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London 2

London, September 26th

semi-overcast 18 °C

After a long sleep we were ready to start the day in London. We went on the Big Bus which is just around the corner. On the Big Bus we saw the London landmarks such as the Marble Arch, Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, The Gherkin, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and many more.

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London streets were so busy. All the buildings were old and beautiful. There is one shop I really want to go to called Hamleys, which is a famous British toy shop. My dad promised to take me there tomorrow.

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We went to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards. There was a lot of police on horses to control the huge crowd. After a long wait we managed to see the guards in red uniforms wearing tall funny hats.
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In the afternoon we went for a river cruise down the Thames. We went under the Tower Bridge and were very lucky because we saw it opening right in front of us. The boat took us to Greenwich. There was the Royal Maritime museum and we went to the Royal Observatory Greenwich which is the Prime Meridian ( 0.0 longitude) also where GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) originated

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After we wondered about a bit longer we caught the light rail and the metro back to the apartment. We got dinner at The Bag o’ Nails, which is an old traditional English pub very close to our apartment. We had pie and mash and fish and chips. My dad had a selection of cask ales.

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Paris to London

London, September 25th

sunny 17 °C

Today was our last day in Paris. We got up and went to a crepe place around the corner. The man who made the crepes was a true artist. He had a huge range of fillings. My mum , brother and I got a crepe with sugar but my dad was a bit more exotic and got an egg, cheese and ham crepe.

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We caught the Eurostar train to London. It took two and a half hours. We crossed the English Channel via the tunnel. We arrived at St. Pancras station. Then we caught the metro to Victoria station. Our apartment was only a couple minutes away from this station.

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Our apartment has two levels the top level has the bedrooms and bathrooms while the bottom has the kitchen and lounge. After a busy week in Paris it was good to relax. We decided to stay in for the night.

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Paris 7

Paris, September 24th

sunny 18 °C

Today we slept in until nearly 11 o’clock in the morning. It was great to relax a bit because we have been super touristy lately. We got croissants fresh from the oven for brunch from a boulangerie nearby called Mani.

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Finally we got up and went to Galeries Lafayette which is a very popular French shopping centre. Galeries Lafayette is full of designer fashion brands. I had a croque monsieur and a strawberry tart for lunch.

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When we had done about an hour of browsing at Gallery Lafayette we went to another shopping mall called “Printemps”. At Printemps we got some very good macarons. I got a rose, lychee and raspberry, my brother got a passionfruit and chocolate macaron, my Dad got a coffee and orange macaron and my Mum got a plain pistachio one.

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Afterwards we met up with my friend Natalie at her hotel. We went back to Primtemps but this time we went to go see the roof terrace on the ninth floor. We shared a gold chocolate éclair, it was really nice, she also got a lemonade filled with bits of gold. We had a great view of the city from the roof terrace.

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We went down to the first floor to visit a luxury toilet, it was really disappointing because it cost 1.50 euro but just like your typical toilet at home, but had coloured toilet paper.

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After our shopping experience we had dinner again with my friend and her family at the same place as two nights ago.

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Paris 6

Paris, September 23rd

sunny 18 °C

We finally managed to get up early so we went for breakfast at the restaurant opposite us called Café Beauvau. We just got a quick coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and croissant but we didn’t eat too much because we wanted to save ourselves for a fancy lunch.
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Then we went to Musée Rodin. We saw “The Thinker” in the garden and many other statues and paintings. We saw some more beautiful Van Gogh’s paintings. We also admired the beautiful garden full of roses and hedges.

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We met up with Nat’s family for lunch. We were all so excited because we were going to a 3 Michelin stars restaurant called L’ Astrance. At the restaurant they had food combinations you would never think of but they were really good. We had 5 courses plus entrée, palate cleansers and dessert. The food looked like art work. They were too beautiful to eat!

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On the way back, we passed the Eiffel Tower. Nat and I went on a merry-go-round. After we went to a big fountain just in front of the Eiffel Tower. The water splash was so big you could feel it on the other side of the road!

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In the evening we went for a walk to see Paris at night.

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Paris 5

Paris, September 22nd

semi-overcast 20 °C

Today we went back to Notre Dame. We managed to get in just before the tours, which was really lucky. Notre Dame has many complicated stained glass which was very similar to Sainte-Chapelle. My dad and I lit candles for my grandparents. When we got out of the Notre Dame the line had literally quintupled!

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We went to the George Pompidou Centre which was a modern building with very modern art. All of the artwork was really contemporary and difficult to understand. The art was not just paintings and drawings, there was also videos and music. But at the top of the building we had a great view of Paris.

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After we went to the George Pompidou centre, we caught up with my friend Nat and her family. We found her at the coffee near their hotel. I was very excited that I got to meet my friend in Paris. Nat gave me two bracelets that she bought in Greece. They have “eyes” on them, which is for good luck.
My Mum and Dad went to a wine tasting session and I went to the Louvre with Nat. It was good to go to the Louvre for the second time because I got to go to parts that I did not visit the first time. After the Louvre we went to a coffee shop and had some afternoon tea.

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Then we took them to the Arc de Triomphe. We went to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. We could see the beautiful city at night and we were lucky to catch the Eiffel Tower’s light show from a fantastic spot.

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