London and Paris Vacation – Traveling Robert



hello everybody coming to you today from the very heart of London Bonjour from Paris riding riding riding riding with my RB by RB wherever I want to be you guys I'm free in my RV greetings from the Miami International Airport today we are flying across the pond to London to be exact with this short layover at listen for a change our flight is delayed so what better way to pass the time then having a cold one while we wait I was supposed to get a window seat but the plane has this kind of gimmicky and fuzzy but way cool this place is showing the view from the cockpit it is almost as good as having a window it is a good idea to stretch your legs on a long flight like this one how well by visiting the lavatory so that's what I'm doing besides well you know we get a pretty good dinner with a choice of fish and pasta and a decent breakfast and even though it is the most uncomfortable flight I have ever been on it goes by pretty quickly in just under seven hours we are landing in Lisbon Portugal we are at this one airport in Portugal another country – at my list our connecting flight is delayed again due to a pilot strike but eventually they take us on this bus – a plane which is parked way back by the runway and off we go again this time I managed to get a Windows sit and we get a spectacular view of Lisbon as the plane takes off as the plane turns it is almost like the pilot is giving us an aerial tour of the city on purpose the bridge over the Tahoe River estuary does have a striking resemblance to the Golden Gate in San Francisco and it was actually built by the same company that built the Bay Bridge in that same city let's go back instant replay style and see all this from my mom's camera point of view she is sitting a few rows further back another sit arranged main screw up we get fed one more time it is almost too much food and we finally land at London Heathrow Airport we take a black cab to our Airbnb flat in Greenwich is that a game of cricket I hear in the background after over an hour and more than a hundred pounds later we arrived at our flat in Greenwich we'll take an uber next time the flat is actually quite nice as an Airbnb and the kitchen has everything we need even an espresso machine let me continue showing you around the flat that's British for apartment by the way now we go out into the neighborhood Google says there's a supermarket nearby but to be honest I think we're lost hello everybody I have arrived here we have arrived here at London and well this is not the most attractive of places here we are looking for a supermarket we were originally going to go to a the British Museum but had a series of problems getting here strike by the ER line pilots etc so we have arrived here and too late to go to the bridge museum today but we'll go tomorrow or the day after where I have no idea where we are we're looking for a Tesco supermarket to buy some supplies we went to a Tesco and bought some supplies and now we're going back to the apartment and tomorrow hopefully we'll be able to see a lot more of the great landmarks this city has to offer don't be misled by the attractiveness of this little stretch of town here by their Deptford Creek and the railroad tracks at the neighbourhood is actually quite lovely we wish we had more time to explore it good morning from Greenwich let's head out to London we walk a short distance towards the river to take the Clipper to the city centre Greenwich is actually real pretty here we stumble upon the Cutty Sark one of the last sailing T Clippers ever to be built before they started using steam for locomotion or whatever the naval term is here's our view from the pier the toll pyramid is the shard the tallest building in the city and I believe also in all of Western Europe right here next to the pier we see the Royal Naval College and the University of Greenwich I think our vote is coming off we go cruising along the Thames River here we see Britain's second tallest building at one Canada square as we pass by the Canary Wharf business district and out in the distance we see the iconic Tower Bridge I think this is really efficient of us taking this clipper it saves us time instead of taking a dedicated River cruise for tourists we are seeing all the same sights from a mode of public transportation pretty cool after we passed the Tower Bridge the warship to the right is the HMS Belfast of Second World War prominence yep [Applause] as we start going under the Millennium Bridge we also see the dome of st. Paul's Cathedral this is such a stereotypical London weather day overcast and grey Owen it is a little fog actually I've learned that the famous London fog is actually a myth it was caused by pollution from the coal mine chimneys in the 19th century so it doesn't happen anymore we approach Westminster and it is time for us to get off the boat we are getting on the London Eye the giant Ferris wheel next to the Thames River as we continue gaining altitude we start enjoying great views of the city from this higher vantage point the will rotating ever so slowly it takes about half an hour to complete one whole revolution we see Westminster down there and let me zoom in on this double-decker bus I will see lots of them we can also see Buckingham Palace the square in front of it packed with tourists waiting for the changing of the guard ceremony our 30-minute ride on this 135 meter tall coca-cola commercial is coming to an end the serene ride on the London Eye will set you back about 30 pounds yeah about a pounds per minute it does include a 5 minute long before deep movie whether it's worth it or not I leave it entirely up to you I think I would do it once like today on my first visit to London next time I'll spend that money on some fish and chips and the London pride there hmm for sure hello everybody coming to you today from the very heart of London we walk across the westminster bridge to the north bank of the river along with the hundreds of other tourists in the area here we arrived at Westminster Abbey the famous gothic Church here in London and I really wanted to go inside but the line is over an hour and they don't even let you take pictures or video inside so as much as I wanted to see it forget about it we will content ourselves contemplating its anticlimactic facade we continue walking towards Parliament Square with its statue of Mahatma Gandhi also they have a statue of Churchill and all the tourists are taking pictures we wanted to continue exploring this area but we are getting really hungry and a little tired of walking around so we take an over we are going to eat at a typical fish and chips a place a chippy as it is also known colloquially and the rockin Seoul place it is one of the oldest ones in town very good foreign service since we are in the neighborhood we walk down to the Covent Garden area at the center of it all there is this former fruit and vegetable market in nowadays this popular shopping district and restaurants and it's touristy site let's admit it we continue walking south until we reach the Strand at one of London's main arteries the road actually dates back to the Roman times and then it was also used in the Middle Ages and this is exact white lines on London streets are there actually to alert drivers of possible pedestrians crossing the street in the area who would have thunk it we continue towards Trafalgar Square the area is also very lively and touristy with street musicians and performers right here in front of the National Portrait Gallery the name of the square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar of the Napoleonic war at the center here we have Nelson's column now coming to you from Trafalgar Square here in London and as you can see behind me the National Gallery and we're gonna continue roaming the streets of this great city here also they usually hold too