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Wed. Oct. 9 - Contiki Day 11: Paris all day


We spent the entire day in Paris. First, we all went to Notre Dame Cathedral. It was huge but quieter inside. Finally, I got to pray in a quiet environment. Next, we went to Église du Dome, where Napoleon's tomb is there. Our coach went through the Latin Quarter and wherever in Paris. Finally, we started our walking workout by climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Our fitness enthusiasts counted that we must climb at least 270 steps. On top, we had a perfect panoramic view of Paris. After the Arc de Triomphe, we walked along the Champs-Elysées. It was a fashionable and prestigious street. There were car showrooms and the best fashion stores along the Champs-Elysées. The highlight of the Champs-Elysées was that we got lured by Paris' most famous perfume shop, Sehpora. We were buying perfumes from the source. I bought a real Chanel Cristalle perfume for my sister.

At the end of the Champs-Elysées, we went through the Concorde, the Royal Gardens and into the Musée du Louvre. The Louvre used to be the palace of the past French monarchy and it was overwhelmingly massive. It would take you 9 years to view every object in the Louvre assuming that you spend 1 minute per object. Once we entered the Louvre, we charged for the real Mona Lisa. It was a massive zoo there where people were taking photographs galore. It was so beautiful that I took 2 photos of her. The Louvre was so huge that I had to stay 2 extra hours to check out the highlight stuff. Regretfully, I missed going to the Musée d'Orsay. I eventually went back to the Eiffel Tower at sunset and it was spectacular with the lights on.

During the late evening, we had dinner and watched the cabaret at Nouvelle Eve near the Moulin Rouge. We all had a solid dinner and had all the wine we can drink. French white wine was extremely dry. Red wine tasted the best. Champagne was good. Three of our guys were stars on the stage, because we sat in the front row. They get to be assistants or contestants. That's the advantage of being part of a Contiki group, because you get to be on stage and become a cabaret superstar. Although there was a lot of razzle dazzle variety of acts, they still did the Can Can and that's what defined a Parisian cabaret from everything else.

I regret that I did not spend enough time in Paris.

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