Not a lot to tell about yesterday. We spent most of it on the bus travelling between Paris and Bordeaux.
We got up at 6 am and got our bags packed and organised for what we wanted to carry with us on the bus. We spent the first two hours of the bus ride writing yesterdays blog posts.
After our lunch stop for a toilet break and service station food we got back onto the bus. However half of this jorney to Bordeaux was spent with every person getting up at the front of the bus introducing themselves. The points to talk about were
– Your Name
– Where you are from
– What traffic light you are (GREEN available, ORANGE not looking or RED with someone)
– What you do for work
– Obsessions (what you do in your spare time, hobbies)
– And who you would like to mudwrestle with (a celeb you would like to date if you had the chance)
This was fun and allowed us to find out a little about everyone on the bus. Turns out a lot of us are from Perth so it has unofficially been named the Perth tour.
On our way we stopped at the 16th Century Chateau Chambord. It is a HUGE castle that was a hunting lodge for King Loius XVI. It is absoultly stunning place. You could imagine being back in the 16th century. Some of the history of the Chateau is it was origionally for the Louis XVI then a married mistress (not sure which one and for which king) lived in it and was abandond for many years during the World War.
After arriving in Bordeaux and checking into the hotel we had 10 minutes to meet downstairs and head to dinner. Dinner was at a nice restraunt in the city. Tyler and I finally got to have our first two pints of descent beer.
Dinner was really nice. What we had for our entree was, goat cheese salad, for main was duck Confe and sliced fried poatoes and desserts was 2 protifita rolls with chocolate sauce. The food was really good except the dessert, the chocolate tasted a bit burnt. Rhian had a wine (don’t know the name, all the menu was all in french so Rhian asked the waiter for the recommendation) all the girls on the table, Jessica and Kim had a sip and liked it too.
After dinner we headed out to a pub with a large group from our tour. The pub was great and had entertainment. A couple of dancers and a barman pulling tricks mixing drinks. Rhian and I only stayed for a couple of drinks. I decided I wanted to go after just a couple of drinks. I knew if I stayed longer it would turn out to be a messy night and not the best way to be when the following day is a bus day.
We caught the light rail back to the hotel with two other couples and went to bed.
I really hate to write this after just posting about the loss of our family dog Cheri. But I do want to keep a travel diary and Cheri is apart of it.
Our second day in Paris. The day started with showers when we got up and looked out the window (but eventually stopped when we departed) It was is our one and only and we were free to do what we wanted. We got up early as to not waste time. Some how we stuffed around enough that we ended up catching the bus into town without a plan. We got off the bus with a group of our tour and decided to just go with the flow.
We walked to the Lourve at which point our Europe sim card finally got activated and we had internet on the tablet. This was not a geek thing this is so we could look up information and find where the heck we were on google maps.
We visited a nunmber of the sights in Paris. We did not have time to go into any of the museums so we just took photos of the buildings. Rhian wanted to go to the Lourve, but there was already a big cue and we didn’t want to miss out on seeing other stuff. We also went to the bridge of love. This is a bridge that has thousands (and I mean a few million) of locks on the fence. I didn’t know about this so had not brought a lock. So we just used one off our bag and pretended. After we went to Notre Dame to take a look. On our way we found a little shop that had little Paris magnets. Rhian bought a photo frame.
Next we stopped for food at a cafe called “Le Dante” while working out how to get to the Moulin Rouge. We bought train tickets and took a series of trains to our destination just to take a few photos out the front. Some of the group including Rhian wanted to pee, so we went into a Starbucks and one person got water, so we didn’t have to pay. Next we took another series of trains back to the Effile Tower.
We did a bike tour around Paris between 3 and 6. We saw a man urinating and cheering to us as we went by, a lady in a wedding dress taking wedding photos, some either taking a photo shoot or recording of some sort (they had either setting up or finished) a police escort a black vehicle and a lady propose her boyfriend on the bridge during the bike tour….. he said yes.
After the bike tour we meetup with the rest of the group and had a picnic near the Effle Tower. At this point I was exhausted and had a headache so Rhian and I caught the train back to the hotel and I feel asleep.
Paris is a beautiful city. If we come here again, it would be worth staying here for a week, There is sooo much to see and do. We did our best in the 6 hours hours free time we had.