Lines, lines, everywhere are lines!
You were expecting perhaps . . . Versailles? Or maybe Notre Dame? Oh yes, there were lines in those places, but our first line was waiting for a taxi to our motel after arriving in Paris, for over an hour! I didn't think to take a photo earlier, when the line was still inside the rail station. This is on the "home stretch" when we had managed to get from the inside, to the outside, then up one side of the covered walkway (we estimate about 40 yards long) and finally, down to the waiting taxis! The ride was about 20 minutes, and I have no idea if that was the long way or the short way, but at least we were back to driving on the right side of the road!
|Chilling in the London hotel room|
Breakfast, however, was quite good, and very hearty! Much needed, as touring London took huge amounts of energy! Westminster Abbey was breathtaking, and of course Buckingham Palace grand. But, my favorite photos are not the expected, so here are a few!
|This business discourages loitering . . . recommended that you don't sit here!|
This is what surrounds Buckingham Palace. Serious looking spikes, under barbed wire fencing!
I absolutely loved London! The people were so apologetic: "So sorry!" if someone bumped into you, and "Mind the gap" as a warning when stepping from the train. Nearly every sentence seemed to be asked as a question, as if they really cared what you thought! The hotel wait staff bent over backwards to attend to our every desire when dining at breakfast. You almost forgave them for their outrageous prices! I was a little sad to leave England and catch the train for Paris.
Paris . . . the city of lines. I know, it's also the city of lights, and the city of love, but mostly, it's no matter what you are doing. The only place we didn't wait in a line today was the Louvre . . . and that's because it was closed! We plan to get an early start tomorrow. We visited Notre Dame today, and attempted to view Musee d'Orsay, but the lines were incredibly long, or so we thought. Instead we boarded the train for Versailles, and realized we didn't really know what long lines were! We waited well over an hour, but, it was unbelievably opulent, almost over the top by the time we had finished viewing.
We also spent about 30 minutes in line, waiting to use a "free" street toilet. I'd had two cups of exceptionally good coffee at breakfast, and restrooms are not easy to come by in Paris.
A small portion of the line waiting to enter Versailles . . . multiply by, oh, about 10, or maybe 20!
Today was another eight mile day, and it seems like half of those miles were steps up and down to enter and change the metro trains. Both London and Paris have the trains down to a science. They were a fast, really fast, way to get around the city, and not that difficult to figure out. I don't think we waited more than five minutes for a train to any of our destinations since arriving in Europe. Due to the long train ride, and losing an hour, I only logged three miles yesterday. We have one more full day in Paris, and plan to meet with Nick's parents for dinner. (Nick and Kailyn have helped us immensely to figure out trains and basically navigate our way around Paris.) On Thursday, we take our lives in our own hands and are renting a car for a Normandy road tour, four days of David behind the wheel, and three women telling him where to go! I'm sure he can hardly wait!