Well, the last day on the boat, the last day with TEAM DANIEL.
We have reached the end of the 2nd leg of our trip, the River Cruise, and the 3rd, and final leg begins, the 4 days in Paris.
We spend the day in Amsterdam touring by canal boat, foot and finally by bus. That night we have our final dinner on board the Travelmarvel Diamond. I know there were tears.
And so ended a wonderful journey with some people we will always remember, thank you Carolyn & Rob, Cheryl & Terry, Christine & John, Deb & Craig, Gail & Ron, Hazel & Rob, Jan & Brian, Jane & Peter, Jenny & Geoff, Jenny & Mick, Judy & Bill, Kathleen, Laraine & David, Lenore & Greg, Margaret & Greg, Miryam & David, Peggy & Geoff, Trish & Peter plus Joe and his family.
On the 12th we left Amsterdam by bus for Paris. Only one stop on the way, that I remember, and that was at a service centre on the Somme for lunch. The fellow who was our guide on the canal boat was our travel escort, with Roland travelling to Paris on the fast train.
after dinner I went on a reconnaissance walk, while Lynn stayed at the hotel, the first night to find the office/departure point for our booked trip on the 15th to Monet's Garden and the Palace of Versailles.
I loved the atmosphere of the area where I walked, tiny restaurants full of people, street art/graffiti, people coming home from work and entering the big doors to the courtyards of their apartments, street art/graffiti, the architecture, the weird and wonderful ways the small boutique shops decorated their windows (for some reason I never took any photos) and of course, did I mention, the street art/graffiti.
I found the building, but it was completely empty and being renovated. The next morning I used the hotels free smart phone they provide to phone the travel company concerned and found out where their new office was. The old office was only a 25 minute walk away whereas the new place would require a taxi as it was a pretty early start but at least now it was all sorted out.
The smart phone provide by the hotel was great as I was able to use it with Google Maps (my phone isn't that smart) instead of carrying our smart tablet around, and the calls were free.
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(PbL) Photo by Lynn
Amsterdam canal tour.
Security cameras catch unruly passengers on back of boat.
Let the good times Rock 'n Roll.
Morning Tour in Paris
Rickshaw dispute, police involvement at the Eiffel Tower.
|The last sunrise on the boat.|
|A train, I'll let you work out what type.|
|Cattle, tracks and cyclists.|
|More cyclists, must be Holland. |
|The liquid highway to Amsterdam. |
|.....and still more. |
|He's thinking, "doesn't look that big in the net".|
|A lot more traffic on the section of the highway.|
|Our first windmill.|
|Python Bridge, officially known as High Bridge (Hoge Brug), is a bridge |
that spans the canal between Sporenburg and Borneo Island in Eastern Docklands,
It was built in 2001 and won the International Footbridge Award in 2002.
|Typical waterside apartments. |
|The welcoming flotilla. The 3 white X's flag is the City of Amsterdam flag.|
|On the right is the Schellingwouder Bridge.|
|We made it (well Lynn did).|
|Amsterdam Centraal (rail station) buildings on the right. |
|In the 125th year of its existence, St Nicholas' Church was elevated to |
"basilica minor" or basilica. That happened on 8 December 2012.
|The A'DAM Lookout. A 20-story rooftop with an over-the-edge swing.|
|The A'DAM Lookout over-the-edge swing.|
|The EYE Film Museum holds a huge collection of Dutch & foreign |
movies & film posters in a contemporary, waterside culture centre.
|Leaning building due to subsidence.|
|Bicycles of the water-ways.|
|The biggest church in Amsterdam, built 1619 – 1631.|
|A classic voiture balai (broom van) is the Citroën H Van. The distinctive |
corrugated or ‘rippled’ body work was inspired by WWII Junkers
There were a total of 473,289 produced in France and Belgium between 1947 and 1981.
|Canal will be closed for lane marking. |
|Like thongs, you only ever find one. |
The poster is promoting the new novel by Ilja Gort, 'The Volcano'. I've read it......not bad but it goes off at the end.
