09.08.2010 - 09.08.2010 24 °C
Got up at 7:15 am. Still tired as I didn't have the best sleep last night. I was restless and my right ankle was quite sore. Had to stretch out my quads a lot and that helped. I went to bed somewhere around 1 am and then woke up around 4:45 am to what sounded like huge raindrops on the roof. It wasn't raining and I am not on the top floor so I don't know what caused the sound.
Anyways got ready for breakfast and then I was leaving immediately after to go to the Pyramides station to go on the Cityrama City Tour.
Got a little turned around when I exited the train station and asked a stranger and then she pointed me in the right direction. Some people say that the French are not too friendly. I find that so far if you approach things correctly for the most part they are very nice people. I generally ask "Parlez-vous Francais?" and generally the response I get back is "un peu" or a little and everyone has been pretty helpful. Some do say no and then I practice my French and we are then able to figure it out. When I have asked for help from someone that does not speak much English they have been good enough to find someone who does.
Got to Cityrama in plenty of time, about 1/2 an hour prior to the start. In the meantime I got a text message from my girlfriend Margy who resides in France. She was just testing that the text got to me. I happily responded to her.
The tour got off at 10:00 am or pretty close to that. Met a nice couple of Aussies with their young son. They had been to Vancouver last year and loved it and Whistler. Husband commented that if he had to live anywhere else he would live there. Said he really loves our transit system. Likes that we are environmental. Thought that that was the nicest thing.
Margy will be arriving today and is going to be meeting me somewhere close to where I was.
I like this tour much more as there was a lot more as there was a lot more information given to us and much more detail. We also saw more so this is a tour that I would recommend. We saw Opera Square, Vendome Square, Concorde Square, Champs-Elysees Avenue, Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Invalides, d'Orsay Museum, Grand Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sorbonne, Pantheon, Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Rue des Pyramides.
Got back at about 11:20 am. A few text messages and phone calls and then we sorted ourselves out and I went off to the fountain in the Jardin des Tuileries to meet Margy.
Long last I am here in France to see my longtime girlfriend Margy. Another item on my Bucket List fulfilled.