After the long and entertaining flight with crying babies and random meals we managed to get our shuttle bus organised and into our accommodation. The Busabout hoponhopoff bus leaves from St Christopher’s hostel so this is where we chose to stay. We have our own ‘ penthouse room’ which looks over the river and being in the 19th district means we have many a sight out of the window and 24/7 music and partying. We crashed at 6pm the first night and managed to stay up until 8.30pm the second!
Our first real day was spent getting sunburn, blisters feet and the usual jet lag but we had a fantastic day getting lost and found and discovering the Paris treasures. So far we’ve eaten hot dogs and chips which is a bit Western so hopefully we can find some French food soon!
Wifi is pretty flakey at the hostel and we are having problems with our phone sim cards so my apologies if we haven’t replied to messages.
On our second day we went to the Louvre and walked endlessly around the magnificent art and then to buy Sophie an exotic scarf from the cheapo shop because her hat flew off the bus and she was getting sunburned. Now she looks either Arabic or like an exotic French woman who ought to be sitting in an expensive convertible.
On the way home the bus didn’t stop where expected so we took a long long walk and got lost (again) but finally arrived at our supermarket where we created chaos and ran out of there laughing. I’m glad the French are so tolerant or we would surely be sent home.
On the third day we took the metro system and eventually found the train to Versailles and our tour group. The group were a wonderful mix of Aussies, Americans and Canadians who we spent the day with buying lunch at the market and eating it in the palace gardens. It was lovely to be entertained by the fountains which only happens for 2 hours a week.
I’ve decided to redesign the house and garden based on Versailles. Anyone know where I can get 1000 litres of gold paint?
Apart from the punnet of squashed strawberries in the backpack and a bit more sunburn and blistered feet we had a surprisingly chaos free day! We had to get 4 trains to get to our accommodation so that was pretty remarkable.
I seem to have come down with a nasty head cold, the first in 5 years, but hopefully I’ll shake it off soon. Lucky I’ve got the contents of a pharmaceutical shop in my backpack!
Off to Bruges, Belgium in the morning so it’s time to do some much needed washing and repacking of the bags.
Here’s a pic of the leaning tower of Eiffel! Thanks to a random French woman who needs photography lessons;)