|This old one is a renovators dream.|
|Social media time.|
|The Carré Theatre (left) beside the Amstel River lock gates. |
|An approach to the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). |
|The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is a bridge over the river Amstel.|
|Canal bridge and users.|
|Hermitage Amsterdam, Dutch branch of St. Petersburg's art & culture museum.|
|The Blauwbrug (Blue bridge) is an historic bridge. |
The bridge owes its name to a wooden "blue bridge" that was there from around 1600 until around 1883.
|Walter Süskindbrug (Walter Süskind Bridge) Amsterdam.|
|Houses with gabled facades. |
|Old photos on stalls at the Flea Market.|
|The red-shutters are at Houtkopersburgwal 16. Just in case you want to call in for some 'cookies'.|
|NEMO Science Museum|
|Sea Palace Restaurant , a 3 story floating pagoda-style restaurant on Lake IJ. |
|Our (dirty-)glass-topped canal-tour boat.|
|Who said it was crowded in Amsterdam?|
|Another canal lock.|
|Instead of 'fish & chips' it's 'steak & chips' in Amsterdam. Apparently aimed at the tourist trade.|
I was going to use the ATM in the souvenir shop, but Lynn wouldn't let me.
| Leaning out building. |
|Heading for the red-light district, we didn't see any. On the left there are 2 green ones though.|
|"Roland rollin' Roland"|
|Bicycle jungle, Amsterdam.|
|C/w from left: I saw children being transported in these.....................Could be for delivering baked apples (can you see Patty in the window?)........................I think it's a new secret military version in camouflage colours .|
|Bikes and leaning buildings. |
|One of the local industries.|
|After your 'Green Tea' you could have a 'F...r Drink', or roll your own.|
|Love to be here when they all get off the train. |
|If this was Sydney they would all be in the water, fighting with shopping-trolleys for a spot on the bottom of the canal. (PbL)|
|I think mine had a black seat.|
|A train wheel with wings which was the original symbol for the |
Dutch railways, on top of Amsterdam Centraal Station.
|Looking like battery-hens.|
|Should have used Dulux. There's that poster again.|
|NEMO Science Museum|
|Travelmarvel's new flagship.|
|Gate building on the Kadijksplein, next to the bridge |
over the Nieuwe Herengracht (Heron Canal).
|If you Google 'red shutters Amsterdam' this building comes up. |
The poster (right) is for a Fireman Sam movie.
|Crossing the 'Blue Bridge' looking at the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge).|
|New gay bar in Amsterdam near the Rembrandt Square. This cosy, colourful |
venue is popular with locals who come to enjoy the cheap drinks and pop classics.
(I couldn't go, I had a prior engagement I couldn't get out of)
|The gabled building is the site of the Huisartsen Oude Turfmarkt / Student doctors. |
So, when you're sick, head there.
|Carillon Clock Tower, The Mint Tower or Munttoren, built in 1620.|
|Someone else took a photo here, they can tell us where/what it is.|
|Everyone wants a photo.|
|The Former Amsterdam Main Post Office, currently a shopping mall |
known as Magna Plaza.
It was built in 1895–1899 in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance style.
|Two women being stalked by a driverless black micro car.|
|Anytime is coffee time.|
|De Riekermolen is a historic polder drainage windmill that dates back to 1636. |
It was moved here (Kalfjeslaan on the river Amstel) from its original location in 1961.
|De Riekermolen (The Rieker Mill)|
|Stork at nest with chicks.|
|The Enneüs Heerma Bridge (Dutch: Enneüs Heermabrug) Completed in 2001, the segmented appearance is based on the skeleton of a crab. We were told that is was also known locally as the Dolly Parton Bridge.|
|'For The Bees' by Frank Mandersloot, 2004. Also known as 'Tables & Bees' |
and 'Folly for the Bees'. The artist worked on the project for 9 years.
