London and Paris Vacation – Traveling Robert


– Hello everybody. Coming to you today from
the very heart of London. Bonjour, from Paris. (light music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding riding riding ♪ ♪ Riding with my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free ♪ ♪ In my RV ♪ – Greetings from the Miami
International Airport. Today we are flying across
the pond, to London, to be exact. With a short layover at Lisbon. For a change, our flight is delayed. So what better way to pass the time, than having a cold one while we wait. I was supposed to get a window seat, but the plane has this
kind of gimmicky and fuzzy, but way cool, displays, showing the view from the cockpit. It is almost as good as having a window. It is a good idea to stretch
your legs on a long flight, like this one. How? Well, by visiting the lavatory. So that’s what I’m doing,
besides, well, you know. You get a pretty good dinner, with a choice of fish and
pasta, and a decent breakfast. Even though it is the
most uncomfortable flight I have ever been on, it
goes by pretty quickly. In just under seven hours, we are landing in Lisbon, Portugal. (jazz music) We are at Lisbon Airport,
right here in Portugal, another country to add to my list. Our connecting flight is delayed, again, due to a pilots’ strike, but eventually, they take us on this bus, to a plane which is parked way back, by the runway, and off we go again. We’re leaving. (jazz music) This time, I manage to get a window seat, and we get a spectacular view of Lisbon, as the plane takes off. As the plane turns, it
is almost like the pilot is giving us an aerial tour
of the city on purpose. The bridge over the Tejo
River is to our right, does have a striking resemblance to the Golden Gate, in San Francisco. It was actually built by the same company that built the Bay
Bridge, in that same city. (jazz music) Let’s go back, instant replay style, and see all this from my
mom’s camera point of view. She is sitting a few rows further back, another seat arrangement screw up. We get fed one more time. It is almost too much food. (jazz music) We finally land at
London Heathrow Airport. (jazz music) We take a black cab to our
Air BNB flat in Greenwich. (rock music) Is that a game of cricket
I hear in the background? After over an hour, and
more than 100 pounds later, we arrive at our flat in Greenwich. We’ll take an Uber next time. The flat is actually
quite nice as an Air BNB. The kitchen has everything we need, even an espresso machine. Let me continue showing
you around the flat. That’s British for apartment, by the way. (jazz music) Now, we go out into the neighborhood. Google says there’s a supermarket nearby, but to be honest, I think we’re lost. Hello everybody, I have arrived here, we have arrived here at London. While this is not the
most attractive of places, here we are, looking for a supermarket. We were originally going to
go to the British Museum, but, hey, we had a series of
problems getting here. A strike by the airline pilots, et cetera, so we have arrived here too late to go to the British Museum today, but, we’ll go tomorrow, or the day after. I have no idea where we are. We’re looking for a Tesco
supermarket to buy some supplies. We went to a Tesco and
bought some supplies, and now we’re going back to the apartment, and tomorrow, hopefully, we’ll be able to see a lot more of the great landmarks this city has to offer. (light music) Don’t be misled by the
unattractiveness of this little stretch of town,
here by the Deptford Creek, and the railroad tracks. The neighborhood is actually quite lovely. We wish we had more time to explore it. Good morning, from Greenwich. Let’s head out to London. We walk a short distance,
towards the river, to take the Clipper to the city center. Greenwich is actually real pretty. Here, we stumble upon the Cutty Sark. One of the last sailing tea
clippers ever to be built, before they started using
steam for locomotion, or whatever the naval term is. Here’s our view from the pier. The tall pyramid is the Shard, the tallest building in
the city, and I believe, also in all of Western Europe. Right here, next to the pier, we see the Royal Naval College, and the University of Greenwich. I think our boat is coming. (light music) Off we go, cruising
along the Thames River. (light music) Here, we see Britain’s
second tallest building, at One Canada Square. As we pass by the Canary
Wharf, business district. Out in the distance, we see
the iconic Tower Bridge. I think this is really efficient of us, taking this Clipper. It saves us time, instead
of taking a dedicated river cruise for tourists, we are seeing all the same sights from a
mode of public transportation. Pretty cool. After we pass the Tower Bridge,
the warship to the right, is the HMS Belfast, of
Second World War prominence. Yep. (light music) As we start going under
the Millennium Bridge, we also see the dome of
