15.05.2014 - 16.05.2014 15 °C
Well, our trip is quickly coming than end. We have arrived in Lyon for a quick overnight stop before we head to our last destination, Paris. It was a long driving day made more exciting with Bec's insistence on playing games. Lots of fun and laughs on the coach while doing crazy and silly things!
The excitement builds with our first views of Paris. It is interesting that the city of Paris sign is a full 75 km. before we actually see the Eiffel Tower. And what a sight it is to see! The Eiffel Tower was selected as the iconic structure to be built for the World Expostion in the late 1800's. Funny that the runner-up of a Eiffel Tower sized guillotine didn't get selected.
We were given a driving tour of Paris which highlighted Miki's driving skills. For those of you who might think of the crazy traffic on Deerfoot Trail is crazy, you should try the chaos around the Arc d'Triomphe. Check out the photos taken of the Tower when your traveller gets home! It was time for a pre-dusk group photo and then up the tower. It was a windy night but most everyone made it to the top of the tower of outstanding views of the city. The tower sparkles every hour which provided some great photos.
The next day began with a stop at a French perfume factory and then everyone had the rest of the day to explore this city of love and lights. Some of the highlights of the day included walks along the Champs d'Elyesse, trips to the Louvre, Notre Dame and Montmarte.
No trip to Paris would be complete without stops to try some of Paris's culinary delights. French Onion Soup, escargot, creme brûlée and crepes! Personally, I love the idea that the Fromagerie, the charcuterie and the patisserie are all located together. Ooh la la! And the bread is almost indescribable. One of our group tried four different types of crepes in the one day she had in Paris. Our culinary and baking students were over the moon to see and try the croissants, pastries and macaroons from Laduree. One creme brûlée was describe as the best desert EVER!
On our last night most of the group was off to the Nouvelle Eve dinner and show. Most everyone has heard of the Moulin Rouge which is priced a bit out of everyone's price range. We had an outstanding time at our show. The group headed off to celebrate the end of the trip with our tour manager, Bec.
And so our journey together has come to an end. At the beginning of the trip Bec told us that for 80% of the visitors to Europe never return. In conversations with our students I would venture to guess that the reverse statistics would be more realistic. Hopefully 100% of them will be back to explore one or more of the eight European countries we visited. Many are already making plans for at least one return visit!
We hope you have enjoyed reading the blog. Till next time, thanks for joining us on our adventures. Lastly, we would like to give a huge 'shout out' to Bec and Miki who shared Europe with us. Their passion for what they do has given us all a new appreciation for the hospitality and tourism industry.