They are bee hives suspended under the top table.
|Two more trains.|
|From top left c/w: Scaup, Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw, Magpie, Grey Heron|
|I think it's the waiter. |
|Doesn't Peggy know that Geoff is right behind her.............. |
|(......remember Dürnstein?) |
|I felt really good about the trip when Jenny asked Brian up for a dance. |
I felt good before, but this just seemed to top it off
|I should have kept my eyes on this bloke.|
|Muziek Gebouw aan 't IJ (Music building on the IJ) and a hotel with a name |
that sounds a bit like a Costco Warehouse (move and pick).
|And the party rolled on.|
|And so the sunsets on a fantastic trip with a group of wonderful people. |
Tomorrow, from team Daniel, it is just us, with Jan and Brian, who get on
a bus and head for the 3rd part of our European holiday, Paris.
|A stretch of river, near Gorinchem in the Netherlands. called Boven Merwede.|
|Antwerp, Belgium. I think out travel guide said that there was a refugee camp behind the graffiti wall.|
|The ferris wheel, centre of photo, is The Diamond Wheel |
and is the world’s largest movable Ferris wheel.
|Waiting for repairs in Lobroekdok, Antwerp.|
|I thought all the churches were behind us.|
|A ferris wheel I couldn't find any info on, in Antwerp.|
|Sludge Dryer Deurne Aquafin. Wastewater treatment and sewage works. |
Or the 'hand-grenades'.
|Being flat here there should be plenty of wind.|
|Their set-ups are different to our in Australia.|
|I was 'entertained' by the truck drivers we passed.|
| Crossing the border from Belgium into France. Just a truck parking area. |
| Reminded me of the El Alamein Memorial Fountain in Kings Cross, Sydney. |
|One giant pyramid of rubbish.|
|We passed a few cemeteries on the way, but.............|
|........only this one, through the trees, our guide said was a First World War cemetery. |
We didn't stop.
|Crossing the River Somme.|
|Sign at the West Assevillers service area.|
|Bee and clover at the West Assevillers service area.|
|Heading in the right direction. |
Sign at the Quick Fast Food Restaurant at the West Assevillers service area.
French hamburgers for lunch.
|Welcome to Paris.|
|Our hotel is in the 'Jewish Quarter' of Paris. Not sure what the other 'three quarters' are like.|
|The next street up, Boulevard Beaumarchais, looks a bit more busy.|
|Where it fell, I think I'm going to like this place.|
|It was different here.|
|'Uniformity is the death of humanity' |
Well, let's hope we don't all look like that.
|I loved the girl on the plastic steps, clever. The 'tile' art was new for me.|
|Most of the way was in narrow roads like this.|
|So as not to get confused with all the other small red cars?|
|Sunshine through a street-lamp.|
|I didn't see the '1960's' cutouts until I cropped the photo.|
|The Bourse de Commerce (Commodities Exchange) was originally used as a |
place to negotiate the trade of grain and other commodities, now used
to provide services to businesses by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, built in 1763–67.
|Saint-Eustache, Built 1532–1632, this Gothic church offers murals, sculptures & a large pipe organ.|
|Henri de Miller’s 'Ecoute' (Listen) statue in the Jardin Nelson Mandela is a 70-ton statue of an enormous face and hand. This is at 9:30 PM, still daylight.|
|Goldielocks in Tiles.|
|Ooooow, that would've hurt.|
|Some of the girls, in situ, on the right.|
|Funny angle to the building on the left.|
|I suppose the angle was deliberate. |
Better get back to the hotel, it's 10 PM and Lynn will think I'm lost.
|Beware, The Kraken lurks.|
|Monument at the centre of the Place de la République, topped by a statue |
of Marianne, the personification of the French Republican.
|Some people can sleep anywhere. |
We happened to have dinner at the Le Bailly, across the road, on our last night.