St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is such a stereotypical
London weather day, overcast and gray, all
we need is a little fog. Actually, I’ve learned
that the famous London fog, is actually a myth. It was caused by pollution
from the coal mine chimneys, in the 19th century, so
it doesn’t happen anymore. We approach Westminster,
and it is time for us to get off the boat. We are getting on the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel
next to the Thames River. As we continue gaining
altitude, we start enjoying great views of the city, from
this higher vantage point. The wheel rotating ever so slowly. It takes about half an hour to complete one whole revolution. (light music) We see Westminster down
there, and let me zoom in on this double decker bus. We’ll see lots of them. We can also Buckingham Palace. The square in front of
it, packed with tourists, waiting for the changing
of the guards ceremony. (light music) Our 30 minute ride on this 135 meter tall Coca Cola commercial is coming to an end. The serene ride on the
London Eye will set you back about 30 pounds, yeah. About a pound per minute. It does include a five
minute long 4D movie. Whether it’s worth it or not,
I leave it entirely up to you. I think I would do it once, like today, on my first visit to London. Next time, I’ll spend that
money on some fish and chips, and the London Pride beer. For sure. Hello everybody. Coming to you today from
the very heart of London. We walk across the Westminster Bridge. To the north bank of the
river, along with the hundreds of other tourists in the area. (bell chiming) (light music) Here, we arrive at Westminster Abbey, the famous Gothic church here in London, and I really wanted to go inside. But the line is over an hour, and they don’t even let you
take pictures or video inside, so, as much as I wanted to
see it, forget about it. We will content ourselves,
contemplating its anticlimactic facade. (bell chiming) We continue walking
towards Parliament Square, with its statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Also, they have a statue of Churchill, and all the tourists are taking pictures. We wanted to continue exploring this area, but we are getting really hungry, and a little tired of walking around. So we take an Uber. We are going to eat at a
typical fish and chips place. The Chippy, as it is also known (mumbles). The Rock and Sole place, it is one of the oldest ones in town. Very good food and service. Since we are in the neighborhood, we walk down to the Covent Garden area. (light music) At the center of it all,
there is this former fruit and vegetable market. Nowadays, this popular shopping district and restaurants, and it’s a touristy site. Let’s admit it. We continue walking south,
until we reach the Strand. One of London’s main arteries. The road actually dates
back to the Roman times, and then, it was also
used in the Middle Ages, and this zig zagging white
lines on London streets, are there actually to alert
drives of possible pedestrians crossing the street in the area. Who would have thunk it? We continue towards Trafalgar Square. (bagpipe music) The area is also very lively and touristy, with street musicians and
performers, right here, in front of the National Portrait Gallery. The name of the square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar,
of the Napoleonic War. At the center here, we
have Nelson’s Column. Now coming to you from Trafalgar Square, right here in London. As you can see behind
me, the National Gallery, and we’re gonna continue
roaming the streets of this great city. Here also, they usually
hold many demonstrations, and most importantly, the
New Year’s celebrations. (bagpipe music)
(sirens blaring) We decide to hop on the
public transportation, so we go down to the Underground to get something called an Oyster Card. The Oyster Card is a rechargeable card that you can use on the
Underground, and also, on the bus system. We take one of the double decker buses, going east on the Strand,
towards St. Paul’s Cathedral. We are now riding in one of the
classic double decker buses. (jazz music) We have managed to get into
one of the real old buses. (jazz music) Hey. We get off by St. Paul’s Cathedral. Queen Anne’s statue is
right in front of it. We make an attempt to go inside, but it is almost 20 pounds,
and they don’t let you film inside either, so we
decide not to go inside St. Paul’s after all. (people talking) We follow the crowds towards
the Millennium Bridge, which is a modern,
pedestrian only passage, which opened on June of 2000. Hence, its name, Millennium. There you go. There’s a juggler, pretty cool. (jazz music) They also have these
people with these carts, selling roasted nuts. It seems to be a thing. Here, I’m sure I was
saying something profound and inspiring about the bridge, but, unfortunately, my
microphone malfunctioned. Okay, let me try to overdub. Hey, here’s St. Paul’s
Cathedral behind me, and the Thames River, the
