Thursday Sept 2, 2016

I wouldn’t normally bother with a blog-entry this early into a tour. I mean, it was only a couple of days ago that we left home. But (i) knowing that some of you have nothing better to do than read these pointless jottings … and (ii) suspecting that some of you worry about your friends and rellies who are travelling with us … and (iii) realising that you probably won’t rest-easy until you know your loved ones are safe … I felt I should update you.

So, let’s see – what can I say?

Well, to be honest, not a lot. Except that, after an uneventful 10 hours in the air, we arrived last night at midway-point in our journey to the other side of the world. Singapore, a glittering Asian showpiece, was all lit-up in welcome, but we really didn’t care. We were soon sleeping like babies in our oversized beds at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

After an embarrassingly yummy breakfast next morning, we headed for the stunning Orchid Gardens – then followed that up with Singapore’s newest attraction, Gardens by the Bay, featuring huge Supertrees, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest conservatories. Leisurely sightseeing and shopping came next, plus an evening transfer back to Changi Airport for the next leg in our exciting sojourn: 14 more hours in the air – to romantique France, and its glorious capital, Paris.

We were met by Gerard (our French-speaking Tour Manager) plus a waiting coach, and promptly drove off for an introductory peep at some famous Paris sights: like the Tuilleries Gardens … the Arc de Triomphe … the Eiffel Tower … the Avenue de Champs-Elysees … the Cathedral du Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite … the Louvre Museum … and the Place de la Concorde.

Come dinnertime, we sat down to a superb Midlife Madness Welcome in the restaurant at Hotel les Jardins du Marais (our home-&-bed for the coming three nights). It was a kind of “pinch-me-please” moment that felt a little surreal: we’re actually here in France … and our Grand French Adventure’s actually happening!

STILL TO COME: We go looking for the magnificent Palace of Versailles (built in the 1600s by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV), with its famous Hall of Mirrors and exquisite gardens. Don’t miss it …

PEOPLE-NEWS: The first of our world-famous Quacky Yellow Ducks has left the nest …

  • Eric gets our All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth’ Award – except, in Eric’s case, it was only ONE front tooth – the one that fell out during our inflight breakfast this morning. Eric spent the day looking for all the world like Blackbeard the Pirate (without a beard) until a local Parisienne dentist glued the offending molar back in. We suspect a little Blutak was involved, but Eric’s not saying …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

2 thoughts on “BYE SINGAPORE … HI PARIS!

  1. Ha ha. Poor Eric. How dreadful. Lucky that a fix was available so fast.
    Magic pics. Fun times had and yet to have we can see that Coons. Awesome bunch of people. 💞💞

  2. To Anne Brady
    Thought of you 02SEP – hope you had an all-up great day. Note to say you now own two pairs of hobby glasses, plus soft pink glasses case. Rod found it down the side of the front passenger’s seat! Where were we looking? Have fun. Jan hooted when she recognized you in the group photo, wearing your ever favourite cardigan.

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