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Hippity Hoppity Onwards To Harrods

 

It’s time for the Hop On /Off bus.  Off they go to hop off at Chinatown and walk up to Covent Garden.

Dad jumped on the bus and went upstairs to the deck on top. Mom looked at the stairs and figured she’d keep the bus driver company.                                                   

They got off at Chinatown and saw a pub that called to them.

They had to go inside and see all the slugs.  Rip off!  There were no slugs but a delicious bottle of Light Pepsi waited for them.

 

Off they went to Covent Garden.  They had to see where James Bowen and Streetcat Bob had been busking the Big Issue magazine.  Since those times James and Streetcat Bob have accomplished a lot.  These two former street guys are financially secure and can buy stuff they never ever thought they could at one time.                                                                               

The next stop for mom and dad was Harrods.                                                             The first stop was the food halls and specifically the different fancy teas.

Mom was in her glory and bought Harrods Tea….Afternoon Blend                                                                       Then it was over to the food halls for a peek at the fancy foods.                                                                           Mom saw a sandwich she just had to have.  It was two pieces of rye bread with butter, a cooked thinly sliced beet, smoked salmon, cut thinly and a few bean sprouts on top.  The sandwich was cut in fours…just the way mom likes.  Mom offered half to dad, who wrinkled up his nose but mom insisted as they should always be open to new ideas.  Dad took a quarter and loved it so much he ate the other quarter.

Mom wanted to buy something from Harrods other than just the tea, so decided to buy some perfume.  It cost more than the ready cash they had.  So dad would have to pull out more loot.  Dad disappeared to stand alone by a wall so he could get at his money belt.  A store security man went over and told him there was none of that in this store.  The security man thought dad was playing with himself….what a hoot!  Dad had to explain what he was trying to do without turning red  with embarrassment. MOL                                                               After purchasing the perfume our travellers went back to the hotel with their treasures.

Mom explained to dad that she needed her furs washed but the sink was as big as her face.  Dad said never fear, he will help.  So dad shampooed and used conditioner on mom’s fur.  Trouble is he didn’t get all the soap and conditioner out…a very difficult task.  So mom happily was walking around with a half pound of shampoo in her fur.  I sound like Shoko don’t I?  Let’s get the drama queen in here to explain the next chore of moms.  Thanks Kali.  Mom told dad she needed a bath also but the bathtub was too deep, she couldn’t step into it.  The bathtub was an old-fashioned tub but with handrails on each side of the tub.  The back didn’t go straight but was more like a slide.  A funny looking tub to mom.  Dad helped mom and she slid down the back of the tub and landed with a plop….kinda hard on the butt she said.  Yet here she was with water and soap. The inside of the tub was indented the shape of her legs and butt.  There was a problem because of these indentations she couldn’t lift her swollen legs  but the water felt so good.  A helping paw from dad and she was out and never wanted back in ever again. MOL

So sorry about the quality of the photo…think mom had too much tea before shooting the picture.   Do you see the grooves?                                                                    Well shampoo head and her mate, Helpful Harry, drifted off to sleep very quickly.

 

Next installment involves a train ride up country.

 

 

                                                                   

 

 

 

Mom and Dad Invade Paris

 

So when we left our intrepid explorers they had found the rooftop balcony and were mellowing.                                                                    After a good night’s sleep, they were ready to tackle Paris.  They had a tour lined up for 9am for the Eiffel Tower.  They got up early and decided to take the bus.  They got on the bus and after 2 hours weren’t getting close to the Eiffel Tower.  What to do?  They took a taxi to the Eiffel Tower.  Way quicker and they had time to spare.  The tour got together and went right up to the 2nd. floor.  There were long line ups for peeps to get in at the North, South, West and East gates,  on the ground but we bypassed them with our tour.                                                                        The view from underneath the tower leaves a lot to be desired, as you can see.