Walkie Talkie, the Shard. You get the idea. The bridge was very wobbly
when it first opened, so they had to close it
down for two more years, to eliminate the wobble. It finally reopened in 2002. (jazz music) Here, we also pass by Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s a replica of the 1599 Globe Theater, which was built by the playing company to which Shakespeare belonged. (jazz music) We hop in an Uber. (jazz music) We’re going towards the Tower of London, which is not that far, but
we want to waste no time. Besides, mother is tired. The Tower of London is
this historic castle on the north bank of the river, and it is a major tourist
attraction here in London. It houses the crowned jewels of England. (rock music) Many prisoners, including
Queen Anne Boleyn, entered through here, the Traitor’s Gate. We have some refreshments. Taking a quick break here. Overlooking the Shard,
which is where we intend to end our day today. While we are here, let’s walk
towards the Tower Bridge. Here, we see the London City Hall, this funky looking building on
the other side of the river. We arrive and go across the bridge. This iconic landmark is a
bascule and suspension bridge. It dates back to the late 19th century. It was an engineering marvel,
when it was completed. (jazz music) More roasted nuts carts. (jazz music) We take yet another
Uber, towards the Shard. In order to get to the building, we must go through the
London Bridge Station. Here we are. Now this place is expensive. It is 25 pounds to get to the top. Really, 25 pounds. That is almost $40 US. Hey everybody. I am coming to you from the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Here we are, ending
our day here in London. (jazz music) To continue my rant about
this place and the price, I think out of all the
places we have visited here in London so far, this
one is quite a rip-off. 25 pounds for just standing
around the top floor, behind some somewhat dirty glass. Yes, the views are pretty impressive, even on this somewhat gray and hazy day, but I don’t think it’s worth the 40 bucks. Sorry. (jazz music) We take the Underground,
also known as the Tube, in order to get back
to our Greenwich flat. At the Bank Station, we switch to the DLR, or the Docklands Light Rail. It is a system of automated trains that goes to this further
area, where we’re staying. As night falls, we approach
our destination in east London. (jazz music) We end the day at this local
pub, here in Greenwich, called The Miter, and I discovered my new favorite London ale. It is called London Pride. Good morning. Today, we continue exploring London. We take the DLR once again, and get off at the Canary Wharf station. The station is actually quite nice, with this elliptical glass roof. We are at Canada Square,
here in the Canary Wharf, which is a major business
district here in London. We walk towards the Tube station. Here, we take the Jubilee
Line towards the Green Park. This is definitely the
fastest and most efficient way to travel in the city,
but you are underground, so there is no scenery. We get off at the Green Park station, and walk along these long
passageways to the exit. There’s a light mist coming down. As the name of the station suggests, we emerge at Green Park. It is one of the royal
parks here in London, and it’s very close to Buckingham Palace, which is, coincidentally,
where we’re going. All these people seem to be
here for the same reason we are. To witness the changing
of the guard ceremony. There’s really not a
whole lot going on so, either we are too early,
or what’s more likely? Late. The band is playing inside though. Let’s get a little closer. I don’t really know what’s going on, but this is kind of dull. Now they stopped playing. Well, we’re standing right
here, next to the gate, so, should I ask these
two guys what’s going on? Maybe not. (royal music) They have started playing again, and it looks like they are coming out, so let’s try to get a good spot. So many tourists are
waiting here for this. I really hope it is worth it. But, not only did we get here late, we got a horrible viewing spot. Thank goodness for my selfie stick, but still, we’re too far away. (marching band music) Yep, that was it. I am surrounded here by all
this disappointed tourists, who couldn’t see anything. I don’t really see what the big deal is. I mean, the band sounds nice, it’s a tradition, it’s a thing. You know what is a thing? Selfies. Really a thing nowadays. (people talking) Hello everybody, and
greetings from London. Once again, our second full day here, and I’m standing in front
of Buckingham Palace, and we just witnessed, sort
of, the changing of the guard. We arrived a little late, and now we’re going to
continue roaming the streets of this great city,
and show you lots more. By the way, take a look at
all the TV station back there, because today was the … Was it today or yesterday? The birth of the royal baby. Seems to be a big deal around this place. See you later. Here we are, going across
