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Day 17 - Paris

Another great day today.

We had entry tickets to the Lourve for 10.00 am so made our way there by Metro with time for coffee and croissants for breakfast. Then into the Lourve to do battle with the crowds. Because we had tickets the line was short and we got in quickly. But of course everyone who was in the Lourve only had one painting on their minds - Mona Lisa. We meandered around the various halls looking at sculptures, sacrophagi and magnificent paintings. Eventually we made it to room 6 where the tiny painting of Mona Lisa is a speck on a wall with a million tourists taking selfies in front of her. I swear each time I see the painting it has shrunk! So we battled FASIANS who had obviously moved on from Versailles! The rest of the museum was so quiet compared to that one room. We walked through the European Masters rooms and of particular note were Russian icons. Just the thing for decorating the walls at work or the Bishop's chapel despite the fact that they are priceless - though I am sure we would look after them well if they loaned them to us!!!

After the Lourve we Metro'ed to Montmarte and walked up the 50 billions steps to Sacre Coeur and the found there was a funicular and tram that you could get at the bottom!!!!!!!!!! Too bloody late for us to take advantage of. The view is magnificent and the church sits up on the hill like a white beacon. The only downside were all the hawkers and an scammers trying to tie "free" string bracelets on people. They targeted young girls in particular and quickly surrounded Channe. They had to deal with one cranky auntie!!!!! Their scam is to tie the string on and then harass you until you pay like $30 for the "free" gift. Or the other thing is that they work in teams and one is pickpocketing whilst the other is giving the string.

Down the hill we went off to a side street and had lunch. On our list of things to eat were escargot and confit du canard - snails and duck confit. We had both for lunch today! Channe managed one snail but loved the duck!

We wandered further down the hill with Channe doing a little shopping on the way and caught the Metro to Galleries La Fayette. This is a series of buildings which make up the department store to end all department stores. Again Channe found something to buy to add to what is becoming an impressive collection of goodies.

Back on the Metro to Bastille - home base. Then to an all too short interlude at a Thai massage place for a foot massage. We floated out of there down the street, picked up some supplies for dinner and home sweet home for our last night in Paris. (the sound you can hear is sobbing ........)

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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Down the hill from Sacre Coeur

Down the hill from Sacre Coeur

Dome in Galleries La Fayette

Dome in Galleries La Fayette

From the 7th floor terrace at Galleries La Fayette

From the 7th floor terrace at Galleries La Fayette

Posted by JHarman 09:00

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Wonderful Paris is still wowing.
Can hear the sobbing loud and clear.

by Maryannkrug

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