galleries Lafayette (which were close by) the main store was stunning – there are some photos in the slideshow at the end of this post. They also had a lookout at the top of the building which was great to see.
After the rain stopped we decided to do the second tour (about 1.5 hours). This tour included the Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur.
We then decided to do part of the main tour again (as far as the Eifel Tower) and take the river cruise which was a 1 hour trip along the Seine returning to the Tower. Taking the trip to the Eifel Tower again allowed me to get the photos that I had missed getting earlier due to rain. The sun came out for part of both trips which was great.
After that we walked back to the Hotel from the Eifel Tower and stopped for dinner along the way before taking a further walk to capture some photos of the city at night.
I think that is enough for now. I will leave you with some photos of today’s exploits.
The Galleries Lafayette are the domed roof and internal layout; Norm and I in the only very small lift in the Hotel and the last photo is of people dancing on the entrance of the French Opera House.