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Paris, Day 3

The third day of our stay in Paris, and the weather had changed to a beautiful spring day with loads of sunshine. First item on our agenda was a visit to the Eiffel Tower, where the queues were enormous. It took us an hour to get to the front of the queue, where a scuffle broke out when a Rumanian man decided to jump it and then made matters worse by trying to bribe his way in. He was then ignominiously marched off the premises.

After the Eiffel Tower, we paid a visit to the Dome des Invalides, where we could view the tomb of Napoleon

but where the adjoining museum was closed due to refurbishment. One item had been brought into the Dome, though, the Emperor's hat and coat:

We had come by a little jewellery shop on the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Dome des Invalides, and had gone in to take a closer look at some of the pieces. My sister quickly decided that she wasn't going to buy anything and quit the shop, but I had got talking to the owner who showed me some pendants and rings that she had recently made of amber. Now I love amber, and have always wanted to own a piece. And that's how I came to acquire

We ended our tour of the city in my sister's favourite department store, Galéries Lafayette

and took pizza back to the hotel.




May. 6th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Springtime really is the best time to visit the city. Neither too hot nor too cold, it's just so lovely there. And the shops! And the food! And the shops!

I'm really pleased with this ring of mine. The woman-joaillier had a great many beautiful pieces for sale, and I sort of picked this one at random while she was trying to convince me to try one with a dark blue stone instead; but when she saw how much I liked the amber she was magnanimous and deducted a third off the price to effect the sale. I wish I'd taken her card...Hang on! I've still got the receipt somewhere...Yes, here it is: GP Accessoires - 42, Avenue de la Bourdonnais; en route from the Eiffel Tower to the Invalides.

ETA: actually, the shop is called Baltic Treasure. GP Accessoires must be its parent company.

Edited at 2008-05-06 08:46 pm (UTC)