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Old 03-30-2007, 02:45 PM   #8
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6 months in Europe on a Duc, Part III

So, as you can see this might be a bit different post than most on here. While I was travelling the whole time on a motorcycle I have very few pictures of them (except in Italy), mostly because (except for two weeks) I was riding totally on my own.

What you will see is a lot of gorgeous old buildings, landmarks, hostels, people I met, & things strange & obscure. You will quickly notice I like the weird & unusual & even based a lot of my trip on a great guide book called 'Weird Europe'.


With that said let us move on to London where I arrived in a bittingly cold April. It snowed for the first time in London in 34 years so I took the time to link up with some friends from the US, see London for the 6th time, party a bunch & check out the local birds.




Finally the weather cleared & I blasted down to Dover, got a hostel, & then onto the ferry to Calais & off to Paris where I stayed at a great little hostel called 3 Duc(k)s. They let me pull Rose into this gated area to keep the lowlifes away from it.





where I met a bunch of other travellers who may have been stranger than me.








Of course I did the sights of Paris:




Musée Picasso (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_Picasso):


Musée Rodin (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_Rodin):


My favorite church in Paris, Sacre Cour (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacre_Coeur)


The view from Montmartre (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montmartre)


and the
Musée de l'érotisme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_de_l%27%C3%89rotisme)


Let's not forget the Catacombs (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Catacombs)


Jim Morrison's grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Lachaise_Cemetery)


the Louvre (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Louvre)



and the Centre Georges Pompidou (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompidou_Center)


Whew, Paris zips by.

Because I had my bike, which is great for giving rides to tall English girls up the Champs Elysees & around the Arc de Triomphe at midnight at 80 mph

I was able to head out to a cool part west of central Paris called La Défense.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champs_Elysees)
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triumph)
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Defence)





where you can see that the French love their carousels



and you can see why



I don't remember them being so interesting when I was a kid.

Also here at La Défense you see that when French culture decides to thumb it's nose at the rest of the world, they've got one big enough to do it with:


So that takes us through Paris. After 9 days there waiting for the cold, rainy weather to break I headed off to Orleans & down the Loire River valley.


But that will have to wait until my next installment.

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