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A warm welcome from your Contiki Crew as we head for the White Cliffs of Dover and the Channel crossing to France. We drive past World War I battlefields to the splendour of Paris. What better way to begin than with an evening tour of the “City of Lights” and a first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower? (D)

Left London in the morning and crossed over in a ferry while leaving the White Cliffs of Dover.

Went to the Lourve and looked at the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory.  They say if you look at each piece in the Lourve for 30 seconds, it would take over 9 months.

Ibis Hotel Porte D'Orleans
33 rue Barbès - 92120 - MONTROUGE - FRANCE
Tel : (+33)1/42316700 Fax : (+33)1/42316701

Dinner was at the hotel, and it was horrible. Their so called salad was a few pieces of lettuce with some dressing drizzled with some quiche.  The main was roast with way too much gracy and vegetables.  The meal was so bad, that I didn't stick around to find out what dessert was which I was told was lemon meringue without the meringue (?).

The evening tour of the "City of Lights" was amazing. Paris is so pretty at night. Ryan showed us the fountain where Anne Hathaway threw her cell phone in The Devil Wears Prada and where Big and Carrie meet in the season finale of Sex and the City, and of course the Eiffel Tower. Ryan and Pete timed it perfectly so that we would get to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. Everything was beautiful, Paris at night exceeded my expectations.  
 

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the_red_queen
Jun. 4th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Paris! At night! It really is almost unfairly gorgeous. The Eiffel Tower is so blah (to me, haha) in the daylight but so magical at night.

And what did you think of the Mona Lisa? I was a little underwhelmed. Like, "oh, it's the Mona Lisa," before I wandered off to look at the hall of large paintings or whatever.

Did you guys hit up any other Parisian museums? I totally wrote part of my law school admission essay about an experience I had at the Pompidou Centre.
starbucksweetie
Jun. 4th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I totally agree that Paris in general is more magical at night than during the day. I liked the Mona Lisa, I think it's just one of those things that you always want to do and then finally you're there. We didn't end up hitting outher Parisian museums. We only got to spend an hour and a half in the Lourve on Monday, because on Tuesday it would be closed.
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