this great, wide avenue, called The Mall. It goes from here all the
way to Trafalgar Square. (people talking) We walk along Saint James
Park, looking for a restroom, or a water closet, or the
loo, as they call it here. By the way, bring spare change. The loo ain’t free. The park is quite beautiful,
even on this overcast day. We walk to this street called Pall Mall, which is parallel to the mall, and we take an Uber
towards the British Museum. Here, we pass by Piccadilly
Circus on the way, which is considered London’s
version of Times Square, but nah, not really. In some ways, it kind of
reminds me of Puerta del Sol in Madrid, for some reason, but nah, it’s not that either. I guess it is its own thing. It is basically a meeting place, that’s surrounded by some tourist traps, theaters, restaurants, and the great, giant electronic billboard. (jazz music) We are at the British Museum. Mega line. This has to be one of the
greatest museums in the world. The amount of ancient relics
they hold at this place, is truly overwhelming. By the way, entrance is free. As we enter, the first thing
we see is the Great Court, which is Europe’s largest covered square. It is supposedly larger
than a football field. We go around the Reading Room, which is this round
structure in the middle. Originally, a great study
hall, where many famous people, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
and even Karl Marx and Lenin did some of their research. Too much research, maybe. The sun has come out. We are going to enter the West Wing. This is where all the
Egyptian, Assyrian and Greek artifacts are located. As we enter the Egyptian gallery, here’s the piece de
resistance, the Rosetta Stone, which was discovered in 1799. Without this piece of
rock, we may have never been able to translate the
ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. It has the same text in
ancient Egyptian at the top, medieval Egyptian at the
center, and Greek at the bottom. Since we already knew
the bottom two languages, it was relatively easy to decipher the hieroglyphs at the top. The meaning of which were a mystery, until this great discovery in 1799. The Rosetta Stone, an ancient
version of Google Translate, if you will. We continue towards the
right, and here we see this statue of Ramses II. This is the guy who gave Moses a hard time liberating the Hebrew slaves. This was actually just the
top of a much larger statue. Next, we go into this area
dedicated to Egyptian animals. Which they worshiped as
incarnations of the gods. This ram here represents the god Amun, protecting the fragile human pharaoh. The cat represents the goddess Bastet, goddess of joy, dance, music and love, and the protection of pharaohs in battle. Busy goddess. All these boxes made out of stone, that’s where they used to put the mummies. This huge granite scarab beetle, here at the end of the gallery, was a symbol of resurrection
and the rising sun. This is apparently because
the beetle would go into the ground, and then
reappear, like the sun rising and setting, like dying and resurrecting. Okay, let’s go to the second floor, to see actual mummies. Along this exquisite Turkish
and North African mosaics, which date back to the second century. Here we have it, the
painting that inspired the walk like an Egyptian cliche. It is called Nebamun
Hunting in the Marshes, from about 1350 B.C. The stiff Egyptian look is accomplished by the torso being painted
from the front perspective, and everything else in profile, because they didn’t know
how to paint any better. We continue walking along
all these glass cases, displaying all these mummies
and coffins and statues, and here we see the xray image
of the inside of this coffin. That’s pretty cool. This man, right here, is
known to scientists as Ginger, or the Gebelein Man. He was 18 to 21 years old when he died, but he wasn’t artificially mummified, like the rest of the mummies. He was naturally preserved by
being buried in the dry sand, with all his organs intact, as well as some of his possessions. Apparently he died at around 3,600 B.C. That’s 1,000 years before the pyramids. Impressive that we can
still see his red hair. We see more coffins,
burial sties, artifacts, paintings, animal sculptures. We go back down to the main gallery. This long closed fisted hand belonged to a colossal statue, and here’s
the head of that statue, with its crown. And more and more
statues, as we walk along. This small one stood at
the door of a burial place. Now, we move into the Assyrian exhibition. These two human headed winged lions are our welcoming committee. They originally guarded the
palace, at around 860 B.C. In what nowadays is Iraq. Now, here we are at the Nereid Gallery. Here we see examples of the
first ever written language. The cuneiform writing, which
was invented 5,000 years ago, by the Sumerians in southern Mesopotamia. Way way before the Assyrians. We exit the Assyrian gallery,