many demonstrations and most importantly the New Year's celebrations we decide to hop on the public transportation so we go down to the underground to get a something called an oyster cart at the oyster cart is a rechargeable card that you can use on the underground and also on the bus system we take one of the double-decker buses going east on the Strand towards st. Paul's Cathedral we are now riding in one of the classic double-decker buses and we have managed to get into one of the real old buses we're off by st. Paul's Cathedral Queen Anne's statue is right in front of it we make an attempt to go inside but it is almost 20 pounds and they don't let you film inside either so we decided not to go inside st. Paul's after all yeah we follow the crowds towards the Millennium Bridge which is a modern pedestrian only passage which opened on June of 2000 and it's named millennium there you go there's the sugar people they also have these people with discards selling roasted nuts it seems to be a thing here I'm sure I was saying something profound than inspiring about the bridge but unfortunately my microphone malfunctioned okay let me try to overdub err some post Cathedral behind me and the Thames River the walkie-talkie the chard you get the idea the bridge was very wobbly when he first opened so they had to close it down for two more years to eliminate the water it finally reopened in 2002 here we also passed by Shakespeare's Globe it's a replica of the 1599 Globe Theatre which was built by the plane company to which Shakespeare belonged we hop on an uber we're going to work the Tower of London which is not that far but we want to waste no time besides mother is tired the Tower of London is this historic castle on the north bank of the river and there is a major tourist attraction here in London it houses the crown jewels of England many prisoners including Queen and Bolin entered through here the traders gate we have some refreshments they taking a quick break here overlooking the shard which is where we intend to end our day today while we are here let's walk towards the Tower Bridge here we see the London City Hall this funky-looking building on the other side of the river and we arrive and go across the bridge at this iconic landmark is a bascule and suspension bridge and it dates back to the late 19th century it was an engineering marvel when it was completed and more roasted nuts carts we take yet another human doors discharge in order to get to the building we must go through the London Bridge station and here we are now this place is expensive it is 25 pounds to get to the top really 25 pounds that is almost $40 u.s. everybody I am coming to you from the shard the tallest building in Western Europe here we are ending our day to continue my rant about this place and the price I think out of all the places we've have visited here in London so far this one is quite a ripoff 25 pounds for just standing around the top floor behind some somewhat dirty glass yes the views are pretty impressive even on this somewhat gray and hazy day but I don't think it's worth 40 bucks sorry which is the underground also known as the tube in order to get back to our Greenwich flat at the bank station we switch to the DLR or the Docklands Light Rail is the system of automated trains that goes to this further area where we're staying as night falls we approach our destination in East London we end the day at this local pub here in Greenwich called The MITRE and I discovered my new favourite London ale it is called London pride good morning today we continue exploring London we take the DLR once again and get off at the Canary Wharf station the station is actually quite nice with this elliptical glass roof we are at Canada square here in the Canary Wharf which is a major business district here in London we walk towards the tube station here we take the Jubilee lying towards the green park this is definitely the fastest and most efficient way to travel in the city but you are on the ground so there's no scenery we got off at the Green Park station and walk along this long passageways to the exit with a light mist coming down as the name of the station suggests we emerge at Green Park it is one of the Royal parks here in London it is very close to Buckingham Palace which is coincidentally where we're going all these people seem to be here for the same reason we are to witness the changing of the guard ceremony there's really not a whole lot going on so either we are too early or what's more likely late the band is playing inside though let's get a little closer I don't really know what's going on but this is kind of tall now they stopped playing well we're standing right here next to the gate so should I ask these two guys what's going on maybe not they have started playing again and it looks like they are coming out so let's try to get a good spot so many tourists are waiting here for this I really hope it is worth it but not only did we get here late we got a horrible viewing spot thank goodness for my selfie stick but still we're too far away yep that was it I'm surrounded here by all this disappointed tourists who couldn't see anything I don't really see what the big deal is I mean the band sounds nice it's a tradition it's it's a thing you know what it's a thing self is really a thing nowadays hello everybody and greetings from London once again our second full day here and I'm standing in front of the booking ham Palace and we just witness sort of the changing of the guard we arrived a little late and now we're going to continue roaming the streets of this great city and show you lots more by the way take a look at all the TV stations back there because today was the was it today or yesterday the birth of the Royal baby seems to be a big deal around this place so see you later here we are going across this great white Avenue called the mall it goes from here all the way to Trafalgar Square we walk along st. James Park looking for a restroom or water closet or the loo as they call it here by the way brings / change the loo ain't free the park is quite beautiful even on this overcast day we walk to this street called Pall Mall which is parallel to the mall and we take an uber towards the British Museum here we pass by Piccadilly Circus on the way which is considered a London's version of Times Square but nah not really in some ways it kind of reminds me of Porta del Sol in Madrid for some reason but nah it's not that either I guess it is its own thing it is basically a meeting place surrounded by some tourist traps theaters restaurants and the great giant electronic billboard we are at the British Museum mega line this has to be one of the greatest museums in the world the amount of ancient relics they hold that this place is truly overwhelming by the way entrance is free as we enter the first thing we see is the great court which is a Europe's largest covered square it is supposedly larger than a football field we go around the reading room which is this round structure in the middle originally a great study hall where many famous people such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and even Karl Marx and Lenin did some of their research too much research may be about we are going to enter the West Wing this is where all the Egyptian Assyrian and Greek artifacts are located as we entered the Egyptian gallery here's the piece de resistance the rosetta stone which was discovered in 1799 without this piece of rock we may have never been able to translate the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs it has the same text in ancient Egyptian at the top medieval Egyptian in the center and Greek at the bottom since we already knew the bottom two languages it was relatively easy to decipher the hieroglyphs at the top the meaning of which were a mystery until this great discovery in 1799 the rosetta stone