The Eiffel Tower took  2 years two months to build starting in 1887 and was inaugurated in 1889 and the Parisienne folk didn’t like it.  It didn’t  blend into the landscape and many found it ugly.  The cost in 1889 for the Eiffel Tower was 7,799,401.31 French gold francs.  Gustave Eiffel  decided to open the gates to people and charge a small fee for the pleasure, to recoup the millions of francs it cost.  He recouped his money in 6 months!   The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 meters) tall, including the antenna at the top.                                                                                  Dad is showing off his camera.  Nice isn’t it?  Well, on his way back to the hotel from the Metro (subway), a woman stopped him and informed him there was a known pick pocket following him.  He never showed off his camera again.  He wore a windbreaker to cover the camera when they were on the move.

The Tower’s Protection

The Tower’s Colours masque photo

The Tower’s Colours

Constructed using puddle iron, the Tower is protected from oxidation by several coats of paint to ensure that it lives forever.

In 1900 in his book ” The 300-Meter Tower “, Gustave Eiffel wrote, “We will most likely never realize the full importance of painting the Tower, that it is the essential element in the conservation of metal works and the more meticulous the paint job, the longer the Tower shall endure.”

The Tower has been re-painted 18 times since its initial construction, an average of once every seven years. It has changed colour several times, passing from red-brown to yellow-ochre, then to chestnut and finally to the bronze of today, slightly shaded off towards the top to ensure that the colour is perceived to be the same all the way up as it stands against the Paris sky. Sixty tons of paint are necessary to cover the Tower’s surface, as well as 50 kilometers of security cords, 5 acres of protection netting, 1500 brushes, 5000 sanding disks, 1500 sets of work clothes…and more than a year for a team of 25 painters to paint the Tower from top to bottom.

Excerpts taken from, “Visiting the Eiffel Tower.” http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/everything-about-the-tower/themed-files/97.html.

The view of Paris from the 2nd. floor of the Eiffel Tower were breathtaking.                                                        Paris and the river Seine were at our feet.                                                                     Isn’t this romantic?

                                                                           Mol…MOL  Mom blowing a kiss to dad….she looks like she’s drunk as a skunk.  That’s my mom!

After the remaking of, *Kiss me you Fool*, they were headed down and out of the Eiffel Tower.  Aw, now to tackle the bus.  Dad had his cell phone with all the pertinent locations, buses, and Metro stops.  How could they go wrong?                                                                      Off they went on the bus.  Mom was enjoying the architecture and dad told her to get off the bus…off they went and found out that they got off too soon.  They got on another bus and tried again.  They went a little way and dad hollered, “I made a mistake we should have taken another bus.”  Mom was getting a bit ticked off by this point.  Dad conceded he didn’t get the bus system and there was something wrong with the directions on the cell phone.  So they tried the Metro.  The Metro had no escalator down nor up and the stairs were a grind after a while.  It was the same on the Metro…get off/get on…MOL…Hop On/ Hop Off…till mom had enough and asked a very nice lady who gave her directions as they were nowhere near the hotel.

They returned to the hotel at 5pm and were rather spacy by this time.  They grabbed supper and retired for the evening.

The next day they were up and out early once again.  They had tickets for the Hop On/ Hop Off bus for two days.  Hop On/Hop Off buses are great cause if you see an area you would like to go investigate, you can get off the bus and go visit the area and then hop on the bus again later…no extra charge.  The bus had 4 routes or concentric circles it travelled.  Mom and dad made it through the yellow and green….got off at Avenue des Champs-Élysées.  The most expensive stores are located on this street.                                                                               Mom and dad went into the restaurant above for snacks and a coke.  Mom went to the washroom which was upstairs and she saw the biggest cockroach she’s ever seen.  She said it was at least two inches long.  She left her camera at the table with dad so couldn’t take a picture.  Bummer I would have liked to see it.                                                              Well, they couldn’t afford anything other than snacks so jumped on the Hop On/Hop Off bus and admired the scenery.

They came to the Arc de Triomphe and were overcome with the traffic from the 12 avenues connected to the circle.

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile letwal]  is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile — the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.

The Arc de Triomphe should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Excerpts taken from “Wikipedia”…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triomphe

Our travelers headed back to their room in the hotel.

Next installment mom and dad get a close up of the river Seine.