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paris

city of strikes, romance, and of course, napoleon's showcase

We took a high speed train from London to Paris. Its called the Eurostar and gets you from central London to central Paris in around 2.5 hours.

The French are famous for their strong unions and frequent strikes, however during our visit apparently no worker had been asked to work more then 7 hours a day, as we didn't notice one.

(The revolution is apparently still fresh in the minds of the french).

We took a walking tour of the city, which was awesome as the guide pointed out interesting stuff such as these rings along the sienne, which have been around since the vikings. They were used to stretch chains across the river to the vikings, although the apparently the vikings simply ducked - and not having any sails, were able to row straight under them.

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Paris experimented with subsidised share-bikes that offer convenient and cheap transport around the city.
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The program is still going, but Paris's troubled (or bored?) youth are doing a good job failing the experiment, with massive levels of vandalism and theft of the bikes.

Paris in spring is beautiful - the Parisian's were out in force everywhere, enjoying the blossoms.
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The Concorde (on the end of the Champs Elysees) is an incredibly popular spot for lucheons.

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We armed ourselves with the necessary camoflouge (a baguette each), and spent a few happy hours in the sun.
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We relaxed only a hundred metres from the Obelisk stolen (or gifted?!?) by/ to Napolean from Egypt's Luxor temple. (in our Egypt blog you'll see it's remaining twin standing alone in from Luxor temple - the empty space and pedestal make it seem a very unlikely gift)

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After lunch, we spent the obligatory <large number of> hours wandering awestruck through the Louvre.
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Finally, on our last evening, we had an awesome french meal, checked out the view, and called Paris done.. but only for now.

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Posted by hughmadden 10:56 Archived in France

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