June 6, 2014

Treasures of France (Day 1, 6 June 2014)

Bonjour, greetings from Paris!

After a 13 hour flight, we are here in the City of Lights. We had the whole day free since the tour only starts tomorrow and because the room was not available for check-in, the boy was forced to gallivant with me.

Ate breakfast in the hotel before we walked in search of the metro station which was about a 5 min walk away. First stop, Trocadero Gardens and the Eiffel. I had brought plenty of sweaters and light jackets in anticipation of cooler temperatures but it was a hot day!

I had always wanted to take pictures from Trocadero with the Eiffel in the background but unfortunately the sun was behind us and there were tons of tourists so that wish had to be dropped. And of course, the hubby has no patience to compose shots or take lighting into consideration so this trip will have many photos of him and not me!
I did wear an Old Navy tee with an image of the Eiffel on purpose...corny I suppose. Took pictures of the tower from many angles and when I had my fill, we proceeded on foot towards Invalides, where Napoloen's tomb is stored. Didn't go in but just took a picture from outside.
Next was the Rodin Museum, where an ex-colleague had told me about the rose garden. Paid a nominal entrance fee to access the garden and wandered about, while the boy chilled in the shade. There was a statue of The Thinker but to me it looked like he was on the potty, which I suppose is where a lot of people do their thinking!
From there it was a short walk to my favouritest bridge, Pont Alexandre III. Ever since I saw it in a romantic American Express ad many years ago, I have thought this bridge very pretty. Tried to recreate a shot of me standing with the lamp posts in the background which I took back in 1998 but again, the boy has no patience with these things.
We walked on towards the Champs Elysees where we spotted the Disney Store and Zara Home. I bought some tropical plates for the kids and then we found a Chinese 'economic rice' stall around the corner from Monoprix.
There were lots of stir fries which were charged by weight and we shared some broccoli, beef and chicken. By this time he was pretty tired and the room should have been ready so we headed back to the Movenpick Neuilly. Nice hotel, in a residential area though with not much else around.

There was a complimentary bottle of wine waiting for us, courtesy of the French Trafalgar team and also the hotel GM provided some cheese, tomatoes and olives.
Stayed in and watched some of the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations on TV, live. That's one of the reasons were's here, to fulfil the boy's dream to see Normandy so why not do it as part of his 40th birthday celebrations and maximise his travel perks? ;-)

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