an ancient version of google translate if you will we continue towards the right and here we see this statue of Ramesses ii this is the guy who gave Moses a hard time liberating the Hebrew slaves this was actually just the top of a much larger statue next we go into this area dedicated to Egyptian animals which they worshiped as incarnations of the gods this ram here represents the god Amun protecting a fragile human pharaoh the cat represents the goddess Bastet goddess of jewelry dance music and love and the protection of Pharaohs in battle the busy goddess all these boxes made out of stone that's where they used to put the mummies this huge granite scarab beetle here at the end of the gallery was a symbol of Resurrection and the Rising Sun this is apparently because the Buddha would go into the ground and then reappear like the Sun rising and setting like like diamond resurrection okay let's go to the second floor to see actual mummies along this exquisite Turkish and North African mosaics which dates back to the second century and here we have it the painting that inspired the walk like an Egyptian cliche it is called Naboo mom hunting in the marshes from about 1350 BC the stiff Egyptian look is accomplished by the torso being painted from the front perspective and everything else in profile because they didn't know how to paint any better we continue walking along all these glass cases displaying all these mummies and coffins and statues and here we see the x-ray image of the inside of this coffin that's pretty cool his Man Ray here is known to scientists as ginger or the gabbling man he was 18 to 21 years old when he died but he wasn't artificially mummified like the rest of the mummies he was naturally preserved by being buried in the dry sand with all his organs intact as well as some of his possessions apparently he died at around 3,600 BC that's 1,000 years before the pyramids impressive that we can still see his red hair we see more coffins burial sites artifacts paintings animal sculptures we go back down to the main gallery this lung closed fisted hand belonged to a colossal statue and here's the head of that statue with its crown over and more and more statues as we walk along the small one stood at the door of a burial place now we're moving to the Assyrian exhibition these two human headed winged lions are our welcoming committee they originally guarded the palace around 860 BC in what nowadays is Iraq and now here we are at the numerate gallery here we see examples of the first ever written language the Conny form writing which was invented 5,000 years ago by the Sumerians in southern Mesopotamia way way before the Assyrians we exit the Assyrian gallery along this winged Bulls from the palace of Sargon next we are going into the great gallery Wow we stand before a Greek temple this one in particular is called the narrate monument from Sanctus which is over was in southwest Turkey it has all the elements of the standard Greek temple the pediment which is the triangle at the top the frieze that goes all around and the meta piece which are the relief rock slabs these statues of exquisite craftsmanship were originally on the temple as well you can tell attention was paid to the rendering of the wet clothes now we are here at the main hall with all this carved reliefs and statues which are called the Elgin marbles most of them were made by Creek sculptor Phidias and his assistants and they originally decorated the greatest temple of all the Parthenon which still stands at the Acropolis in Athens but what's left of it anyways first we have this relief panels which were part of the frieze they represent a parade celebrating the birth of the city all these panels were originally painted in bright colors and it must have been quite a sight to see them all around the temple at the far end of this hall we have the pediment sculptures they supposedly depict the moment where the Syrian the goddess Athena were born the Greek gods lounging at a banquet even though the backs of these statues were never meant to be seen they still show pretty good detail Steve Jobs would be proud finally the metal piece originally above the columns and many of them depicting humans fighting centaurs they symbolize the struggle between civilization and barbarism the things we learn by the way curious to know how all this stuff ended up here but this guy Thomas Bruce the seventh Earl of Alken use somewhat dubious legal grounds and controversial methods and removed half of the pertinent sculptures and sold them to the British Museum in the early eighteen hundreds a lot of them were later damaged during the cleaning process and now Greece wants him back why wouldn't they no matter where they belong or where they end up this cultural treasure belongs to all mankind the pillars of Western civilization were established during this Greek Golden Age we could spend the whole day here and I could spend the whole day talking about it but we must go on the rest of London awaits we take another Ober does this to it look familiar of course it is the Strand and that's the st. Paul's Cathedral up ahead we got off by the Tower of London and the nearby Tower Bridge although we were here yesterday today we are going to the Tower Bridge again to see the Tower Bridge exhibition which will set us back about fourteen pounds per person but it might be worth it the exhibition begins with this movie about the politics and the design of the bridge then we go up to the walkway which has this really cool glass floor we were if you are prone to altitude sickness here's Brian making a time-lapse with his iPhone here we see a great view of the river to the east and another great view to the west as well at the end of the exhibition we see another video showing how the bridge actually works when a tall ship wants to go through we take an elevator down to the ground level to go see the steam engine that was originally used to operate the bridge so interesting to see how all this Victorian machinery worked the bascule engine we continued having a wonderful time here on our second full day in London if we just visited the Tower Bridge experience and that was a pretty cool with a glass bottom floor and all that and I will continue roaming the streets of this wonderful city and then we're gonna try to find something to eat I will continue and walk past the city hall this building and then it at this pub called the Hanuman I have some kind of meat pie with vegetables and a beer pretty good food slow service the Horniman is located at this mall called the Hayes Galleria and off we go we go down to the tube one more time and get off at st. John's Wood we are going to visit a must-see place if you are a Beatles fan Abbey Road Studios hello everybody we're standing here at the very spot where the Beatles has stood in 1967 for the cover of their album Abbey Road right here and everybody's having such a great time taking pictures this is what it looks like on a regular day at one of the most famous sidewalks in the world Abbey Road they have a live webcam at this location you can check it out at Abbey Road that comes slash crossing and here's the video of one of the bloopers from that vantage point I'm standing here at the very spot where the Beatles stood back in 1967 for the cover of the last aquarii the Lord nakaoka it is actually amazing that more people don't get run over at this famous crosswalk yeah that's us on the bottom right checking out the studio wall we have on the tube one more time with change trains at Baker Street where the fictitious characters Sherlock Holmes used to live and this place needs no introduction the Piccadilly Circus hey everybody and I think we're going to end our night here in London that is this one of the most iconic landmarks the city has the Piccadilly Circus see you tomorrow good morning from London we are on our way to the