A Travellerspoint blog

August 2016

Day 2 - 3

The fun continues

sunny 26 °C

Hello all

We picked up our tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus Tuesday morning. Got taken to this very deserted street off the main roads of Paris and the driver was out of there like a shot!!! Kinda made me feel just a teensy bit nervous but all turned out good in the end. We were early for the tickets, as the office didn't open until 10:00 and we were dropped off at 08:30. So as you do, went for a look look down down.

Walked along, looking at this and that. Decided to have a coffee and needed a pit stop, so into Macdonalds. Well, clearly interaction with humans was not the preferred option. Instead, you had to key in your orders on a machine. Which was in French. And the pictures were just not very big. Managed to navigate myself around that and paid for with my card. Went to the counter to pick up and low and behold after asking for a bottle of water, got charged all over again. It simply was too difficult and my Mental Health was being adversely affected (read starting to lose my sh*t), so let that one go. Of course, there's the end result of feeling like being ripped off with eyes wide open. Oh well. Lesson learned and I'm sure not the last.

Then after getting the tickets, down to get the bus. Simple the girl behind the counter says. Turn left out the door, follow down to the main street and turn right. Except she left one little tiny bit of helpful information out!!!! It was about a 2 mile walk to the darned place. Would you not think that having the office where you pick the tickets up and the pick up point might be of more benefit to be just a tad closer??? So anyway, breakfast was walked off, so some positives after all.

So we reach where we get on the bus. Oh no!!! You don't just hop onto the bus! You have to go into the office and have the tickets scanned. And given some more cards of Museum passes, public transport and the bus tickets. But wait dear reader!! The 3 day pass is only 1 day for the Hop on/off bus!!! But for $10:00 euro each, you can upgrade the ticket to 2 days. Heavy sigh!!! $20:00 e handed over and that ripped off feeling returns again. Checked on the web site later and this issue is stated but very easy to not get the gist of it at all, particularly if you are not used to the site. Love these lessons we're learning.

Anyway. We stayed on the buses for both routes and saw some amazing sights. Now we have a better idea of what to see over the next couple of days and sorting out which way to get to them. Either by Hop on/off or public transport. Or even old fashioned walking. And with all of the food we've been eating, walking might not be a bad idea

Whilst we were on the bus, Ron drew my attention to an absolute vision and one that you would only see in Paris. There was a fella crossing in front of the bus in this bright Lemon suit with matching Lemon coloured framed glasses mincing his way across the Rue Rivoli. One of the visions that once seen it cannot be unseen!!

We had lunch at the Royal Opera cafe. The waiter was fairly close to what a lot of people have in mind of a Frenchman. Rather arrogant, not a lot of tolerance for ditherers or it would seem Americans. 4x of America's finest took over the table behind us. One of the women began to keep pushing her chair back into Ron's chair. It was only a matter of time before words might have been spoken, but they saved us from that. Lots of dicking around with what they might like. Although, it all started off with "I want". Next thing waiter is going "OK. Is it me or is it you??? You have a problem, No??" He finally made some sense of the order and walked away muttering "Merde". We gave him a good tip when we paid because he entertained us so well.

Dinner was also an experience. I saw Sausage on the menu and thought a change might be in the offing. So asked and was told it consisted mostly of Tripe. So, politely declined and ordered the Chicken instead. Low and behold, this "thing" was offered to me laying on a bed of chips. If I didn't know any better, Theon had just been fixed (Game of Thrones people, you will know what I'm talking about). There is was, sitting on the plate staring at me with was seemed like a foreskin on as well. All charcoaled here and there from the grilling. I nearly died. So off to the nearest waitress with offending object on the plate and then had to wait for some considerable time for the chicken. Which, when it did turn out, was half a bloody chicken and enough fries to choke the Hulk. Oh well. The fun continues then!!

Day 3

Very simple. It was shopping. We found a fantastic shopping centre with 5 floors devoted to L'Homme. Heaven!!!! Burberry, Diesel, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren. OMFG!!! I was like a kid in a lolly shop!! Even saw a pair of boots in Purple and they were exquisite. Each shoe/boot is individually dyed and can even have initials put into the shoe. Bargain at 300:00e. Didn't buy them, but truly tempted.