along these winged bulls from the Palace of Sargon. Next, we are going into the Greek gallery. Wow. We stand before a Greek temple. This one, in particular, is
called the Nereid Monument from Xanthos, which is, or
was, in southwest Turkey. It has all the elements of
the standard Greek temple, the pyramid, which is
the triangle at the top, the frieze that goes
around and the medopiece, which are the relief rock slabs. These statues of exquisite
craftsmanship were originally on the temple as well. You can tell special attention was paid to the rendering of the wet clothes. Now we are here at the Main Hall, with all these carved reliefs and statues, which are called the Elgin Marbles. Most of them were made by
Greek sculptor Phidias, and his assistants. They originally decorated
the greatest temple of all the Parthenon, which still stands at the Acropolis in Athens,
well, what’s left of it anyways. First, we have these relief panels, which were part of the frieze. They represent a parade,
celebrating the birth of the city. All these panels were originally
painted in bright colors, and it must have been quite a sight, to see them all around the temple. At the far end of this hall, we have the Pediment sculptures. They supposedly depict
the moment where the city and the goddess Athena were born. The Greek gods lounging at a banquet. Even though the backs of these statues were never meant to be seen, they still show pretty good detail. Steve Jobs would be proud. Finally, the middle piece,
originally above the columns. Many of them depicting
humans fighting centaurs. They symbolize the struggle
between civilization and barbarism. The things we learn. By the way, curious to
know how all this stuff ended up here? Well, this guy, Thomas Bruce,
the Seventh Earl of Elgin, he used somewhat dubious legal grounds and controversial
methods, and removed half of the Parthenon’s sculptures, and sold them to the British
Museum in the early 1800s. A lot of them were later damaged during the cleaning process, and
now Greece wants them back. Why wouldn’t they? No matter where they belong,
or where they end up, this cultural treasure
belongs to all mankind. The pillars of western
civilization were established during this Greek golden age. We could spend the whole day here, and I could spend the
whole day talking about it, but we must go on. The rest of London awaits. We’re leaving, the sun is out. (jazz music) We take another Uber. Does this street look familiar? Of course. It is The Strand. That’s the St. Paul’s Cathedral up ahead. (jazz music) We get off by the Tower of London and the nearby Tower Bridge. Although we were here yesterday, today we are going to
the Tower Bridge again to see the Tower Bridge Exhibition, which will set us back
about 14 pounds per person, but it might be worth it. The Exhibition begins
with this movie about the politics and the design of the bridge. Then we go up to the walkway, which has this really cool glass floor. Beware, if you are prone
to altitude sickness. (rock music) Here’s Bryan, making a
time lapse with his iPhone. (rock music) Here we see a great view
of the river to the east, and another great view
to the west as well. (rock music) At the end of the Exhibition,
we see another video, showing how the bridge actually works when a tall ship wants to go through. We take an elevator down
to the ground level, to go see the steam engine,
that was originally used to operate the bridge. (jazz music) So interesting to see how all this Victorian machinery worked. The bascule engine. (jazz music) We continue having a wonderful time, here in our second full day in London. We just visited the
Tower Bridge experience, and that was pretty cool
with the glass bottom floor, and all that. Now we continue roaming the
streets of this wonderful city. We’re gonna try to find something to eat. We continue, and walk past the City Hall, this building, and then eat at this pub, called The Horniman. I have some kind of meat pie
with vegetables and a beer. Pretty good food, slow service. The Horniman is located at this mall, called the Hays Galleria. Off we go. We go down to the Tube, one more time, and get off at St. Johns Wood. We are going to visit a must-see place, if you are a Beatles fan. Abbey Road studios. Hello everybody, we are
standing here at the very spot where the Beatles stood
in 1967 for the cover of their album, Abbey Road. Right here. Everybody’s having such a
great time, taking pictures. (jazz music) This is what it looks
like, on a regular day, at one of the most famous
sidewalks in the world, Abbey Road. They have a live webcam at this location. You can check it out at
abbeyroad.com/crossing. Here’s the video of one
of the bloopers from that vantage point. ♪ The long and winding road ♪ – I’m standing here at the
very spot where the Beatles stood, back in 1967 for the
cover of the last album, (yells unintelligibly). (laughing) (speaking a foreign language) It is actually amazing that