Victoria coach station where we are going to take a tour of Windsor baths and Stonehenge the tour is offered by Evan Evan stores and we booked it through the website Theatre our first stop is the Windsor Castle here we have to make this long line to going along with all these other tour groups we finally passed through the security checkpoint and here we are this is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world yes the Queen still lives here now mainly on weekends we walk up the Castle Hill and go through the st. George's gate and around the Round Tower Windsor is just six miles west of London Heathrow Airport so the planes are a little bit of a nuisance sometimes the original mode has been converted into this garden here is the Norman gate the main entrance to the overworld of the castle here we're going to visit the state apartments but photography is not allowed inside unfortunately so you are going to have to make it all the way here if you want to see it here across the courtyard you have the Royal Apartments where the Queen actually lives when she's here statue on horseback is of king charles ii and there's another playing flying by who builds a castle so close to an airport wait a minute it was the other way around wasn't it it is really a shame I can't show you the inside of the state apartments because they are truly magnificent even after a fire in 1992 destroyed part of it it has been fully restored though we exit through the Norman gate where they used to pour hot oil over enemy visitors it's a good thing we're friendly and we are going down into the lower word here we encountered the st. George's Chapel a fine example of Gothic architecture a photographer inside is also frowned upon but I left my camera on inadvertently so might as well show you whatever footage I got this Chapel is also the final resting place of ten dead Kings including Henry the eighth and his wife and also Charles the first we walk out into the town of Windsor and fierce one last look at the castle it seems to be a charming town but we have absolutely no time to explore if we don't rush actually the tour bus might leave us here and we'll miss the rest of the trip that's going to be a constant bummer during the whole tour more than a tour it is really like an overview of these places really always rushing always looking at the clock it is rather stressful as we approach bath the landscape becomes increasingly beautiful with all this rolling hills and here we are arriving in bath the bridge to the left over the river Aven is the Pulteney bridge one of four bridges in the whole world lined with shops on both sides and here we are by the circus a fine example of Georgian architecture which is British for neoclassical this structure as well as the bridge we saw before dates back to the mid 1700s and if the former was inspired perhaps by Ponte Vecchio in Italy this one was inspired by the Roman Colosseum inside out we continue and the bus drops us off near the Roman Baths which we are going to visit next we wait by this nice square among crowds of tourists ran like us luckily we are in front of the majestic bath abbey officially the Abbey Church of st. Peter and Paul it is I have learned another great example of perpendicular gothic architecture had we had the time we would visit it for sure but it is time to enter the bath so follow me this is the site of an ancient Roman Baths built during the Roman occupation of Britain which lasted until about 400 AD but most of what you see here dates only back to the 1700s or even more recent times have built on top of 12th and 16th century structures by the way these are the only naturally occurring hot springs in the entire United Kingdom the name Roman Baths may be a little misleading here since there is very little authentically Roman in playing site underground is a different story at the Museum and we'll see that soon enough from the baths we can see this small square by the side of the abbey there are always street musicians in these squares and you know what I really want to do is come back to this city and just chill here by the square and explore get lost but of course there's no time meanwhile we continue walking around the main pool among all this Victorian era sculptures which honestly originally I thought were Roman but do I know the pulldown Durr however is still lined with sheets of lead actually dating back to the Roman times here we get to see the hot spring and the hot mineral water bubbling next we go underground into the museum and we see what's left of the original Roman pediment and we walk around more ruins of the ancient paths don't be impressed by the steam coming out from under our feet it is artificial it actually comes out of these nozzles I'm such a buzzkill this impressive face belongs to the goddess Minerva and here's the actual spring where all the water comes from and then spills through here into the great bath the main pool as I called it before well it is pretty much time to go till we see again the aforementioned Pulteney bridge over the river even so pretty next to we're gonna go to our final and most coveted destination Stonehenge these here are reconstructions of the types of huts where the people of this area supposedly lived five thousand years ago look at all these sheep how cute hang out on the Prairie and here you have it this bunch of rocks here in the middle of nowhere very old rocks 5000 year old rocks archaeologists have found evidence that this was originally a burial site built over the course of about 1500 years we are standing as you can see here at Stonehenge in the England it was a beautiful day but he has started to rain right now let me give you a panoramic all around me there are some sheep back there posing for the pictures and of course here it is this is a great landmark of the prehistory stonehenge stonehenge was also apparently an astronomical monument of some sort although there is no proof of that a bunch of people gather here on the summer solstice to watch the Sun Rise as the stones are aligned with the spot where the Sun rises on the longest day of the year there is also gathering on the Sun sets on the winter solstice and here we are just getting soaking wet so off we go we're leaving Stonehenge [Applause] by sheep by Stonehenge we're going back to London our day trip here was about 130 dollars per person was it worth it perhaps we saw a lot but it was also very very rushed the tour wanted to cover too much in very little time so it is what is an overview it left us wanting more so we shall return some time with more time on our last night in London with at an Indian Bangladeshi Pakistani place in the famous Brick Lane called Sheba probably the culinary highlight of our time in London we're almost closing down the process what 11 p.m. time to get back to our flat under the pouring rain this is the view from our balcony our last morning here in London with barely scratched the surface here in this city so we must return sometime hopefully soon not only do I want to explore more of London also our charming neighborhood here in Greenwich we take another Ober since we have some time left before we have to leave for the train station we arrive at Greenwich Park and here's another great view of London from this higher vantage point we are going to visit the Royal Observatory of Greenwich we are either shortly before it opens here we have the remaining 10 foot section of what was in the late 1700s the largest telescope in the world 40 feet long which made it somewhat impractical hi everybody hello one more time from London Here I am is straddling the line that divides the East from the West it's a fictitious line obviously but it's being used since they query for navigation and and many other things this is longitude number zero on our planet Earth and we're coming to you from the Greenwich Observatory we're here in