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29th September 2013
With Euro Disney tomorrow , this was our last chance to see everything we wanted to see in Paris. It was a big day lots of walking, in fact 7 hours of walking the streets of Paris from one end to the other.
The first thing to tick off the list was a visit to Angelina - the best hot chocolate in the world. I must say I have been looking forward to this for the entire trip. We have our usual breakfast at Windsor Opera, our hotel, and then we walk to the Bonne Nouvelle station. It is about a 5 minute walk and has been handy. We hop off at Concorde and take the steps up to the obelisk. A shot walk through Tuileries Jardin and we see Angelina. We also see the huge line out the front for dining in. After a bit of a wait in the queue we decide that it would taste the same if we got take away and ate in the park. Ethan & I selected a cake each, to share with David, and we each had a hot chocolate. It was divine. It was like drinking liquid silk, chocolate flavoured! The cakes we chose were also delicious, reminding me of Adriano Zumbo's cakes back home. Of course I had to buy some hot chocolate to take home!
Next on the list was a walk through the park and then down to the river. We went towards Pont Neuf and saw the mass of locks that have been clipped on by lovers around the world. I wanted to see Notre Dame. It was quite a long way but we stopped to look at the Book sellers along the river and take some photos.
After consulting the map a number of times, we finally stood in front of Notre Dame. It was great. I don't know if I've seen too many basilicas and cathedrals, but I wasn't gob smacked. It was brilliant architecture, but I wasn't moved to go inside. We walked around the island for while, picking up some souvenirs as we went. David bought a hat, and me some trinkets.
The catacombs was next on our list, a very long walk away but we decided to go for it. None of us were hungry after that huge chocolate fix earlier, so we kept moving. After about an hour of walking we reached the line for the catacombs. We were lined up for 5 minutes when a man told us that it would be closing in 25 minutes, and the line was 45 minutes long! Damn it, we missed seeing them. So we wandered back through the Marco Polo Jardin and the Jardin De Luxembourg which we had passed about a kilometre or two ago. We grabbed a take away bite to eat and sat in the park watching a Greek dancing group perform. It was fabulous seeing everyone get up and dance. A long walk through the park lead us back to a Metro stop and we took it back to Concorde and then switched lines. We were back in our hotel and ready for some dinner.
We got changed and walked around the corner to Indiana, I think this is a chain but it looked like it had great food so we went in. It was excellent service, something that has been sadly lacking in this country for most of our trip. It seems almost everywhere we go the staff just take their sweet time about everything and have no urgency whatsoever. Hello! I'm supposed to be on holidays , not you!! Our previous tour guide said it is the way of life over here and we should get used to it. I think they would get a surprise if they came to Australia - the rapid service would amaze them. Anyway the food was amazing. Mexican mostly. Ethan had tacos, I had a vegetable burrito and David had a beef one. I would go there again in a heart beat, and gave a generous tip.
Off to bed for our big adventure at Disneyland tomorrow.