Paris Trip- Fifth Years on Tour

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Paris in the Spring

This year saw another fantastic whirlwind European Tour for the Fifth Years. The group had a packed schedule once they stepped off the plane in Airport de Charles de Gaulle. Arriving at 9 a.m. saw the group tired but ready to get going so set straight off for the centre of Paris to ascend the Arc de Triomphe. The effort of the climb had all hungry so straight to the nearby McDonalds, one of the traditional highlights of the Avenue de Champs Elysees. The hectic schedule resumed with visits to the magnificent and ancient Cathedral de Notre Dame, then back on the bus for an evening tour of Paris, picking up a guide who revealed all the fascinating stories behind the sights on the city streets. Then on to the Louvre, one of the greatest collections of art in the world, and the group cultivated their knowledge and appreciation of Art- after racing directly to see the famous Mona Lisa. Then back to hotel for much needed rest. Day 2 was Disneyland. The gang were whisked off to the theme park and entered as soon as it opened. After a day of fun, the group had to sample shopping Paris-style in the nearby Val D’Europe. Day 3 involved must-see sights, starting with Stade de France and a guided tour of the stadium. This was followed by a tour of the Versailles Palace, the sumptuous interior and gardens of the magnificent residence of the pre-revolution Kings. Then back to Paris for a romantic cruise under the bridges of the city on the boat trip along the Seine. The best views in the city are from the tower of Montparnasse so the group headed straight there for some memorable photo opportunities. Day 4, the final day, involved a visit to Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides and then on to the bohemian centre of the church of Sacre Coeur, with street artists and performers and more magnificent views. All good things must end and so the gang returned exhausted but full of great memories.