London this one's were originally the residence of John Flamsteed the first astronomer royal who lived here pretty Spartan if you ask me then we walk into this room with all these clocks and measuring instruments clocks became very important for navigation it was relatively easy to determine one's latitude at sea by the position of the Stars and such but without accurate time it was impossible to determine longitude or how far east or west you were pendulum clocks did not work well at sea with all the constant pitching and rolling of the ships and that is illustrated in this display the next room is the time and longitude gallery [Applause] the following is a collection of the Harrison timekeepers named h1 h2 and h3 as the design gradually improved so the clock could work at sea they were all designed by carpenter and clock maker John Harrison third time eventually clocks became more accurate smaller and even portable next we see an early quartz clock from the 1950s another quantum leap in accuracy and finally today is standard the atomic clock there is also a camera obscura which is a darkroom in which the light coming at the top is reflected on a mirror up there and projected on this table underneath pretty cool time to go up to the great equatorial telescope the largest of its kind in the UK completed in 1893 and retired in the 1960s it has a rare 28 inch lens that weighs 200 pounds it is still used for private and usually sold-out viewings in the winter we'll go back down to the town that walking along this very pretty part Greenwich Park we passed by the Maritime Museum and get this quick glimpse at Nelson's ship in a bottle made by British Nigerian artist Janka Schreiber we continue walking along the streets of Greenwich wishing we could stay longer but time is running out we go down quickly head to the Greenwich foot tunnel which goes under the Thames it first opened in 1902 but we don't have time to go all the way to the north bank we are out of time in fact we are running late we have a train to catch so promptly we take another over and I'm gonna have to get them to sponsor the show if I mention them so much we are on our way to st. Pancras International train station in order to board the Eurostar to Paris unfortunately we don't make it on time but fortunately there is a train every hour so we are able to board the next one well we are on the way and very excited to visit the City of Light and the train ride is quite nice it feels shorter than it actually is having wine certainly helps we go underwater for about 20 minutes and then we are in France two and a half hours later we are in Paris yep the site of basilique du sacré-coeur in Montmartre tells us we are at the right place in Paris we have arrived here at godunov or the North Station it may not look like it but it is Europe's busiest train station and the busiest in the world outside of Japan here we are passing by the Place de la Republique isn't Paris an amazing city wait a minute I think we're about to hit this cyclists in front of us that was kind of scary but but did this guy get his license I'm serious yep we are getting close we have arrived at our temporary home here's the view from our seventh floor apartment here in Lima hey my mom's a longtime friend an accomplished Rider madam machine has come to visit and she will be our guide tonight and since she has lived here for so many years as she knows every nook and cranny of this city we decided to go for a walk around our neighborhood Lima Hey they have this small markets pretty much at every block this plugging electric vehicle belongs to a car sharing service they have here called Auto leap very very cool man Paris's great isn't it for example you can see a fountain this one here where you least expected this is just a regular street we are now approaching plus dvash the oldest planned square in the city and it is pretty much the prototype for all this kind of residential squares that are all over Europe everybody we have finally arrived in Paris and I'm here as standing up last voyage it was originally named the place royale by King Henry the fourth in the early 1600s notice how all the facades have the same design that was one of the architectural innovations of this square when a prominent historical figures have established residence at plus the wash over the years most notably writer Victor Hugo famous for the miserable and the Hunchback of notre-dame and this used to be his apartment we continue exploring lami the most historic and aristocratic district here we encounter a gas station yeah that is the whole thing they don't really waste space here with something as mundane as a gas station as night falls it is time to eat we are at branzino kwangji here in Paris right next to the we have some Mu Shu lay wine of course and some bread to get started I decided to be adventurous and ordered a foie gras I have never had it before by the machine orders the oysters very famous at this place it is really quite a lovely dining room with this lively cupola very elegant here's the gratin dauphinois and the saute beef and my southwestern duck with spring onion hash brown and roasted tomato so good and for dessert well I have the creme brulee what else it looks like we are closing down the place so let's go let's get out of here I leave you with this view of PLAs de la Bastille with a new Opera House in the background at night bon jour from Paris I am here in front of the polygon near the old Opera House and here we begin our first full day at the City of Lights yes we are going to explore this magnificent building in a few but first we have an amazing breakfast stuff cafe au lait and cross on at this lovely place around the corner called lagron cafe Capuchin I think it might be a little late for breakfast or early for lunch because the whole place is pretty much deserted and here we are in front of the Palais Garnier and once again check out this guy in the orange sweater there seems to be something wrong with him he seems to be talking to himself all the time and it's kind of creepy but everybody's ignoring him and maybe we should do okay let's go inside and we have booked the 11:00 a.m. English tour look at the exquisite details on the lamps and the overall architecture it is quite wonderful there's a statue of architects charles garnier the man responsible for all this beauty okay let's go inside we begin the tour by this sculpture of Pythia which represents the patron of artists right here under the grand staircase Pythia or the Oracle of Delphi is also a mythological character and God Apollo's priestess in the late 18-hundreds those balconies on top would have been full of people the general public who would have come through the main door we however are VIPs coming through the side this is the grand staircase where we would join the communities who would come through the main entrance behind us check out the roof painted by ICI door opens a depicting Greek mythological scenes it is called the gods of Olympus okay it seems like it is our time to go up the stairs here we get a peek at the Magnificent five level auditorium from one of the balconies and here we get a slightly better view and see the stage which at the time was one of the largest in the world and the seventh tongue chandelier designed by Garnier himself and the ceiling painted by Chagall in 1964 it is installed on a removable frame under the original painting the auditorium is an Italian style horseshoe although some might call it French too because of the decoration we also visit the library Museum where they hold the miniature replicas of the different stage sets this area was originally intended to be the Emperor's private foyer going back the other way here we have a small scale replica of the original auditorium ceiling there's also paintings depicting the history of ballet and models of the building his room