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The Rock-itt : December 2009
matching pair of badgers but at 6,000 euros they were a bit out of my range! The Deyrolle store, Director Wes Anderson's favourite shop in Paris! From Deyrolle we hopped on to the Metro for another Gallery visit, this time an old favourite, The Pompidou Centre. The Pompidou Centre, built by a maniac!! It was near there that we had our best meal in Paris. We had lunch at a restaurant called The Bulldog, at 65 Rue Ruisseau. Nice place, I had a great Onglet steak, highly recommended! The Pompidou Centre is a treasure trove and also gives you great views of Paris. Check it out on www.centrepompidou.fr A few hours at The Pompidou and then across to the Champs Elysees to a confectionery shop called Laduree - beautiful, expensive and almost too good to eat. The Laduree counter, yummy A step up from Arnotts but I still love my Anzac biscuits. They were very pretty though. Biscuits too colourful to eat Paris is always good fun, we saw Jim Morrison's grave this time which is a rather unassuming one in the Pere Lachaise cemetery. It is definitely not on the scale as Oscar Wilde's mausoleum in the same cemetery. Oscar's is a large concrete block with a statue and the whole thing has been covered in lipstick kisses put there by adoring visitors. My wife is researching her family tree and has found a distant Uncle who was killed in the first World War. His grave is near the town of Amiens to the north of Paris so we decided to go and visit him on our way back to England. We took the train from the Gare Du Nord for the 90 minute journey to Amiens where I had arranged to hire a car from our friends at Europcar. This turnedouttobeabitofa disaster because we arrived after midday day and our ex- friends at Europcar had closed down for the weekend! The locals always make sure there is aTshirtonthisstatueofaboyinthe river at Amiens We couldn't find an alternative hire car in all of Amiens so we had to take a 100 euro taxi ride to the village of Gezaincourt where we found the war grave -a moving but expensive pilgrimage! The absence of a hire car meant wehadtogetabusandatrain to Lille where we were due to pick up the Eurostar back to London. It turned out that our scheduled train no longer stopped at Lille and the 'bargain' tickets we had purchased two months previously were invalid. We had to buy more tickets to get back to London at the cost of 800 euros for the three of us, that's $400 AUS each for an hour and a half train journey!!! Thanks to Lauren Hill for a few of her pictures. (the better ones!)