Citytrip 2012
Paris - France



Day 1
Sunday, August 5


The TGV for Paris is scheduled to leave the station at 10:58. We there for take the early train at Voorschoten to The Hague, and change trains for Rotterdam. After a short while the TGV arrives and we board and look for our reserved seats.

Much like in an airplane you have seats that are numbered and which have been designated to individual people. This is of course mentioned on the train ticket. The time of arrival in Paris is planned to be 13:35; a two and a half hour ride all together with a stop at Brussels to pick up more passengers. Hardly enough time to watch a movie on ones tablet!

Arrived in Paris we exit the station and step into a busy street that is filled with people and noisy traffic. A Frenchman without a working horn on his car cannot drive a car! And they do use their car horns!

Frequently that is! The hotel is only a block away from the station and we cover the distance in only a minute or ten. We check in, leave our luggage in care of the hotel and decide to make the Sacre Coeur our first goal.

It is on walking distance and only a few blocks away from the hotel. After a ten minute walk we are at the base of the hill on which this Cathedral is build upon. Here you will find souvenir shops on every corner. We start climbing the stairs in spite of the slowly but ever increasing rain that has begun to trickle down since we left the hotel.





It has now reached a point where it forces us to unfold our umbrellas. It is completely clouded now and the sun is gone but the temperature is still nice. Due to the weather a visit to the Cathedral proves to be a very popular thing to do. I have never seen so many people in a church before.

Of course it is still raining when we leave the Cathedral and make our way to Place du Tertre where the artist's have set up shop. The rain kind of ruins everything now. People hide in bars and find a place on covered terraces. So we decide to return to the hotel.

After a nice dinner in one of the nearby restaurants we decide to give Montmartre another try. The rain has stopped, the streets have almost dried up again, the clouds have broken up and the sun is shining a little bit.

So again we climb the hill to the Sacre Coeur and to Place du Tertre. The evening light and the dark thunder clouds give a very special look to the Cathedral. It is made out of white stone, but with this strange light it looks magnificently honey glazed.



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An early morning ride with the TGV to Paris

An early morning ride with
the TGV to Paris



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Someone is looking over my shoulder

Someone is looking
over my shoulder



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The French country side

The French country side



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At the base of the Sacre Coeur, and it started raining

At the base of the Sacre Coeur,
and it started raining



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At the Sacre Coeur, vendors and their souvenirs

At the Sacre Coeur,
vendors and their souvenirs



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The late afternoon sun shining on the thunder clouds

The late afternoon sun shining
on the thunder clouds