S: Paris was Well Good
BC: This book is a JJD Travel Enterprises production. Photos and trip entertainment were contributed by Jessica. Grandma Jean contributed photos, good humour and trip coordination. Dick collected and collated the photos and recorded the groups' experiences which comprise this book. Â© JJD Travel Enterprises, 2011
FC: Paris Was Well Good Jessica Goes to Paris
1: Paris Was Well Good Jessica Goes to Paris
2: One July day in 2011, Uncle Richard's new Jaguar drove up in front of Grandma Jean's and Dick's house in France. To their delight, Grandma Jean's little granddaughter, Jessica, emerged from the back seat for a visit. Aunty Sue was already visiting in France but had decided to travel on with Uncle Richard and Aunt Liz so a 'hostage exchange' was duly completed. | Hello Jessica!
3: The very next morning as Jessica luxuriated in her comfy bed watching Coronation Street, Grandma Jean said, 'Jessica, how would you like to go to Paris for a few days?' 'That would be well good!' exclaimed Jessica with equal measures of enthusiasm and delight.
4: The next day, Jessica waited excitedly at Vire Train Station for the train to Paris to arrive. Although she was somewhat puzzled as to how to put her ticket in the machine, she nevertheless boarded the train on time.
5: Jessica found the train journey to Paris quite exciting although she did take time out to ensure her camera was in working order. In due time the train arrived at Montparnasse Train Station in Paris and the little group of tourists made their way excitedly to the Metro where many interesting sights awaited them.
6: Emerging from the Metro, the visitors were met by an ever so nice man who showed them to the apartment Grandma Jean had rented. Jessica found the many flights of stairs quite daunting. However, she was thrilled with the view from her bedroom window, but even more thrilled with her bed which she put to frequent and extensive use over the holiday.
7: Because the journey had been so strenuous, Jessica indicated that it was time to ' ...refill the tank'. 'For I am a growing girl,' she explained gravely. So a cafe was found followed by a nearby shop which offered up a lovely desert. Grandma Jean and Dick found that this theme would be repeated many times over the next few days.
8: 'Mmmmmmm', said Jessica repeatedly throughout her visit to Paris.
9: Then the group was off for its first real adventure. Finding a Metro Station at the nearby Moulin Rouge, Jessica. wearing her brand new coat, thoughtfully planned the journey to their next destination.
10: Jessica found their journey took them to the Arc de Triomphe which, to her delight, was positioned at the top of the Champs Elysses, perhaps the most famous street in the world. And what wonders awaited the intrepid traveler as she made her way down the street: exclusive shops, interesting people, beggar dogs, street performers and even a place where she could try on different cars for size. 'Hmm', mused Jessica. 'Maybe a Vespa would be more my style'.
12: Another stop was required to 'refill the tank' before walking to the Eiffel Tower. Jessica found the tower to be 'a long way up'. Then they joined a bicycle tour which visited many Paris sights.
15: The group rode their bikes through the streets of Paris and along the Seine, visiting Notre Dame, Le Pont des Arts Bridge with its many lovers' padlocks and the Louvre Museum while enjoying the people and street entertainers. An evening boat ride and a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower at night ended a wonderful day..
17: After a good night's sleep, the trio arose and found a wonderful place to eat. They hired the very convenient Paris bicycles to make their way to some lovely street shopping at Boulevard Saint Germain. Jessica was particularly pleased with the many tricks she could do with her new scarf.
18: The travelers wandered through the Left Bank, enjoying the sights, the people and the shops. Ahhh, the heart of Paris.
20: The end of a long day saw the party cycle back to their comfy apartment, but first, oh yes, a Parisian Pizza. 'A perfect finish to the day,' sighed Jessica with considerable satisfaction as the last slice disappeared.
21: The next morning, the trio cycled down to the famed Galeries Lafayette. 'I have arrived!', exclaimed Jessica. 'Hurry, hurry,' rejoined Grandma Jean. 'We may miss some of the bargains!'
23: Perhaps not surprisingly, it was time to find a place for Jessica to eat before returning to the apartment.
25: Wandering through a nearby square on the return journey, the group relaxed in the company of commuters, street artists, buskers and some of the local characters before..... Jessica's favourite: Moules Frites!
27: The final morning featured a walk up a long hill with many steps to the Sacre Coeur, the Church of the Sacred Heart. The rich panoply of tourists, musicians and street artists were a delight to the group. At one point, Jessica was overcome by the experience and had to rest on Grandma Jean's lap before she could pose for a photo opportunity with a statue! And not to be overlooked: shopping in the nearby fabric district of Paris.
28: AAa | A | at last it | A | Finally, it was time to again make their way through the Metro to make the return journey to Vire. Amazingly, wherever Jessica went, she was somehow able to find a Starbucks in order to ease the ordeal of her journey. As usual, upon reaching their destination, it was necessary to once again 'refill the tank'. | Jessica's welcoming committee.
29: at | lat | Sadly, the following day, Uncle Richard's taxi service arrived and whisked Jessica away. | But as the car drove away, Jessica shouted, 'I love you, Grandma Jean! Paris was well good!'