|Centre Georges Pompidou Modern Art Museum.|
|What impressed me about Paris was the clean lines of the architecture.|
|Paris from a bus. Hôtel de Ville.|
| Hôtel de Ville. Neo-Renaissance edifice housing the City Hall. |
|The Royal Palace and La Conciergerie.|
|Down walkway is Palais de Justice de Paris (City Courthouse) |
Right: Registry of the Paris Commercial Court.
|Church of Saint-Séverin|
|Church of Saint-Séverin, opulent, historic Roman Catholic church |
featuring stained glass windows & flying buttresses.
|Church of Saint-Séverin|
| French architecture. |
|The book stalls.|
|Pont des Arts, a picturesque bridge over the Seine connecting the Louvre & the Institute de France.|
|Pont Royal (Royal Bridge).|
|The Musée d’Orsay, located on Paris’s Left Bank, originated as the Gare d’Orsay, |
a Beaux Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. Now the popular
museum houses works of art from the period 1848 through 1914.
|Joan of Arc|
|Ministry of Justice building.|
|This column (Napoleon's Column) was erected by Napoleon as the Colonne d'Austerlitz. The 44 meter (144 ft) tall column is modeled after Rome's Trajan Column. It was built to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805.|
|Napoleon, dressed as Caesar and wearing a laurel wreath, found its way to the top of the column.|
| The base of Napoleon's Column. |
| Garnier Opera Building. National Academy of Music. |
|I think we were told that the display stays in the window 24/7 as they are only copies. |
(I think she is real) ....... hey, that's our bus.
|National Academy of Music. Garnier Opera Building.|
|On top of the Garnier Opera Building.|
|Where's Bill going off to now? |
|Hope the 'blue' group isn't looking for me.|
|Inner courtyard (Cour d'Honneur) of the Palais Royal.|
Louis XIV, the Sun King, spent his youth here before moving to the nearby Louvre and later to Versailles.
|Courtyard (Cour d'Honneur) of the Palais Royal.|
|Garden of the Royal Palace.|
|In a pipe store.|
|The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (The Carrousel Triumph Arch) was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon's military victories of the previous year.|
|Place du Carrousel. |
This spacious square, once the site of a 16th-century palace, offers views of iconic buildings.
|The Louvre Pyramid is a glass pyramid created by I. M. Pei, forming the entrance way into a lower-ground exhibition area.|
|The Royal Bridge and Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum).|
Major 19th- & 20th-century European art collections housed in a monumental, former railway station.
|"Hey lady, your urn has tipped over!"|
| French architecture. |
|Accommodation on the river Seine.|
|Our first glipse of the Eiffel Tower, but no mention from our guide. |
Alexandre III Bridge, Ornate, late 19th-century arched bridge in a Beaux Arts style & named after a Russian czar.
|Fountain of the Seas|
|Facade of the Hôtel de la Marine on Place de la Concorde (1766–75).|
|The way this fellow was walking slowly along, kicking |
away the gravel, he was looking for money or had lost his car keys.
| Statue Général Charles De Gaulle in front of the Grand Palais. |
| The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, built 1806 - 1836. |
|The Arc de Triomphe, east side.|
|Church of Saint-Pierre-de-Chaillot, completed in 1938.|
|Flamme de la Liberté - Paris. Gold-leafed torch & unofficial Diana memorial, |
built to commemorate American/French friendship.
|The Passerelle Debilly (Debilly Footbridge), opened in 1900 to accommodate |
visitor traffic to the 1900 World's Fair across the Seine.
|He must have a good aim if that's his toilet on the ground.|
|The cupolas on the Holy Trinity Cathedral and The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center, Paris. |
Opened in 2016.
|Scootering on dangerous ice.|
|The Army Museum|
|Cannons in front of the Army Museum. |
Before we get to the tower for lunch it was time to have a coffee, and toilet break, at Le Vauban Restaurant.
|I go for a walk to Les Invalides during the coffee break.|
|Army vehicles parked near Les Invalides.|
|Esplanade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, opposite Les Invalides.|
|Les Invalides (1677–1706). |
Established by Louis XIV in 1670 for old or unwell soldiers, which contains Napoleon I's tomb.
