Today us girls decide to leave earlier than the tour and enjoy the sites. We take the metro, which is only a couple of blocks from the hotel, and take it straight to the Champs-Elysee Clemenceau station. This is about the midway point of the glorious road. We head towards the Arc de Triomphe and then double back towards the Louvre. Along the route, most of the stores are still closed as it is before 1000am so we didn't get a chance to walk into the Louis Vuitton flagship store. Bummer. However we did stop at Laderer, the infamous macaron store, and purchased some samples for our stop at the Jardin Tuilleries. I just can't imagine Calgary having chairs placed around the little pond at Eau Claire for the citizens to sit and enjoy the moment. We continue along till we reach the Louvre and take photos of I.M.Pei's pyramid. The last time I was here, the pyramid was yet to exist. We walk along the Seine, oh yes that smell of urine was there for us to enjoy, till we reach the crossing for the Ile de la cite and Notre Dame. This grand old church is 850 years old this year, wow! In front of the church is a huge tent filled with bakers preparing breads, etc in a competition a la skills Alberta. Tasty morsels - I just don't know how you could be gluten intolerant and live in this country! We walk thru the latin quarter and stop for lunch. Sitting facing the traffic as all good Parisiene's are wont to do. We then finish our touring by taking the metro up to Sacre Coeur. Another beautiful vista of the city of lights from this vantage point. It is so sunny and glorious, I just can't believe our weather luck. We take the metro home for a quick change to prepare for our last night dinner cabaret at the Nouvelle Eve Club in Montmarte. This place is less expensive than the Moulin Rouge or the Lido at only 145Euros. However with Contiki's volume pricing we were able to get the dinner for 123Euros. 3 course meal and wine is also included before the show begins. The dancers are young and fit and the music is in true cabaret style...did I mention it was topless? The students went out to O'Sullivan's to formally close their tour of Europe, while the 3 of us went home to pack for our early morning departure back to the airport.
This has been a great tour and I would highly recommend Contiki as company of choice for the 18-35 year old travellers. Thanks to Beccy our tour manager and Miki our driver for their energy and creativity!