14.08.2008 - 16.08.2008 15 °C
Paris was sooo beautiful! Definately the 'romantic' city so rich with history, culture and romance - loved it!!
I did the free walking tour from the hostel with the firls from Montreal and it was sooo good. The guide was really enthusiastic and really knew his stuff so i learnt so much interesting stuff about the huge beautiful buildings id been staring at since i arrived. Visited all the normal touristy places in paris - Champs de Elyss (excuse the terrible spelling), Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's grave, The Louvre and heaps more that im struggling to remember now but thats what the photos are for. Eiffel Tower is so much bigger and awe-inspiring when you're at the bottom of it - i was speechless! And of course didn't even fathom going up it as i'd probably begin hyper-ventilating at 6 feet but it was amazing...the whole place was just amazing I cant even describe it. On my way back through though I will be going through the Louvre and a few other things I didnt get the time to do this time.
The girls and I also joined in the pub crawl through Paris last night which was really fun but again Paris is just so unsafe for young women and at times we got a bit seperated from the group which was quite scary. Paris bars and clubs are nothing too special but just being in Paris was special enough to suffice. Getting up for the first Busabout trip next morning was difficult after getting back to the hostel (which doesn't seem to sleep at all?) at about 2am. Still managed to get down a fair bit of the free brekkie at the hostel before I was off though so i was impressed with the effort - i even showered! haha
So now onto Bruges...
It's so damn cute!!!!! Everything is so neat and tidy and its packed full of tourists which makes me feel a lot safer here compared to Paris. Of course on the bus to Bruges the guide was going through all the interesting info on the city and things to see & do and mentioned that tomorrow the whole town completely shuts down for some religious holiday...tomorrow also happens to be my only full day in Bruges. Just lucky I guess lol. Luckily its an incredibly tiny town and easy to see in an afternoon which some vigorous walking so a couple of from SA and I went on the Choco-Story tour and learnt the history of belgium chocolate - very interesting! And of course there were the free samples and the demonstration of a delicious hazlenut praline being made. Lets just say I was in my own little heaven. Every second shop is a sweets/chocolatier. Rough life huh. Lunch was Pomm Friets (hot chips) which a cheesy mayonnaise type thing which is apparently one of the foods they are known for. Not too shabby at all.
Hostel reminds me of the picture I had in my head of the Weasley house in Harry Potter - a creaky old windy, twisty multi-story falling down house with an old sort of charm - tiny spiral staircase designed for midgets was a nightmare with my luggage but should be a fun ride down with a few drinks in the system (Apple beer - yum!!)
Tomorrow im going to attempt to ride a bike for the first time since I was 8 years old and see the rest of the town while its shut down. There is also a festival on tomorrow too which should be cool. Most of all...tomorrow is a sleep-in finally!!!!!