"I Know What You're Going To Say" - France Sept 2019 - Update 11/21 Seine River Dinner Cruise

Dis_Yoda

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After Hours at the Louvre

We met up with our group to head over by bus to the Louvre. Part of me thought this was extremely silly as the Louvre was at most a 10 minute walk away from the hotel…granted my ankle was happy for that but well, I could have managed. We parked in the bus parking under the Louvre and headed inside to meet with our guides from the Louvre. The museum was closing for the general public and the only people inside were Tauck guests - those from our tour group along with what looked like 3 groups of people from other Tauck tours but we didn’t really see them anywhere but near the Mona Lisa.






We headed towards the Sculptures first.















And then towards various periods of artwork.










And then the crown jewel of the Louvre where we had zero wait to see it and could take as many photos as we want or video. This is when I learned it was actually painted on wood and not canvas as well as my favorite guest whining about the Tomato lady making it that it has to be behind glass now. I rather it be humidity controlled as much as possible, lady.



We had about 2 hours at the Louvre with the tour guide. I wish we had more time or that we could have seen the ancient Egyptian or Asian art but I get why they kept us to the ancient sculptures and Italian and French painters as that is what most people care about anyway.​
 

Dis_Yoda

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Heavy Snacks at Hotel

After the Mona Lisa, we headed back towards the bus to go home. The sun was starting to set. I forgot how much later they have sunsets due to their location on Earth - I've lived in Florida for too long!





Due to the time back at the hotel, we had a heavy snack provided for us. We knew it was coming so we planned on that being dinner that evening and it was more than enough. It was the same dining room as the evening before but much less fancy and there was a lack of rocks in these dishes. It was more than enough to fill us up. My husband stole most of my fries so I stole the rest of his salad. I haven’t a clue what was in the finger sandwiches but I remember I only enjoyed half of them and the one of the others was the strangest flavors I’ve ever had and I couldn’t place what it was.


Finger Sandwiches


French Fries


Salad


Cookies & Shortbread

It was past 11pm by the time this was done so after our cookies, we went to bed! We abstained from alcohol as I remembered what our bill was from the night before.​
 
  • kastoney

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    Just be rude to strangers and you won’t have that problem.
    So just me myself. Good plan :P

    he youngest person in the tour would be the one to fall....Luckily I did have my ankle brace on as I was wearing it when I knew there would be a lot of walking so it wasn’t as bad as it could be. Initially I think I was more embarrassed than hurt so I took photos and went on my way.
    Oh no! Hope it doesn't bother you too much. You've certainly had a time with that ankle.

    Hey, it's the Washington Monument :D

    You sure this is yours? :P

    he museum was closing for the general public and the only people inside were Tauck guests - those from our tour group along with what looked like 3 groups of people from other Tauck tours but we didn’t really see them anywhere but near the Mona Lisa.
    Wow, that is awesome that you had the place to yourselves even if it was for a short amount of time.

    Nice smile!

    Heavy Snacks at Hotel
    This made me laugh because for me snacks are never not heavy

    We abstained from alcohol as I remembered what our bill was from the night before.
    Good for your wallet, sad for your liver :D
     

    2xcited2sleep

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    "Be rude to strangers" … travel advice noted. ;) How cool to get a private tour. I didn't realize the Mona Lisa was painted on wood vs. canvas. Any meal or snack involving French fries is good in my book!!
     

    Dis_Yoda

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    So just me myself. Good plan :P
    I think you can handle that well!

    Oh no! Hope it doesn't bother you too much. You've certainly had a time with that ankle.
    Yeah - at this point its just funny and part of life. At least I was prepared with my athletic ankle brace.

    Hey, it's the Washington Monument :D
    Totally! Just a quick flight there and back!

    You sure this is yours? :P
    Nope! It was the table next to us. I never eat shrimp :)

    Wow, that is awesome that you had the place to yourselves even if it was for a short amount of time.
    Yes! It was awesome. We probably got a lot more seen in that short amount of time than if we were on our own.

    Nice smile!


    This made me laugh because for me snacks are never not heavy
    They are never not heavy for me either. I'm just glad it was enough for dinner since it was so late!

    Good for your wallet, sad for your liver :D
    My liver gets abused heavily the next day don't you worry ;)

    "Be rude to strangers" … travel advice noted. ;) How cool to get a private tour. I didn't realize the Mona Lisa was painted on wood vs. canvas. Any meal or snack involving French fries is good in my book!!
    Well, that travel advice is only for where you need to worry about pick pockets and such so those major places that everyone flocks to. The smaller areas not so much.

    I loved the private tour as it was one of the things that made Tauck special. We got similar treatment in Rome with the Vatican.

    My husband is a French Fry fiend so he was very happy with this snack. Still not sure I got the better part of the deal as he stole my fries for part of his salad. At least what I got was kinda healthy.
     

    Dis_Yoda

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    Musee d’Orsay

    My husband and I went down for breakfast since our dinner was light and we figured we could skip having a real lunch as we had our farewell dinner this evening. Just look at all the food we were given...bread, more bread, tea, fruit and I had crepes and my husband had an omelet as well.






    We boarded our bus to head to the Musee d’Orsay and as we were a group, we were allowed in about 30 minutes before the general public was so it was nice to get through the initial main areas without the crowds.




