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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Day 17 - FR

This morning we tried out the hostel breakfast today and fell in love with real French bread. It was great! After using the underground to get into the city, we had a look around the Musée d'Orsay. The queue wasn't too long and we we're soon inside.

Now I know how Caesar felt... like a piece of fish!
That's an Asterix in-joke for the unAsterixed readers

For lunch we picked up some food and ate in a park. Another experience today. I had heard of gypsies before and discovered that they are everywhere across Europe. Typically they go begging and at first it seems they are just homeless people (which they are) but turns out they are a bit more organised then what you think. One girl came up with a note in English after some money. I gave her some food instead. After not getting what she wanted, she gave me an odd look and walked off.

Australia is viewed by some as the land of the roundabouts. I tell you though, we have nothing compared to the roundabout at the base of the Arc de Triomphe. It's true that it's several lanes across and insurance companies don't extend their insurance to it. It's also entertaining to watch people navigate it. The best effort I saw was some dude in an old school mini hug the outside kerb at a good pace and had managed to travel from one side to the other in under 10 seconds leaving many others in his wake. There's a good display inside the structure about Napoleon and his exploits and the view from the top is great.

Here's five lanes of traffic with plenty of room for more

Afterwards we headed to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. It's a pretty impressive church with an equally impressive view. Fiona and I walked up to the crypt (I thought crypts were in the ground!) where we were expecting to find dead people. Not quite. Probably a good thing.

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

For dinner we returned to the hostel and headed out to a net café afterwards.

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