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November 25, 2019.
November 25, 2019.
This morning we get up and we enjoy our first Parisian breakfast with fresh croissants, baguettes and marmalade. During breakfast we decide to explore the very heart of Paris; from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe all across the Champs-Élysées. Having finished our breakfast we head off for the metro station at Rue Dunquerque.
Fortunately the weather has cleared up and the sun is breaking through the clouds here and there. At the station we queue up in order to buy a three day metro pass that will allow us to travel without a limit within the three inner zones of the city. Obviously this is the Monday morning rush hour; lots of people are on their way to work.
The metro runs fast and within minutes it arrives and stops at the platform. Doors open and people poor out of the door opening. Then the reversed thing happens and within seconds a loud signal sounds; the doors are about to close again. Then the train picks up speed real fast, luckily I am holding on to some grip attached to the sealing. It only takes a minute or ten before we arrive at the station that exits near the Place de la Concorde.
The Place de la Concorde is a huge plaza with within its centre an obelisk; a present from the Egyptian people. From here the Champs-Élysées leads all the way to the Arc de Triomphe. We follow the Champs-Élysées to the Grand Palais and cross the Seine over the Pont Alexander III bridge as we make our way to the Eiffel tower. Following the Quai d′Orsay eastwards, we are getting closer to our target.
When I finally come face to face with this monumental metal construction I am really impressed by it. Impressed by its height and equally impressed by the sheer number of people that are waiting in line to climb the stairs of the tower. That puts me off to step in line also. I am satisfied with some pictures and a bit of starring at the top. I will return some day and then I will climb this tower, but not now.
There is still so much to see in the remaining two days. For instance the Champs-Élysées; but lunch comes first!
As we followed the sings leading us to the Eiffel tower, we came across a nice bakery shop with a small terrace and some tables inside. Patisserie de la Tour Eiffel, and they serve a nice croque-monsieur. After a rest, a cold drink and something to eat we are back on track for the Champs-Élysées Shopping Tour!
The Champs-Élysées is a collection of prestigious and very expensive properties with equally prestigious and expensive shops located in them. You just have to go and see for yourself. There are just too many nice looking buildings and shops to describe. Just go there and do some window shopping. Unless of course, you can afford a million dollar spit in the ocean!
Having done the north side we end up at the Charles de Gaulle-Etoille; the roundabout Charles de Gaulle. On the corner of the Champs-Élysées there is a metro entrance. If you go down here there is an underground corridor that leads to the centre of the plaza and thus to the Arc de Triomphe.
After a photo-shoot at the Arc de Triomphe we return on the other side of the Champs-Élysées look through some of the stores and finally head back to the hotel for some rest, a drink and dinner.