Continues on - following Montpellier
16.12.2013 - 17.12.2013 12 °C
It's too hard to squeeze everything in - I'll get back to the other adventures from Montpellier when/if time permits.
We're in Paris, the sun never gets over the yard arm - it doesn't even get half way up to the yard arm!
Yesterday we had a long train journey from the south to the north of France - I guess about 800 km at speeds up to about 250 km/hr. They are awesome trains, the poor old Spirit of Progress was never this good. Most of the way I read my Norton's Anthology of English Literature, Volume 2, so I'm very temporarily an expert on William Blake, Robbie Burns, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Wordsworth - 194 pages of 2,543 pages read!
We are at Maisons-Laffitte - about 18 km from the centre of Paris. After the luxury of our last accommodation, we have to adapt to a small apartment on the first floor. M-L has a 2.2 km racecourse (the Hippodrome) - it's grass - all in a straight line; the longest in the world, and it runs along the banks of the Seine. None of this clock-wise vs anti-clockwise nonsense for them! There are other race tracks in town too, but the Hippodrome is its' most famous. Mercifully, the horses are spelled over winter.
Today we went to town - first stop: the Cimetiere de Pere Lachaise in the 20e Arrondissment (sorry, I don't know how to add accents, and fighting the American spell check is painful); we paid our respects to Jim Morrison, Fredrick Chopin and Oscar Wilde, and gave up the search for others because we were too mean to spend 2.50 Euro to buy a map. From a high point we could see the Eiffel Tower on the other side of central Paris.
We walked down to the Place de la Republic, had some crepes and coffee + hot chocolate. Then the train home - why don't we have trains half this good in Melbourne? There's not enough people buying local cars in Australia to keep General Motors running, so why don't the governments build railways and cut down on the balance of payments cash hemorrhaging out of the country to buy imported cars?
This evening we walked down town (down Maisons-Laffitte town) to look at the Christmas lights and have dinner.
I'll post some more photos very soon, even though they are getting out of synch with the blog.
Bridget's going into Paris tomorrow to see Amy who has been polishing her French at school in Belgium since the start of the year.