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Report 1892: Nine Weeks in France and Italy
By phirhon from Australia, Fall 2010
Trip Description: September 11 to November 13. One week in Paris followed by a week in Briancon, two weeks in Italy and another five weeks in France.
Destinations: Countries - France, Italy; Regions/Cities - Burgundy, Paris, Provence, Rhone-Alpes, Tuscany
Categories: Vacation Rentals; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People
Page 1 of 10: Week 1 - Paris
After months of planning D-Day finally arrived and we bid au revoir Australia and bonjour France. We had a good flight (as much as 21 hours sitting on a plane can be), and arrived on time (6am). At 8am the Air France bus dropped us at Gare de Lyon and we were finally in Paris for the first time. Fortunately we were able to get into our apartment on Ile St Louis early, and after a shower and a cuppa we felt almost human. We usually stay up all day and go to bed early on our first day.
Paris lived up to all our expectations and we had a wonderful week. We walked everywhere and loved everything - the iron lace on the buildings, chancing on a little square, walking in gardens and along the river and seeing all the amazing things we had read about.
We gazed in amazement at the opulence of the wonderful Opera Garnier, walked (yes!) up to level two of the Eiffel Tower, climbed the Arc de Triomphe, visited Les Invalides. We did not go into the Louvre this time but marveled at the wonderful buildings (DH has some great panorama shots) and did enjoy our visit to the Rodin Museum. Walking everywhere really allowed us to absorb the magnitude of this wonderful city and see the different areas at our own pace. Did lots of other things of course - river cruise at dusk so saw the Tower light up, Notre Dame and many other beautiful churches, the Luxembourg Gardens, walked the Promenade Plantee, Place des Vosges and Place Vendome (another great panorama), the Marais and of course the islands.
Had a Berthillon ice-cream and our first macarons and several pastries.
So much to see. We might have to come back!
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