Posted by: octogirl7 | May 12, 2016

Le train de Londres a Paris!

Today we said goodbye to London and took the train for Paris.  YAY

Alex had the great idea to visit The Regent’s Park before leaving London.  Very pretty flowers and ducks and a black swan.

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This swan wandered toward us, I think hoping for food.  We don’t do that!

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super macro

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Not sure what the flower is, but very pretty.

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Rose

I can only imagine how pretty the area would have looked if all had been in bloom.  As it was, some very nice flowers strutted their stuff.

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Very interesting flower…with seed pods in the middle?

I was totally unfamiliar with this type of flower, but it kept my attention.

We missed the opportunity to go to school:

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I can only imagine the terror…

Our London Rick Steves guide, Jeanie Carmichael, had told us about a window tax.  Some enterprising fellow had suggested a tax on windows…so many were bricked up, so the owner wouldn’t have to pay:

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The nerve!

And speaking of business sense, someone had the bright idea to put wine already in glasses at the train station:

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Rose or white

And then we were in Paris!

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Hippopotamus

We ventured down this street.  Originally, we had planned to take a taxi to our hotel, to ease the weight of our baggage, but when we got out of the train, there were so many people bothering us, it felt like vultures! So we opted to say NON! and walked to the Metro.  Several flights of stairs later, I was re-thinking, but by then we were committed.

And we came out of the Metro at Bastille:

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Loved the clouds above the column.

Could have done without the streetlights, though.

And we checked into our Ibis hotel, and then ventured back out to find food.  After all, it’s Paris! There’s food and drink everywhere.  And by now, they are accustomed to Americans who want to eat earlier than the French do.  We ended up at Deux Savoies and had wonderful steak and frites:

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Steak, salad, frites and black pepper sauce.  All good bites!

And Mr. Alex found Creme Brulee:

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He did offer to share…not sure he meant it! HA

I desisted.  And we even had a chance to find the new location of Alex’s game store:

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The games that interested him were big and bulky, so he didn’t purchase anything…

 

Then we read and went to bed!  Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, we visit the Eiffel Tower! Glad I’m not superstitious…

 

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