Here is a confession which Mrs Powerfulpierre will no doubt loudly confirm. I am not a sightseeing kind of guy. I am more a sit by the pool, drink in one hand and latest novel in other hand kind of guy. The latter is my kind of holiday, so why are you driving a minibus through Paris at rush hour?
Fair question and the answer is simple. There are a lot of places to visit in France, I think I read somewhere that over a 100 million people visit France each year, compare that with 35 million for the UK. So if you had the opportunity to see all these sights for free and all you had to do was drive the bus, then even I have to admit it is worth seeing all these places at least once particularly when it is your adopted country.
So eventually we arrived at the pickup point and set off for, well I will get to that later because I have gotten ahead of myself.
The weekend before, we took in the sites including the Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower and had a trip down the Seine.
Now when we visited The Louvre, it was a Sunday and it is free to go in and it was heaving. I am not a crowd sort of person, and I think it is true to say that I have not seen so many people in one place for a very long time. We queued to get in and then spent ages trying to see anything of any real interest. The Mona Lisa for instance was in a room which would have taken hours just to get into so we squinted at it from a distance. It is amazingly small anyway much to my surprise, I was expecting something far bigger.
However despite all this I have to admit it was an experience that I would not have missed. Here are a bunch of photos of The Louvre, not inside, cameras are banned, Eiffel Tower, which by the way was my most dreaded place to go to as I suffer from a fear of heights. I get vertigo on the second step of a ladder. Nevertheless I did go half way up and probably would have gone to the top if the queues for the lift had not been so huge. Notre Dame was nice, I think the front window measures 30 metres across, but the coffee at the café nearby, I think it was The Ezmeralda, was a bit dear at a fiver a cup.
Anyway here are the photos and next stop the Latin quarter and lunch.
If you are in Paris then the Latin quarter is a must visit particularly if you are a foodie like me and still count the pennies, cents, centimes etc.
The place is a huge eaterie with restaurants next door to each other up and down each street. There is every kind of food, from Greek to Italian and all the way back to French. Not only that, the owners or the front of house employees vie for your custom, and try to entice you to their restaurant with offers of free wine, or desserts or specials so if you like to haggle this is the place for you.
We were enticed to the restaurant we chose for the moule marriniere starter, steak and chips and the free carafe of wine, even with dessert and coffee it was well under 15 euros apiece and this is Paris for goodness sake!
Next up D day landing beaches, Versailles and a whole lot more and some exquisite food with our neighbours.