A late breakfast was enjoyed by most today and it was nice to slow down after a hectic week. Some left early for Euro Disney (and some were meant to leave early for Euro Disney) while others enjoyed the local attractions and visited some of the famous Parisian landmarks. Lots of people visited the top of the Eiffel Tower for amazing views and some selfies, whilst others went to the Louvre, art galleries and museums, cathedrals, Notre Dame, Galeries Lafayette, and local boulangeries and patisseries. There is just so much to see and do.
In the early evening we met as a group to walk to the river Seine for our farewell river cruise and dinner. Our dinner was lovely (although the 5 entrées were rather interesting), and as we laughed and ate, we also managed to try Dale’s golden bling for a snapshot! After a three-course meal we had a little time to enjoy the roof-top area where there was a refreshing breeze after a 33 degree day. Just as we left the cruise we were hit by a sudden storm, with everyone running into either the souvenir shop or (conveniently!!) the nearby pub. Many then met for drinks and merriment in the lobby bar, with lots of laughter and stories about the tour. News from today included:
- The Mona Lisa winked at Wally; probably a cheeky wink after he set one of the alarms off at the Louvre whilst trying to take pictures of artwork.
- Disaster Daryl had his arm stuck in a train door as it was departing at a busy station and he wasn’t able to get off in time, so he had to remain on the train, leaving his family on the platform until he could return later.
- Craig’s mankini has led to much laughter. Why Craig even OWNS a mankini is beyond me. We believe you that it was a gift, Craig ;0)
- Tracy was mistaken for the ‘Viking Tours’ guide in the hotel foyer by a large group of Americans and had them following her without her knowledge.
- Sharon, Karen, Bonnie, Robbie, Nelson, Kim, Dave and Barney enjoyed a fabulous night out in the Latin Quarter where a jazz band from Chicago was playing in an old vault (dungeon sounds better, doesn’t it Kim?) beneath a cathedral. Bonnie and Karen danced the night away, and the ladies were each treated with a beautiful rose from the blokes.
At 11pm local time, Alan did a live radio cross with ABC Gippsland radio back at home and was interviewed by Craig Bush who was thrilled to hear about the success of our tour. Alan reported that we had made the French newspapers and TV news with our involvement in the Ravivage de la Flamme Ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, and also in England with our success at the Whit Friday Contests. There is a link to the interview and our blog address on the ABC webpage. Dale Harriman also informed us that our local councilors from home are following his Facebook updates with great interest, support and pride, and that Senator Ian McDonald had also viewed his feed.
Only one more sleep. So sad :0(