5 September 2015 Saturday
06.09.2015 19 °C
Weather today was overcast and cool. Since arriving in Paris, I have worn a jacket for the first time since arriving in London a month ago.
I was concerned that we wouldn't have time to see much of Paris today, and that was the case. Many of the main sights are still unseen, but I've got to say I had a great time!!!
This morning, we had a city tour with a local guide. Saw the basic sights, but didn't get much opportunity for photos, due to the moving bus, trees etc. However, part of the tour included a 2 hour visit to the Eiffel Tower, where we had acess to the 2nd level. Loved it, and whilst the weather was overcast, the views were superb. Took the lift up the the second level, but walked down to the first level, and eventually ground level.
From the Eiffell Tower, 16 of us had opted for the optional tour of the Palace of Versailles (or more correctly, the Chateau de Versailles). This included a one hour tour of some of the rooms, and an hour or more in the gardens. The palace is extremely large and opulent, and the Hall of Mirrors is stunning, with windows down one side, mirrors on the other wall, and masses of chandeliers hanging from a painted ceiling. The gardens (which are now only a fraction of the original size), are beautiful. The photos don't do the gardens justice.
Returned to the hotel in time to freshen up for our last optional tour, being dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge. Wow! What a show! Of the 30 people on this tour, 28 of us opted for this show, and we all agreed it was spectacular, and a high light of our time in Paris. Words can not explain the detail and spectacle of the sets, the outfits, or even the acts, but its OK, I bought a DVD of the show. It is not a cheap night, and is fully booked for quite some time (Globus has a permanent booking arrangement for its tour groups). There are 3 shows a night, and it is open every day of the year except new years day. I would recommend that any-one visiting Paris visit the Moulin Rouge, and its not all scantily clad girls (although they are an attraction). Even the women on our tour loved the show. We got back to the hotel about 11:30pm, and some of us have to catch the train to London tomorrow morning.