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Dave B
07-04-2015, 07:28 PM
We don’t seem to many trip reports anymore so here’s a right short one.
Week before Easter was spent installing some stairs and other bits and bobs in a cold barn in cold rural France. Easter Saturday meant that we had to travel North to visit Paris (and Isabel) for the first time. We’ve driven round it countless times but never fancied a stay there.
We booked a half decent hotel (that cost a bloody fortune to a Yorkshireman) and parking for the weekend. The forecast looked decent.
We only had one full day there, Sunday, so up early, £11 breakfast...who’s daft idea is it to have a hotel price that doesn’t include a bloody breakfast ? and get on the metro to Isabels lodgings.
She has been hugely lucky as she has a massive room in a 5th floor apartment she shares with its owner, some old cat woman who no doubt smells of wee and garlic, and another girl. She pays a good deal less than market value for what she gets. We set off along the Seine.

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Wife is appalling at having her picture taken, always blinking or pulling a face. It definitely isn’t the photographer.

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Some amazing buildings in the city.

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We went to visit some great big arch, quite impressive it was too.

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Best bit was standing at the edge of it and watching the world drive, cycle, walk and blade past. Think the entry point to the ‘ring but a but madder. It was brilliant. We spent half an hour there laughing like drains at some of the madness. I’d have stayed all day and my carers could have collected me when my bag needed emptying.
This old dear on a 1950s bike slowly bumbled round totally oblivious to everyone else. Justine said she’d rather die than have to drive round it as it seemed bonkers....

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He did a few laps

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He only did one.

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This feller just did half a lap, he was slow too.

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This sounded lovely

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Other stuff? An old Roller, a good few Ferraris, awesome sounding Maseratis and plenty of glorified Beetles.
We wandered down the Champs Elysses in and out of a variety of shops and car dealers/concept stores. The top gear Hilux was in the Toyota store.

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For those that watch Le Tour each year will know that any breakaway on the final laps of the city try to sit in the gutter as it is so much smoother. They have little margin for error, too far right ..i.e millimetres..and they’d be off.

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This place is some poncy clothes shop where they have dim lighting, can’t recall what its’ called.

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We ambled through a big park between the Champs Elysses and the Louvre (which is simply staggering) This little feller was shouting for his Ma or Pa to pay the old guy 2 euros so he could rent a yacht.

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The old guy makes these boats and rents them out. He must do pretty well judging by how many he had and how many were sailing.

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We had a look round the shopping centre/gallery that is below this lot. Again massively impressive.

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We wandered into the Mont Martre area and found a great Pizza place for some food, then went up some big hill to this place. VERY impressive.

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The crowds were huge and a busker was doing a great job of getting 100s of them singing along to some Motown. Great atmosphere.

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Brilliant view of the city.

We made our way slowly back towards the metro to get back to the Hotel. 12 hours on our feet had taken its toll. We passed the Moulin Rouge and loads of adult shops displaying their wares. I wasn’t the childish idiot who took pics with his SLR ! (I got them on my iphone for childish whatsapp gags)
This impressive place is a church. It’s huge.

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We could even see Blackpool Tower.

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Monday we got up early, skipped a pricey breakfast and had a cheapo French McCafe brecky. It was superb ! I was staggered at how many homeless people there were, never pestering, always polite but there were hundreds of them. We bought a nice old African lady ‘tramp’ breakfast in McDs, (they obviously tolerate a couple warming up and using their loos.)
More aimless wandering, loads of little squares with parks in the middle, all open to public which is obviously different to many of them in London. This one had a great set of buildings forming a square round it, all cloistered like this.

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Over the Seine to some little Island and a posh Ice Cream.

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Last stop as we passed on our way to the car park was Notre Dame. Huge queues.

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So, we get the metro back to the car park and follow the satnav past some impressive buildings. A Military School that was huge and staggeringly beautiful. Oops, sorry wifey, it appears as though we’re on the Champs Elysses and sure enough we ended up doing a lap of the Arc D’Triomphe. Piece o’ Pi$$.

Impressive city, as one would expect. We go back in late May for Isabels 21st and then again in July when rather annoyingly we’re there for the last day of the TdF.

