When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Paris - Part Three!

Morning - well it's match day for me, I'll be leaving in just under an hour to go and watch the mighty Bristol Rovers take on Barnet in League 2. Also looking forward to seeing my latest article in the match day programme. Will take a picture and share it with you at some point.  Was brave this time and used a picture of myself to go with the article (see if you can guess which one from this post!). Hopefully people will enjoy reading it, I'll have to wait and see!

Right onto Paris.

On Monday we enjoyed the wonders of the Batobus service.  A glass topped boat that acts as a water bus whereby you buy a ticket for the day and then can hop on and off all day long.

See, one just like ours!

The boat circled a route that consisted of 8 stops, all at prime locations. We got on at the Louvre stop and sailed up to and turning around past the Eiffel Tower, to come back down right by the huge structure.

 As you can see I was pretty pleased to be near that tower!
 A misty day but it didn't stop her from being imposing.

I was amazed at the detail in the structure and at how small the red lift looked going up and down, ummm wouldn't catch me going up it!

We then carried on down past the Musee d'Orsay right on to the Notre Dame where we got off.
We enjoyed a yummy lunch in a little restaurant over looking this great building, then we explored the area as we wanted to find a certain bookshop - The Shakespeare Company -  which has been selling English printed books for years.

Mooching around inside was an art as it was a lot smaller than we thought, but it was amazing. Upstairs were reading areas with chairs, sofas etc, though it didn't quite live up to our expectations in terms of space, and atmosphere.

After seeing the sights we got back on the boat to travel back to the Champs Elysée, my only focus was to find...nope, not the clothes or handbag shops, but the Paris Saint-Germain football club shop!

 As you can see I found it, and had to pose outside with my Bristol Rovers scarf! We went in as I wanted to buy my son a scarf, which was definitely not at Bristol Rovers prices. Lol I had a chat with the shop assistant and explained who Rovers are, but she wasn't that impressed to hear we are in League 2...well PSG are top of their league (equivalent to our top flight footy)
The L'arc de Triomphe stands proudly looking down the vast road, which was stunning with the trees displaying their autumnal wardrobes.

We looked at the shops, but I was more impressed by the architecture than the clothes etc, this caught my eye though...
Yes the famous road is home to many car showrooms and I couldn't resist going in and taking this picture of the Red Bull F1 Car from last season.

Much like the price of the handbags really, out of my league!

Once more we got back on the boat to enjoy the sights of the trip once more, it was lovely as it started to get dark so many areas were now lit up creating a different scene from the one we saw early.

Had to play around with my camera to capture this, but am so pleased I did, it was stunning. I took this on the bridge behind the Louvre (can't remember the name!).

After the disappointment of visiting the Louvre, this trip certainly made up for it. Little did we know we were going to be even more impressed by our Tuesday trip to the Musee d'Orsay! Tell you about that next time.

Take care Zo x
(Eeek look at the time best go get my layers on ready for footy!)


Pop's Cards said...

Your pictures are gorgeous hun looks really calm over there, mine are hull city supporters and are at Darby could be Derby I do not take that much notice :0) have a great weekend hugs pops x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous pic's Zoe, glad to see the Bristol rovers scarf hehe, the last pic is stunning, you should use the image on a card.
Kevin xx

Debs said...

Love the phrase 'trees displaying their autumnal wardrobes' - you're out-personifying me!!! Fab night photo too - mine aren't so good, a bit 'impressionistic' with their swirls of light! - and I agree with Kevin: use that photo on a card :0) Will update my blog and email you tomorrow (naughty me for being slack!), hope Rovers won Debs xxx