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Sightseeing Paris by Foot – Day 40
Wednesday 9th September 2009 – France
Woke up quite early this morning in time for breakfast. I hadn’t actually got any sleep so technically I was already awake. I showered and made my way to the breakfast room. After breakfast I packed my things and headed out for a long hike across Paris.
The guy who had been sleeping when I arrived the previous day had actually woken up by this point and went down to breakfast also. I had been up all night due to the incredible snoring from this guy. It was more like wild animal noises, and there was no rest from it, I don’t know how he doesn’t wake himself up more.
Anyway, I set out with a much lighter bag today and made for the first sight of the day. It took about an hour to walk there from the hostel. It was OK but there was a great view across the city from here. I made next for the sights around the river, including many amazing buildings and ornaments. You can turn in any direction in this city and see something of interest, its incredible. I made several plans for a route to the next attraction but every time I did, I ended up finding somewhere else to go first. There is just so much to see.
Some of the sights were near huge roundabouts. I’ve seen them on TV before but its great to see them up close. It seems there is no real right of way on the roads, you just plough on into the roundabout and hope nobody is in your way. I saw an accident while I was there. It is literally crazy.
Upon arrival at the Eiffel Tower, I was already entirely shattered. My feet were about to fall off and my legs were dead. I had been walking all day. It was good to see the tower, although I bet it would be better to see in the dark with all the lights on. The queues for the museum and especially the tower were immense and I didn’t fancy the wait. I would probably end up regretting not going up but I didn’t really have the time. There is a lot of romance about Paris, obviously, and a few weddings were in progress throughout the city, with couples opting for photos by the tower. Other couples also embraced each other around the tower.
I set off back to the hostel and made it back at about 6pm. I had been walking since 10am this morning and I needed a rest. I got to the room and surprise surprise, guess who was fast asleep snoring his head off??! Never mind. I had my dinner and planned the next stage of my route. The Australian guy walked in at this point and we were chatting about the day. He had also been walking about, but saw fewer sights and was able to take the walk up to the first stage of the tower, but turned back when he saw the queues for the lifts.
It was a good day and I was pleased I saw as much as I had, but I had to sleep now, if I could.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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