Floyd
07-04-2015, 08:19 PM
Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

You spent Yorkshire pounds on a tramp.? You're slipping :lol:

Chris D
07-04-2015, 08:25 PM
Been nearly 30 years since I was in Paris last. School exchange trip.

Great report Dave.

Peach-uk
07-04-2015, 08:57 PM
Liked that! Thanks for posting

Stumpy
08-04-2015, 12:26 PM
Excellent timing. We're going shortly!

Tim
08-04-2015, 01:07 PM
:thumb:

Where is your place in France, Dave?

Dave B
08-04-2015, 02:37 PM
Stumpy, thought I'd hate the place, smelling of p and garlic but we loved it. You'll have a great time.
Tim, 30 miles east of Limoges. 250 miles South of Paris

Gary Kinghorn
08-04-2015, 05:18 PM
Great stuff Dave. Thanks for taking the time to share it. I really enjoy reading this sort of stuff :thumb:

Looks like you crammed a lot into a day.

Nige
08-04-2015, 05:51 PM
Thanks for that Dave :thumb:

We last went to Paris years ago !

Tim in Yorkshire
08-04-2015, 07:48 PM
Bought back some great memories for me there Dave. As much shit as it gets I actually think Paris is great :thumb:

Stumpy
08-04-2015, 08:10 PM
Stumpy, thought I'd hate the place, smelling of p and garlic but we loved it. You'll have a great time.
Tim, 30 miles east of Limoges. 250 miles South of Paris



Been before, but last time was 10yrs ago, when Ze Fuhrer was preggie with our first. So will have forgotten most of the places we visited. Did see Blackpool Tower and that gallery place, oh and the large manicured lawn area...


:shame:


Oh and our last camping hols was near Limoges!! Going further dann saff this year... :thumb:

Stumpy
11-04-2015, 05:06 PM
OMFG :shock::shock::shock:

We arrived yesterday lunchtime and unfortunately found ourselves at the Arc d'Triumphe in the A6. Jesus H Tap-dancing Christ...:chin::fish::nono:

It was like nothing I can explain coherently. I went into survival mode told everyone in the car to stop screaming (mostly me & the waff). Cars were literally going any which way they wanted!

I decided to go all prehistoric at everyone and made it across without a scratch. I did have to pull over afterwards though :rolf:

Dave B
11-04-2015, 05:39 PM
:lol::lol:

Every man (and woman) for themselves. It's brilliant. Must do it on the GS in the summer :thumb:

Neil Mac
13-04-2015, 07:16 AM
I'm confused. Which Mongo is Isabel? :lol:

Great report. Must go back there, as it's been over 30 years since the last one :thumb:

Simon
20-04-2015, 07:32 AM
Only just read this, good effort Dave :thumb:.

We did a lap of the ADT with they boys in 2004 or 5. Total madness but it was fun at the same time :lol:.

Going over in the summer so might have to try a 2015 lap and have a look at a few of the places you went.

Dave B
20-04-2015, 04:29 PM
She's Mongo 1...the first. Steady away
Mongo 2 is Erin, the mad, lunatic 2nd born.

Darren Langeveld
20-04-2015, 05:30 PM
OMFG :shock::shock::shock:

We arrived yesterday lunchtime and unfortunately found ourselves at the Arc d'Triumphe in the A6. Jesus H Tap-dancing Christ...:chin::fish::nono:

It was like nothing I can explain coherently. I went into survival mode told everyone in the car to stop screaming (mostly me & the waff). Cars were literally going any which way they wanted!

I decided to go all prehistoric at everyone and made it across without a scratch. I did have to pull over afterwards though :rolf:

I had a similar experience years ago in a company 214 Rover. It's the only time I can recall actually wanting to park and use public transport - which is what we did for the next three days.

Karl
22-04-2015, 01:12 PM
Thanks for taking the time to write that up, Dave, that was a very entertaining read. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

Rory
25-04-2015, 09:20 AM
Great write-up Dave, thoroughly enjoyed it and it brought back memories for me too... :thumb:

The Arc de Triomphe roundabout is indeed utter lunacy...
still, it should be on everyone's bucket list. :wink: