Paris (28 May - June 6,  2002)

New Zealand

Les Bournizeaux


Chloe has now done Paris. She has really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, and now that she has done that (from a distance), she is ready to leave. I think she would have been happy if the TGV train that we took from Bordeaux had just circled around the tower before leaving again. 

We're here for another nine days. 

feeding the birds at Notre Dame

Mona Lisa

Notre Dame

Andrew and Paul

We found a nice suite in the Hotel Excelsior right next to the Sorbonne in the Quartier Latin. The location is wonderful - a short walk to the Jardin de Luxembourg, a few more steps to Notre Dame Cathedral, and a few blocks to the Louvre. 

Like London, we visited all the tourist sites: Notre Dame (including feeding the birds), Sacré Coeur and Montmartre, the Louvre, the Eiffel tower, Palais Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe. We heard an organ recital at Notre Dame, played baseball in Jardin de Luxembourg, and took a Bateaux Mouche cruise on the Seine. We loved the architecture and art - you almost can't turn any corner in old Paris without seeing another incredible building or statue.  We also loved the street performers: excellent musicians and painters, and some very funny entertainers. 

My nephew Andrew is traveling through England and France with his school friend Paul Watson. We managed to meet them in Paris for a few days. Much to the amusement of my kids, I have had to reluctantly give up my title of being the tallest Carlson (after a 25 year reign) to Andrew. 

Mark, Heather and I went to Paris Disneyland on our last day. We had already been to Disneyland in Anaheim a few years ago, and to our eyes the entrance and main street is brick for brick identical to the California Disneyland. We went to the excellent "Honey, I shrunk the audience" 3D movie, but otherwise the kids were not that impressed with Disneyland. They much preferred the other amusement parks that we have visited on this trip. 

 Off to York to visit Sarah's Great Aunts.