with the Infinity mirrors and the bats on the roof is called the salon of the moon notice the slightly less gold and more silver motif okay I am officially impressed take a look this room this is the grand foyer everything in this room others opulence extravagance it was in fact inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in the Versailles Palace we go out to the front balcony man to get some fresh air and admire the view we are treated to this great view of the Place de l'opéra from here I'm going to zoom in through Avenue de l'Opera into Hotel de louver right Cafe de la Paix the famous and fashionable cafe right here in front of the Opera we are back in the grand foyer admiring the magnificently decorated ceiling painted by Paul Jacquet Audrey this place is so grand at whatever pictures I can show you don't really do it justice here we go into this run of the Sun which has these mosaics on the floor and the infinity mirrors just like the saloon of the moon but with a gold motif and then this room everywhere you look there is luxury and sumptuousness this area features Italian mosaics works of art by Italian artisans hired by Garnier himself here we are back by the grand staircase this time admiring the view from one of the second floor balconies next we walk into this unfinished area which was supposed to be Napoleon the third personal entrance but when he fell from power the third republic did not allow for the area to be finished now let's go back into the auditorium one more time what a magnificent place this is here we see the orchestra pit as well and the horseshoe shaped auditory each color in the Chagall painting pays tribute to a group of composers and their work all the greats are represented here Mozart Berlioz Debussy Ravel Tchaikovsky Beethoven I'm just gonna pretend I'm here to see an opera look at the exquisite decorations on this balcony and everywhere else we are back by the grand staircase taking one last look saying goodbye to the great ballet Gagne okay it is time to continue exploring Paris we go around the building with this requisite human statue here it's a touristy place after all and this guy is still talking to himself he did take off the sweater though I wonder what's wrong with him but I guess we'll never find out let's visit Galilean Lafayette which is the great department store here in Paris not because we want to go shopping or anything like that but because we actually want to see the building and see the atrium inside with this glass dome and the balconies all around this is one of the great early department stores originally founded in 1896 and finished by 1912 from the roof we get a pretty commanding view of the city the Eiffel Tower as the centerpiece notice how almost all the buildings are at the same height and here we see the back of the Opera also the golden dome of listen bleed well it has started to rain so let's go underground first in Tula hair and then the metro they have this fruit stands in the Metro as well pretty cool we take the underground at get off by the champs-elysées it is our intention to visit lac de triomphe at the western end of the Shambala says emperor napoleon commissioned it in 1806 and it sits in the middle of plas charles to go which is a traffic circle worth 12 avenues converged in the shape of a star it is nearly impossible to cross the traffic circle luckily they have this underground tunnel the views from the roof 50 meters above the street level are spectacular and we are looking towards more March and the iconic sacre-coeur Basilica and here is not freedom and the glass vault of the Grand Palais to the right and the Louvre Museum in front of us with the plaster la Concorde obelisk and below us the champs-elysées we are at the top of the after Triomphe and back there you can see is the champs elysées Paris a great Avenue and behind the de parada can see it but there's the the louvre museum and up there of course the Lady of Paris literally fell nightfall tower yes that's a great view of the tower and you can kind of see La Sun Valley de tu and now we are looking towards leather phones at the business district at the center the grand arch completed in 1989 as the 20th century version of l'arc de triomphe we see more rain in the distance so it might want to go back down but before we do let's zoom in one more time on the sacre-coeur and on the champs elysées the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre and one last look at our favorite tower in Paris we are back at the ground level walking towards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War one where an eternal flame has been burning since 1920 we have lunch at the nearby Pizza Vesuvio and take a quick stroll down the champs-elysées passing by the famous little cabaret we wish we could stay here longer maybe walk the whole thing all the way to the Place de la Concorde but we want to take a break we are tired so we go back down to the Metro we're going back to our apartment a memory we walk along the lung and sometimes and not so attractive corridors I think we are beginning to get the hang of the public transportation system here at this time of the day it is pretty busy it must be rush hour we emerged by our neighborhood on the boulevard a field calva and here we encountered this diverse The Winter's Circus opened in 1852 apparently the structure is still used for exhibitions and shows and the circus we really like this neighborhood by the way it isn't all that touristy and that's actually a good thing we even have a supermarket very nearby we go back out taking an uber this time [Applause] we have near in the LA City this is kilometre zero of the French highways and considered the official centre of Paris right here in front of not readin this is another one of those iconic places in the French capital the great Gothic cathedral and I took a long time to construct over 180 years in total from 1163 to 1345 it is a magnificent building we pass by a place and Michelle which we will visit some other time and here we are by the square du vert Galant one of the most romantic places in Paris located at the western end of the LA City it is a popular place for picnics here we are looking back towards Pont Neuf and the head towards Pont des Arts as the Sun sets we enjoy the beautiful sunset from square root of that collect we look back once again towards Pont Neuf and even though this is not Punto sart's the lovers and sweethearts have the tradition of placing padlocks wherever they can as a symbol of their everlasting love yes very romantic just like this city and continue walking along the closed Buchan East boxes and encounter the Institute of the funds this building which houses five French intellectual academies by the way this is a historic moment just a couple of weeks after this video was shut the government removed all the slugs from pond Assad's apparently to preserve the structural integrity of the bridge which had become too heavy we passed by the Louvre on our way to get another room good morning from our B&B apartment in Paris yep this is Devin only two people sitting here here we see the train stations gar the list and God do not you know I was going to cut some of this out but Paris is such a beautiful city I'm gonna live most of it in girl we continue up the steep narrow streets of Montmartre and it looks like this is as high as we can go by car and here we are quitting's once again from Paris I'm standing here in front of the Basilica of sacre coeur and we are on top of the hill called Montmartre here in Paris right here you can see the view of Paris is spectacular even though this is sunny in today's a little hazy we were here back in 2006 and I remember vividly walking down that Street down there with all the touristy shops this Roman or Byzantine church is actually not that old construction began in 1875 and it was finished just before