Insight Coach Tour
23.09.2014 - 25.09.2014
TUESDAY 23RD... Road to Rome.
Dragged our cases to leaving hotel and arrived at 6am. Very nice receptionist there told us to help ourselves to breakfast as we were too early to dine at our Hotel. Looked at the other dinners and wondered which of them would be on our tour......most of them!!!!
Arrived St Pancras Stn just before 7am, they hadn't even opened yet. Got tickets and luggage sorted and checked in then waited for departure at 9.30am on the Eurostar.
Didn't see much in the Chunnel....no fish overhead.
Noticed the change in buildings i.e. house styles, and a bit in the countryside. Still rolling country like in UK but the villages looked quite different. Arrived Paris and quite a walk to our coach as our Tour Director insisted we call it.....It is not a bus, it's a coach!!!
Tour by our Hotel and then dropped off next to the Arc de Triomphe where 12 avenues all meet and the traffic takes pot luck it seemed. Gazed down the lovely tree lined Champs Elysees, stood under the Arc, tried to get some service at a cafe - not much luck. Had an hour to look around before our Hotel drop. Wow, so here we were in Paris!
Modern Hotel close to the Arc, had a nice Welcome Dinner close to Hotel, then off for boat ride up the Seine with Bateaux Mouches ferries for night light cruise past castles and historical buildings like Notre Dame. Watched the sunset with the Eiffel Tower silhouetted beautifully. And the light show it provided us at 9pm....gorgeous and some great pics. Bus look around after that, past the Arc again, lovely at night as was the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde. Even saw the real Paris Opera House ....home of the Phantom ......well the one in London had a so called Phantom and the Paris Opera House has the lake underneath, so the two combined to create the story. Quite late to be after early start and up for breakfast at 6am in the morn. Tired and ready for bed.
PARIS 24TH Sept.
After early brekky, off with local guide for around city tour in daylight of the sights we had seen the evening before, including the Cathedral where Napoleon is buried. Then to Eiffel Tower and up to Level 2. Had been warned by guide of pick-pockets and how they operated.......encountered them as soon as we got off the bus....I mean COACH!!!!
They were working in gangs and were like students with clipboards, asking if we spoke English. Eiffel Tower very cool and what a view. Took heaps of pics.....a shame I can't share them on here. On Facebook OK!!
Getting to know some of our group so that's good too. Booked add-on tour of The Louvre.....yes took pic of Mona Lisa, and the other famous stuff like Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory and Michelangelo’s unfinished works done when he was in his 80s. Then went through Notre Dame, very cool too. Stood on the plaque outside where all the distances in France are measured from. We like the architecture here, and that the buildings are all the same height.
Back to Hotel, most of others going to Moulin Rouge. We dined in a lovely little French Restaurant we found not far from Hotel. Rained heavily while we dined but was clear for a pleasant stroll back to our Hotel Le Meridien Etoile. A very nice evening.....and way less than the €157 each for the Moulin Rouge.