Sunday, April 28, 2013

Paris and Beaujolais Wine Region

So internet access has been a little complicated since leaving our hotel in Paris. That was the last (working) free wi-fi, and most of the paid internet access since then has been both expensive and crap. My data roaming on my phone has been both cheaper and better-quality; but 25mb means my internet use has just been facebook/emails/banking.

But our lovely free day in Corfu also has free/decent wi-fi, so here's the start of an update of my Contiki thusfar.

Paris

In the morning of our second day in Paris, we went out to visit the Chateau de Versailles. The interior decoration is ridiculously decadent, fairly similar to the Louvre.

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

The gardens were amazing as well, but there was some kind of special event going on in there which was ticketed, so we opted not to go and explore.
Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

After Versailles, we had a free afternoon in Paris. We went for a walk around, past the Louvre, the Norte Dame, around past Musee D'Orly, the military museum, and generally killed a few hours without really going inside anywhere (because by that time of day, lines were ridiculous).

Notre Dame

After dinner, we all went to the Eiffel Tower. Despite having climbed to the top on my previous visit, I decided to climb the stairs again. My migrane did not approve, but I went up the 669 steps regardless. 

Tour de Eiffel

Tour de Eiffel

Day three, we had a free day in Paris. One of the girls and I went into Notre Dame, Musee D'Orly, and then wandered up the Champs Elysees to get some macaroons from Laudree.

Place de la Concorde

Laudree Macaroons, Paris

Paris

Paris

That night we had our Parisian dinner in a little restaurant. There was wine a-plenty (a rose, followed by a bottle of red and white on each table), and my dinner consisted of a salmon pate-type dish, duck a l'orange, cake for desert, followed by cheese. After dinner, we went out to O'Sullivans, a bar next to the Moulin Rouge.

Beaujolais Wine Region

The next morning, we departed out to central France, where we stayed at a special Contiki site, the Chateau de Cruix (a 16th century chateau). Shortly after arrival, we went to a nearby winemaker to be educated on the production of the wine, and for a tasting. Following dinner, we joined the other Contiki group staying at the site for a 'P' party in the 'Rave Cave' (ie the cellar, converted to a mini-nightclub). The other group (on a 25day tour) were crazy party animals, and we were all glad that we had such an amazing and chilled group of people on our tour. I wore my dinosaur onesie, and went as Prehistoric.

On the morning of day five, we were divided into groups and sent off with picnic baskets and a mud map to The Top Of The World. Needless to say, we got lost, and a 30-45min walk turned into a 2hr muddy hike. The rest of the day was spent generally chilling, to recover from the hectic days in Paris and our departure the next day to Barcelona.

Beaujolais Wine Region, France

Beaujolais Wine Region, France

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