World War one let's taking the view one more time as we zoom in on the Centre Pompidou the Museum of Modern Art let's go back in time to 2006 when we were actually able to climb the stairs to the top of the cupola we go up the steep stairs and the views even halfway to the top are pretty good yep these stairs are definitely not OSHA approved but the climb is definitely worth it we get spectacular commanding views of the city from the top [Applause] down and then we go back in 2015 let's explore the streets of Montmartre a little bit and normally this is a very touristy area but where early is about 9:00 a.m. let's take advantage of that Montmartre or Mount of martyrs has been a place of worship since before the Roman Empire we're walking towards a plasti attacked a very touristy square where there are all these artists drawing portraits and painting these cityscapes and some of them are extremely talented it is a reminder of a time at the beginning of the 20th century when this area was the epicenter of the modern art movement one can almost imagine a penniless Picasso walking around these streets drawing inspiration from all these surroundings okay enough of that let's continue there's so much more to see in this area mmm macarons YUM check out the golden copula of lesson valid from here and kind of obsessed with that building this is the famous Moulin de la galette dating back to the 17th century the windmill and the whole area has been painted by the likes of Renoir Picasso van Gogh Toulouse Lautrec and many others we continue going fortunately downhill most of the time wandering around this pretty neighborhood and look listen valid again let's take a break for some coffee para chocolate if you saw the French movie Emily this will look very familiar to you this is where she used to live and shop the entrance to her apartment is just around the corner let's go down these stairs here we encounter the wall of love in which the phrase I love you is spelled in 250 languages while we are on the subject of love a little further down we encounter PLAs pika this area is full of sex shops and theaters and adult shows and as you can see they even have this place called sex ad Rome I wonder what that's all about and many other places of questionable reputation maybe but it looks like it's all very touristy continue walking along a boulevard de clichy walking along all these strip clubs and souvenir shops they even have a Museum of eroticism and wherever they have sex well my place of birth Cuba has to be represented and I am sure you've heard of this place we continue here in Paris and right now I'm in front of the language cabaret right here in Boulevard a glitchy and we just came from from Pagar with all the sex shops and all this kind of sexy red-light district neighborhood hello Jimmy until you roaming the streets walking around Paris right now look at everybody taking pictures isn't that I'm here with my selfie stick making a fool out of myself doctor guys later we go back down to limit row to continue exploring we merge by plus de la booze right here in front of Palawan he knocked a formerly the stock exchange before it became computerized they seem to be having some kind of flea market today everything everything we want to check out some of the famous covered passages of Paris and here we are at one of them gallery Vivian this is one of many of these glass-covered passages built in Paris during the first half of the 19th century they are if you will the original shopping mall this one was built in 1823 in a New York classical Pompeian style and it's quite agreeable we have a quick lunch and off we go here we are by + de Victor he's looking for Palais Royale instead we stumble upon the bank to France where the money is this building with the metallic facade I haven't really figured out what it is so if you know please comment below we are entering the Palais Royale through this side entrance here we encounter these curious fountains with these silver balls called The Fountains of pol brewery in this area here between the gardens and the palace which is called gallery the Orleans in the gardens the older men are playing a traditional French game called pétanque one of many popular ball games here in Europe the gardens that once belonged to the king are now a public park it is a very pleasant afternoon and Parisians enjoy the park and the outdoors okay it is time for us to continue exploring Paris and as you can see the men are still playing with their balls we take an uber along Hoda evilly this right here is the luxurious hotel Limulus another place which was frequently visited by his Salvador Dali and many other artists located right here across the street from the Tulare gardens we pass by Place de la Concorde and get a glimpse of Lama d'Alene church it was in the tunnels similar to this one that Princess Diana had killed back in 1997 we are on our way to the Trocadero palace to get that quintessential view of the Eiffel Tower unfortunately the whole place is under construction so it is impossible to get that postcard perfect view we got back in 2006 actually let's go back in time one more time since I already dusted off the old DV cassette [Applause] behind me well the most photographed icon this city has to offer the Eiffel Tower I do understand if you feel compelled to come here at least once to see the tower but beware the place is totally overrun with tourists and hustlers trying to sell you souvenirs and we saw some suspicious characters too so to keep your belongings safe looking back as you can see the balcony where you would stand to take the iconic picture is under construction we still managed to walk around enjoying the afternoon here we see a carousel very typical of Paris and here we have the vedettes de Partie one of the many companies that give both tours on the river hey everybody I am here just underneath the Eiffel Tower and I think it's a it's a pretty good angle don't you think I'm sort of some weird cosmic energy coming down into me now it seems kind of sort of like a pyramid alright thank you doctor guys later okay one last flashback I promise back in 2006 we were able to take the ride to the top of the tower and I thought I would show you some of those views they have wax statues of Eiffel and Edison in what used to be AI Falls office the views from almost 300 meters above the street level are truly breathtaking okay back to good ol 2015 for good this time we walk along the majestic ornate buildings of Avenue Charles Phuket in the 7000 dismount at one quick fact about Paris it is divided into boroughs or a Honda smuntz and they are numbered in a spiral pattern beginning at the centre of the city and we are in the seventh right now we have a snack and some wine here atlas a friend and we sit for a while and watch as life goes by in this marvellous city and we are back underground back at our apartment just for a quick break and we go back out and this time we got a very talkative uber driver I don't know about always a loser Patti LuPone F I'm using lemonade we finally arrive at the Baton Rouge terminal this is the original and most popular of the river tours in fact but homage has become kind of a generic term for all the river tours as well it is incredibly crowded mostly with Japanese tourists for the last couple of days the tide has been really high on the Seine and so the second floor is closed and we will not be able to go pastured upon this arts because there is not enough clearance for the boat kind of a bummer we will not be seen not radom from the water this time we're going east approaching Pont Alexandre the third since it is almost the beginning of summer they have all kinds of outdoors activities here by the river built at the end of the 19th century Pont Alexandre the third is considered by many the most beautiful bridge in Paris and an engineering marvel at the time