|Monument to Marshal Gallien. |
The women represent the countries/continents that the French had colonized.
|To get into the grounds of Les Invalides I had to have my bag checked by the |
soldier with the rifle first, and then be scanned by the soldier with his backed turned.
|Les Invalides and Napoleon's tomb.|
|Paris Military School|
|We made it!|
|A long way to the top.|
|People on the second level.|
|Every angle covered.|
|Just in case you're still not sure where we are.|
|We saw some of their co-workers in action after lunch.|
| Lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant on the Eiffel tower. |
| The view from our table, looking across to Chaillot's Palace. |
|Lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant on the Eiffel tower.|
|My lunch, I think it was pork and soap suds. The suds leave a 'clean' taste in the mouth. |
They go a bit overboard with their salads.
| Spiffing. |
|The top of the Arc de Triomphe.|
|The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur (1874–1914)|
|From left: Arc de Triomphe, Tribunal de Paris (new Paris Courthouse), Church of Saint-Pierre-de-Chaillot, American Cathedral in Paris and (far right) Basilica of Sacré-Coeur|
|Notre-Dame Cathedral, with Saint-Jacques Tower (behind to the right).|
|Holy Trinity Cathedral and The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center.|
|American Cathedral in Paris.|
|Les Invalides, and right, the Pantheon.|
|Les Invalides (left) and looking along the Champ de Mars to the Montparnasse Tower.|
|Over the Seine and Chaillot's Palace to the 'new' Paris.|
|Looking down the River Seine.|
|Became a bit anxious when this thick black smoke appeared in Paris.|
|There were no more sirens than usual, nobody seemed to be concerned but I|
thought it a good time to get back to ground level.
It turned out to be just some sort of fire behind the Louvre.
|Looking down, then.........|
|........went and stood on the glass floor of the first level. (brave boy Billy)|
|Lift going up.|
|Lift going down.|
|As in Rome, there were armed soldiers at major tourist attractions.|
|What caught my attention first was, the fellow in the T-shirt had his hand in the air as a sign of surrender.|
|Statues on the Alexandre III Bridge. |
This is an ornate, late 19th-century arched bridge in a Beaux Arts style & named after a Russian czar.
|Another view of the Army Museum and the dome of Les Invalides.|
|The Lafayette Monument is a bronze equestrian statue of |
Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette. The gagging was a political
message, but I've forgotten what it was. Then again, he just could have a toothache.
|Place de la Concorde with an Egyptian obelisk and the Fountain of the Seas.|
|The Louvre Palace|
|A pavillon of the Louvre Palace.|
| The Louvre Palace |
| The Louvre Palace |
|Decorative work on the buildings.|
|People relaxing on the Square of Vert-Galant. On this Island is 'Point Zero', |
where the distance from Paris to all other places are judged.
|I'd say that fire-places were popular here.|
|'Circular Pavilion', made out of reclaimed doors and insulation recycled from an |
old supermarket roof, by Encore Heureux. In the Courtyard of the Hotel de Ville.
|It's not until you get home that you wish you had bought something.|
|The reader of books.|
|The Opéra Bastille (Bastille Opera House) is a modern opera house in Paris.|
|Somebody had some paint left over.|
|The courtyard of our hotel in Paris, the Les Jardins Du Marais. |
We were in the tall building at the back, on the top floor around to the left (air-conditioning not working).
|I had snails from the Les Petites Canailles (The Small Scoundrels) next door.|
|9:10 PM, time to go walking. |
I noticed a few of these, what appeared to be where an older building has been removed, and something newer put there.
|Colourful bollards, Paris.|
|Patriotic window decorations.|
|This is the type of thing I went looking for.|
|And the architecture is nice as well.|
|"Grotesque creed ........ the idiots vent war against other idiots" -Kafka|
|Some of it was big.|
|View from hotel room window at 10:10 PM, still plenty of light, I could've stayed out another hour or so. |
You could hear children singing, it sounded like school.
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