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Jenny Sheraton’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 31 Aug 2006

Location: Paris, France

MapWe left at 8am this morning for about a 5 hour drive to Paris. We stopped at Fontainbleau - very beautiful gardens and Louis XIII lived here, so did Napoleon and it was also headquarters for the allies in WWII.

Then an hour later we hit Paris. We drove through the tunnel where Princess Diana died in 1997 on the anniversary of her death - very eerie. It is only a short tunnel though.

Then we only got to spend 2 hours in the Louvre and I saw the Mona Lisa and Venus Di Milo as well as a lot of other paintings and sculptures and artefacts. 2 hours is not enough time to see everything. They say only 5% of the Louvre`s collection is on display at any one time. An impressive place and worth visiting again one day. The Louvre was originally the Royal Palace before the French Revolution. There are many impressive paintings and sculptures on the ceilings. I also saw the Crown Jewels on display. There are 4 levels and would take a long time to see it all.

We checked into our hotel in Paris which is a little bigger than the last hotel room. We had chicken again for dinner.

Then we got back on the bus for a city tour. It isn`t dark until about 9pm so we could see a lot in daylight. Then as we got to the Eiffel Tower it lit up. An amazing sight.

We went past the Louvre, Notre Dqme, an Egyptian Obelisk at Place de la Concorde and there is also a fountain there, this is the place of a guillotine many years ago. We also went past the Opera House which goes down 10 levels.

I went up the Eiffel Tower all the way to the top which was another achievement. Greg talked me into looking over only once though. I took photos of my achievement but I also had to go back down again.

We got back to the hotel at about 11.30pm and went to the bar for a few drinks for Ross`s birthday.