My Last Day in Paris

 

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Hi, there ! !  Just photos this time. I won’t write much  because it’s Monday, and Mondays s*ck.  Before anything else, those who are interested in reading my manga/anime site, check it out HERE.

Here are some photos of my last day in Paris…. in fact, the last day of my 30 day tour of Europe.

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I had liver pate ( I love liver ), and escargot (  fancy name for snail ).

I need to say  this , though….. tipping in Europe is massive..  We had to tip those serenaders, the waiters, the tour manager, the bus driver.  If you bought a tour package for a certain amount,  never , ever think that’s all you’re gonna spend. Some dinners aren’t free. You can opt out and not join the group, and eat at McDonald’s ,  or pay $ 75 each for a lousy  dinner in Monaco , or $ 70 in Rome. Since my cousin and I didn’t really have money , my mother had to shoulder everything , for herself, for me and my 14 year old cousin.  For the tour manager and bus driver, it was $ 14 tip each day from one tourist, and since it was a 30 – day tour,  the amount totaled $ 420 each person, and since there were 3 of us ( Mom, myself and cousin ),  we had to pay $ 1,260. Take note…. there were 50 of us in the group. Good thing credit card was accepted.  If dinner was at the hotel we were staying in, then it was free. Unfortunately,  the group always ate out , in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris,  Switzerland, Venice.  Even some tours weren’t free, like the  Rheine River cruise, etc. So, be sure to bring plenty of cash. One thing though, we drank wine like it was water, one bottle per person, I kid you not. Every night was Happy Hour.

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And one more thing,  before  Paris, I had this impression  the Mona Lisa painting was huge.  Guess what, it’s small, about a foot and a half  long

 

DSCN2023 I have tons of pics  taken at the Louvre Museum.  The Louvre was the residence of Marie Antoinette and King  Louis XIV.  The ostentatiousness was breathtaking. ” They don’t have bread ? Let them eat cake. ” , said Marie, in response to massive hunger and poverty at that time. No wonder she got her head cut off.

Alright, this is it for now.  Peace .

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My sister , Mom , and I just signed up to work for Hillary.  I walk my talk.

 

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60 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! Sounds like an awesome time!

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    • You mean the wine drinking ? he he

      Sorry for the crappy post. I just bought the Premium Plan and didn’t so, didn’t know how to navigate thru new feautures.

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  2. Amazing fact about the Mona Lisa! Sounds like a great trip.

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  3. you walk around Paris wearing heels? ha ha ha

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  4. So cool!! I want to go to Paris. Maybe after I go to Japan haha look like you had fun!!!

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  5. This looks so lovely! But WOW, that tipping is outrageous! I am going to Italy next month, but at least everything has been booked privately – no tour groups. I will bear this in mind though!

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  6. I love that you share your adventures with us. Thanks for the info about the tips.

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    • Maybe it was just our tour group. We tip a lot here in the US, as well. We were just shocked at the amount of tips we had to give to the driver and tour manager. It was unexpected.

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  7. See You in my Country ( Spain)

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  8. “No wonder she got her head cut off” – oh dear you are wonderful and besides you probably have a very good point here… 😀

    Four almost just as lovely smile in front of the Eiffel as the Mona Lisa smile inside the walls of Louvre – agree about Louvre even without the art, this building is amazing – the history hits us once we steps inside… 🙂

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  9. excellent post 🙂

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  10. I was gonna say the same thing about wandering about Paris in high heels! Ai ya! That would kill me. And I was standing almost in the *exact spot* you were when you got the photo of the Mona Lisa. I love that the only other painting in that room takes up the whole wall on the other side.

    Oh, and if you watch Doctor Who, you know, “This is a fake” is written on the canvas. 🙂

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    • Oh, right ! ! That’s the only painting on that wall ! ! ! ! !

      And if you read The Da Vinci Code, there’s a secret code on the back of the Mona Lisa painting.

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      • I loved the Louvre. That was one of those places you could spend a week visiting. Were they still allowing people to set up and make copies of paintings by painting their own?

        The one I wanted to visit, and didn’t remember until it was too late, was the Musée d’Orsay, which has a colleciton of van Goghs. That’s where “Stary Night,” one of my favorites, is kept.

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        • Awww. We didn’t go there. I mean , it wasn’t past of the tour. What a pity. I would have loved to see Van Gogh paintings in person. * shakes head * Mom and I still regret not choosing the one with Pompeii tour. I love going to archealogical sites, the ancient ruins.

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          • There was a small Roman theater in Lyon that I visited. That was pretty cool. Also went up to Montmartre, which was nice as well.

            I’ll bet you can’t guess which two characters of mine will end up spending a LOT of time in Paris? Hummmm? 😉

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  11. Looks the Paris tourism board needs to hire you! Looks like a ton of fun!

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  12. Lovely photos you have here Ren. I will check your other blog.

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  13. Love the photos… even the tirle sounds like a movie… damn… here comes the nostalgia again 😉

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  14. Looks like you had an amazing time in Paris. What great memories.
    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I am always humbled that I would be able to be used to encourage and speak to people literally all over the world.
    Where will your next adventure take you?
    Blessings,
    Cliff

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  15. Wow, “drank wine like water” – where do I sign up? Are you watching the #DemDebate this evening?

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  16. Tipping never used to be a big thing over this way but as with all things American it slowly comes over and then becomes natural. I expected something more imposing from the Mona Lisa as well although I can’t help but look over my shoulder to see what she finds so amusing when I look at it.

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    • @Disperser says in Italy, it’s an insult to give tips. But we did. We just didn’t leave the tip on the table. There was a tip bowl right there at the door. that’s where we put the money. Over here in the US, tipping is a given, even in the Philippines . Sometimes, a service charge is already added to the bill, about !0% of the total. ( I guess that’s for people who don’t have cash ) .There’s no escaping it, lol.

      I know, right ? I was surprised the Mona Lisa’s so small. But that’s the only painting hanging on the wall. Did you notice that ?

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      • I never noticed that before, perhaps other works would draw the eye and people may miss it if they weren’t being attentive. Having said that with the crowds around it, other art works would be ignored and that would be harsh.

        I wish I got tipped with books, that would probably be cheaper if they went to a second hand book shop, buy in bulk at low prices, tip freely. It’s the perfect solution.

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  17. cool – of you’re ready for Mrs Clinton!!! 🙂 who else, trump(no capitals!)?!… 😉
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    my very best and good luck in all your endeavours! cheers! 🙂

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  18. Paris is super cool

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  19. Lovely pictures. (You are quite brave to walk around in Paris with high heels) 😉 Glad you enjoy the “escargots”. A funny name? Had’n thought about that. “Snails” would be the strange word for me I guess. “Escargot” seems to come from “Provençal” escargol. Provençal was a dialect spoken on the south of France. 😉

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  20. And my compliments for signing up for Hillary. Don’t want no Sanders or Trump. No, no, no! 😉

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  21. Looking lovely dear friend ……

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