Did buy a pair of Red Chinos. Red seems to be the colour over here at the moment!

We also walked for miles. Although see previous comments about that. Managed to have a look at Musee D'Orcy. Magnificent. I'll put a couple of piccies on the blog. Just wonderful. Things there from Rodin, Gaugin Toulouse La Trec and Van Gogh and so many others I can't remember their names.

Anyhoo............Time to put this one to bed


Ron and Bryan

Posted by BeeandRon 09:17 Archived in France Tagged family_travel Comments (0)


overcast 24 °C

So dear readers

We've survived the nearly 20hrs of travel getting here.

I did put a couple of posts up on Facebook, so sorry to those who don't have FB access.

So we managed to get through OK without too many hassles!

Got into to the Business Lounge at Perth Airport and the first horror issue was some drunk pommy skank, who was having multiple loud speaker conversations with various relies or some such. She also had this rather gross obese husband who at one stage told her he was off to the loo! She stopped mid conversation on her phone and asked (shouted) to him if she needed to give him a hand! Bearing in mind, this is a Business Lounge. And of course, she was seated near us on the plane. Fortunately, I think she drank herself into a stupor and didn't hear much from her for some of the flight anyway. Bless her little cotton socks!!

Ron had a bit of an issue getting through security in Dubai!! He kept on setting off the metal detector and stripping out/off ever more gear. Poor bugger was hanging onto his jeans so they didn't fall down!! I was just imagining that any moment now, he's going to be crash tacked to the ground and tasered!!! Then I remembered his hip!! He got pulled aside after some serious discussions amongst the guards, then they swabbed him for explosives!!! Go figure.

Meanwhile, yours truly was left hanging onto his own jeans and trying to pick up all my own gear as well as Ron's. Fortunately I bumped into someone I knew who happened to be with us at the time. She picked up some of the year I couldn't quit pick up then waited with me for Ron to be finder being searched/swabbed!! Thank goodness for Em!! Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with her soon!!

Will finish for now. More to follow tomorrow.


Bryan & Ron

Posted by BeeandRon 08:32 Archived in France Tagged holiday Comments (0)

The countdown continues

5 days to go

semi-overcast 15 °C

Dear All

Well the bags are half packed, the house is nearly ready to vacate for the Pet Sitter. Do understand the emphasis on Pet Sitter and not House Sitter. The fact the house will be lived in is merely coincidental. The objective is really to care for Madam!! She who seems to have taken a keen interest in harvesting her coat of late.

Speaking of whom!! She went outside a few minutes ago. It is now 2 minutes past her dinner time and who should be standing on her hind paws scratching at the glass door commanding attention!!! Darned humans!! Haven't they learnt to pay attention yet????

Anyhoo........I digress!!!

So good readers

Stay tuned. More will be coming your way soon


Bee and Ron

Posted by BeeandRon 02:09 Archived in Australia Tagged prep_time Comments (0)

Counting down

Not long before the big adventure begins

storm 16 °C

Dear All

So now the adventure is nearly upon us

We fly out of Perth August 28 to Dubai and finish the flight in Paris the next day.

So far preparations are going quite smoothly apart from a little gnashing of teeth and one heart stopping moment when I suddenly realised I couldn't remember where my passport was. Thankfully I looked in one of the many safe places and there it was. Phew!!!!

Aleena seems to be sensing somethings up because she's started to take a much keener interest in her coat. Surprise, surprise. Little piles of fur everywhere at the moment and a few bald patches showing on one of her legs and on her side. Bless!!!!!

I've downloaded Game of Thrones, The Black Adder and a few other bits of pieces onto a portable hard drive to take with me and keep entertained. Only to be told that Emirates has endless supply of things to keep little people entertained. Oh well!! Might finally get to see GOT perhaps but I think the rest will be waiting for freezing wet days back home. Of which there have been plenty recently.

So dear friends. I'll log off for today. Just getting things started for the adventures.

Take care

Ron and Bryan

Posted by BeeandRon 21:05 Archived in Australia Tagged prep_time Comments (0)

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