there are a handful of these floating structures that house restaurants bars and ballrooms this one is called Rosa Bonheur and whatever you hear we see some youngsters and join the evening by the riverbank and we get a glimpse of the palpable bond which houses the National Assembly check out all this luxurious riverfront apartments and there is another boat that you can rent for special occasions this one is called Concorde Atlantic going under the pasta Helda so ferrino and we see the new said of say firmly a train station Gardo say nowadays it houses a great collection of impressionist paintings along many other works of arts here's another flooring restaurants called the K and the Legion of Honor behind it take one last look at Macedo say look how high the water is that is supposed to be a sidewalk down there we are approaching the Institute the funds and pondus arts and here is where we're going to turn around because of the high tide look the water goes all the way up to the benches and here we are by the Louvre looking under the pantry I'd [Applause] there's the Egyptian obelisk at Place de la Concorde a gift from the Egyptian government in the 19th century and now for the piece de resistance we are going to pass by the Eiffel Tower yes the 2fl of this Japanese tourists are going crazy with the selfie sticks we are passing once again under the Alexander the third bridge everybody's going nuts [Applause] here they have a replica of the Statue of Liberty and nearly Pont de Grenelle we are on the bottom ocean this place is packed with people of all parts of the world as you can see back there the statue the Eiffel Tower sparkling well that's it goodnight ball juice from Pelle it is a brand new day here at Lima hey and it is our last day in the city let's make it count let's continue exploring as in many other cities there are musicians in the underground as we've seen we emerge near not freedom by PLAs semi shell we are going to walk a little bit in the quarter Latin the Latin Quarter it will be passed by a poem to san michele man I love this city we walk along the book NIST's setting up shop the position going out for her morning jog here we have a look at Rue du Shack capiche the street of the fishing cat considered the narrowest street in Paris at just under six feet a little further down we encountered Shakespeare and company a historic English bookstore made famous but movies before sunset and midnight in paris we are now by who the second at the site of the famous Sorbonne University founded circle 1150 it has been recognized as one of the first universities we continue and here we have the Pantheon which houses the remains of many important French people and unfortunately it is undergoing some renovation and it's going to be like that for a while we see this antigen behind this classic Citroen I love it this is one of those iconic antique French cars as I mentioned before here's the saint-étienne Church famous for the movie Midnight in Paris on these stairs is where the protagonist sits down to wait for the handicap ashore instead we get this cranky street climbing guy our next stop today is the Luxembourg Gardens here's the palace where the French Senate meets the luxembourg palace and here we have all the palace urine enjoying their beautiful city okay let's go we see not radom again as we cross the river the tower to the right is to sing jacks it is what remains of the Church of Saint Jack's de la Boucherie which was demolished during the French Revolution we are back in our neighborhood and we're going to buy some chocolates at this boutique place called Jackson in they craft some of the city's most exquisite chocolates it comes at a price but hey we thought we'd splurge and indulge and bring some home next we are going to visit two museums here in Paris and namely Lauren Gerrie which features a Monet's famous water lilies and then the Louvre with ruff by Place de la Concorde and here we are contemplating this masterpiece of Impressionism the water lilies earning fees in French when I was doing my research I read somewhere that photography was forbidden in here and as much as I would have hated that I think maybe it should be the crowds of people taking selfies and pictures somewhat diminishes the experience it prevents you from fully enjoying the magic of this works of art this bearer of oval rooms has been the home to these murals since 1927 the museum also has the John Walter and pogium collection with many other works by Renoir is the son Matisse and many others all the way to the neoclassical Picasso very an from here you can see a de la défense and Arc de Triomphe and the champs elysées a plus de la Concorde all lined up that's how perfect this city is turning around we see after Triomphe du Carrousel and the Louvre as we look across the trilogy Gardens look at all the people relaxing by the pond the Tulare Gardens was originally the site of a tile factory then in 1564 Queen Catherine de Medici happened to like the place Anna she built the toilet a palace here then in 1664 king louis xiv and told his gardener to real enscape the place and voila Parisians get this beautiful relaxing park here we arrive by Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel we see more people relaxing in this gardens by the Louvre it grows the side door now so when I tried the pyramid see what happens if there is any and here we are by the Louvre but the museum is closed if you do it is supposed to be open until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays it turns out if the museum is closing early today because of a little known to us but major holiday here called Victory Day when I check the website I didn't see anything about that but apparently it wasn't a fine print a number of circumstances have led to this disappointing moment this anti-climactic and to our vacation first our Airbnb host lost our prepaid tickets so it couldn't go on Wednesday like we had planned originally then this holiday we didn't even know about this really brings down our whole day well what's left of the day I was so looking forward to see in the Louvre at least the highlights if there's a lesson to be learned here is to check the local holidays when traveling and don't ever ever save the best for last you never know what might happen well we are tired disappointed and you know what chances are Paris and the Louvre are going to be here for a while and I'm pretty sure we will return some time there is so much more to see in this city with barely scratched surface and just when we thought nothing else could go wrong we have also found out that our flights on tap Portugal has been canceled too to a pilot strike and the airline is not even answering the phone you know what we're just going to call it a night if we have a mocha to learn it only a moment sooner we have the Delta function the good news we managed to get on a British Airways flight to explain emergency procedures almost 40 heroism we're going back to Miami with a short layover in London check out the view of Paris from the air we are finally landing at London Heathrow Airport they say everything happens for a reason and guess what I always wanted to fly on a 747 jumbo jet and now I'm going to get my chance we say goodbye to the coast of England let me tell you for such a large playing is not all that uncomfortable and the food is okay and the crew very pleasant about nine hours later we are flying above the islands of the Bahamas we see the eastern coast of South Florida in the distance what you see down there is a Fort Lauderdale beach we are almost home this is ports Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale Airport a few minutes later we are landing at Mi a Miami International Airport we are back in the 305 I'm riding riding with my RV wherever I'm you guys haven't bring in my RV

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