    Our guide talked to us about how the Museum was originally a railway station that was built for the 1900 Paris World Fair but as the trains grew bigger and WWII happened, it wasn’t used as much and was going to be torn down and turned into a hotel. Luckily someone stopped that planned and put it on the list of Historic Monuments and the idea to turn it into a museum was born. It was to be an art museum between the traditional art in the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art.




    We began by looking at some of Manet’s work such as The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia.

    We also were taken to Gustava Courvet’s Origin of the World where my husband and I got to laugh at some of our tourmates. If you don’t know this painting, just know it isn’t safe to research at work. But Mrs.. “never let your husband see you in face cream” was so offended by it I got the biggest grin. Then again, they were offended by some of the sculptures the night before as well like the beautiful woman that was really a man in the Greek section.









    We went around to other various painters and the ballroom that used to play music.

    Upstairs we saw works from Monet, van Gogh, Caillebotte, Gauguin and others.












    As time went on, it got more crowded and our guide kept reminding us to keep an eye out for pickpockets. One member of our group actually caught someone canvassing for easy pickings. We then had the rest of the time on our own to explore more or head elsewhere. We turned in our headsets to our guide that we’ve had for the past 12 days and went to the gift shop before figuring out our next moves. I picked up a Starry Night Fan & a Monet Puzzle as my Paris Souvenirs.​
     
  • Dis_Yoda

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    Easy Afternoon

    Rather than wait for the group, we decided to take a stroll back to our hotel across the Seine. We walked one of the bridges and headed into the Tuileries Gardens. My husband paid attention to them as he figured it might be a good place to run later since it was across the street from our hotel.





    Near our hotel was the First English Bookshop established on the Continent so we explored that some and my husband picked up a book to read on his travels.




    Next door was Angelina’s which is apparently really famous hot chocolate. I had asked for extra whipped cream as my husband is obsessed with whipped cream but I ended up being really glad we did as that hot chocolate was super rich. I needed the whipped cream to help cut that richness and lighten it up. I’m glad we got a small one!



    Back at the hotel, we had the concierge pull the list of “VOFR” showings of “It: Chapter 2” for nearby movie theaters. That is the version that is shown in English but with French subtitles. One of the theaters playing that version wasn’t too far from the hotel so we headed in that direction after a quick break in the room. My husband stopped by Zara near the theater and got himself a new long sleeve pullover shirt and a button down as he wanted more grown up clothes.






    At the theatre, we got some snacks as our lunch for the day. Their popcorn was either salty or sweet and butter wasn’t an option. We went with a salt popcorn, Coke Zero and these Kit-Kats Balls. The movie theater itself had small seats so if you aren’t skinny - they may not be very comfortable at all for you but we made it work.

    We really enjoyed the movie and walked back to the hotel. Our room had cookies left for us that were wonderful as well.



    I took a nice long bath to help soak my ankle as it wasn’t happy and I still had Disneyland Paris to enjoy and two races to do. I make bad life choices. Don’t do what I do. I also got a very short nap in since it was vacation.​
     

    Dis_Yoda

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    Farewell Seine River Cruise

    We got dressed up and headed to the bus for our final event of the Tauck Tour - a farewell Seine River Cruise. We got on the Mississippi River Boat (a name all of us were amused by) and they had an open bar along with some passed appetizers available. Let’s just say I had many many glasses of champagne. I also had many shrimps from the appetizers and I can’t remember what the other two were as I didn’t eat any. I’m sure one was a veggie option and the other was probably some type of meat.





    We hung out outside as we passed many of the sites along the river.






    We were eventually called to our table to eat. We sat with some of the people we enjoyed during the trip. So one of the solo travelers forgot to circle her appetizer selection and the server didn’t make any mention to her. My husband gave her his vegetables as he didn’t care about what he ate. This confused the waitress but in the end, he got his vegetables as well. My dish was odd. I couldn’t figure out if I liked it or didn’t. I probably should have gotten a different option. My husband did like the vegetables when he finally got his serving. (He believes in the females are served first in nice restaurants and to wait to eat until everyone is served)


    Poultry “Terrine” with Foie Gras Stuffing, Salads & Red Wine Marinated Onions


    Soft & Crunchy Vegetables

    We noticed we were passing Notre Dame so everyone at our table left to get a photo and then we got in trouble for holding up dinner. I like being a troublemaker!


    Notre Dame

    My husband and I went with the same option for our main. Luckily, there wasn’t a ton of mushrooms in the stuffing so I survived (@kastoney knows the feeling) but what really was the star of this dish was the zucchini cannelloni and when my husband didn’t touch his nor did another table mate - they both were stolen by me. That champagne had totally kicked in as all my manners were gone.


    Mushroom stuffed filet of chicken with zucchini cannelloni & black truffle sauce

    We all left our table again for pretty photos until we got the ‘look.’ by the wait staff.




    My husband and I both got the same dessert and it was awesome. What's not to love about chocolate or vanilla?


    Chocolate Crunch w/ Vanilla Flavored Dome

    After dessert, we all headed back out for photos. You can probably tell how much wine I had with the redness in our faces...


    We do exist!

    We got to see the Eiffel Tower Night Time show which was such an amazing way to end the journey.





    And with that, we ported and our Tauck trip was over. We got copies of the group photo along with contact information of everyone in the group if we wanted to contact them (to date, I’ve talked to no one other than sending copies of my Rouen photos to the North Carolina couple who had camera issues that day but I’m ok with that)

    We slept great that night thanks to the Champagne.​
     



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