more people don’t get run over at this famous crosswalk. Yep, that’s us on the bottom right, checking out the studio wall. (jazz music) We hop on the Tube, one more time. We change trains at Baker Street, where the fictitious
character, Sherlock Holmes, used to live. And this place needs no introduction. The Piccadilly Circus. (people talking) Hi everybody, I think we’re going to end our night here in London at this, one of the most iconic
landmarks this city has. The Piccadilly Circus. See you tomorrow. (jazz music) Good morning from London. We are on our way to the
Victoria Coach Station, where we are going to take a tour of Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge. The tour is offered by Evan Evans Tours, and we booked through the website Viator. (jazz music) Our first stop is the Windsor Castle. Here we have to make
this long line to go in, along with all these other tour groups. We finally pass through
the security checkpoint, and here we are. This is the oldest and
largest occupied castle in the world. Yes, the Queen still lives here. Mainly on weekends. We walk up the castle hill, and go through the St. George’s Gate, and
around the round tower. Windsor is just six miles west
of London Heathrow Airport, so the planes are a little
bit of a nuisance sometimes. The original moat has been
converted into this garden. Here is the Norman Gate,
the main entrance to the Upper Ward of the castle. Here, we’re going to visit
the State Departments, but photography is not
allowed inside, unfortunately, so you are going to have to
make it all the way here, if you want to see it. Here, across the courtyard, you have the Royal Apartments, where the Queen actually
lives when she’s here. The statue on horseback
is of King Charles II. There is another plane flying by. Who builds a castle so
close to an airport? Wait a minute, it was the
other way around, wasn’t it? It is really a shame I
can’t show you the inside of the State Departments, because they are truly magnificent. Even after a fire in 1992
destroyed part of it. It has been fully restored though. We exit through the Norman Gate, where they used to pour hot
oil over enemy visitors. It’s a good thing we’re friendly. And we’re going down into the Lower Ward. Here we encounter the St. George’s Chapel. A fine example of Gothic architecture. Photography inside is also frowned upon, but I left my camera on inadvertently, so might as well show you
whatever footage I got. This chapel is also
the final resting place of 10 dead kings, including
Henry VIII and his wife, and also Charles I. (people talking) We walk out, into the town of Windsor. Here’s one last look at the castle. It seems to be a charming town, but we have absolutely no time to explore. If we don’t rush, actually, the tour bus might leave us here, and we’ll miss the rest of the trip. That’s going to be a constant bummer during the whole tour. More than a tour, it’s really more like an overview of these places. Always rushing, always
looking at the clock. It is rather stressful. (jazz music) As we approach Bath, the landscape becomes increasingly beautiful, with
all these rolling hills. (jazz music) Here we are, arriving in Bath. The bridge to the left
over the River Avon, is the Pulteney Bridge, one of four bridges in the whole world lined with shops on both sides. Here we are, by the circus, a fine example of Georgian architecture, which is British for neoclassical. This structure, as well as
the bridge we saw before, date back to the mid-1700s. If the former was inspired, perhaps, by Ponte Vecchio in Italy, this one was inspired by the
Roman Colosseum, inside out. We continue, and the bus drops us off near the Roman baths, which
we are going to visit next. We wait by this nice square,
among crowds of tourists, like us. Luckily, we are in front
of the majestic Bath Abbey. Officially, the Abbey Church
of St. Peter and Paul. It is, I have learned,
another great example of perpendicular Gothic architecture. Had we had the time, we
would visit it for sure. But, it is time to enter
the baths, so follow me. This is the site of an ancient Roman bath. Built during the Roman
occupation of Britain, which lasted until about 400 A.D. But most of what you see here, dates only back to the 1700s,
or even more recent times. Built on top of 12th and
16th century structures. By the way, these are the
only naturally occurring hot springs in the entire United Kingdom. The name Roman baths may be
a little misleading here, since there is very
little authentically Roman in plain sight. Underground, it’s a different
story at the museum, and we’ll see that soon enough. From the baths, we can
see this small square, by the side of the abbey. There are always street
musicians in these squares, and you know, what I really want to do is come back to this city and
just chill here by the square, and explore, get lost. But of course, there’s no time. Meanwhile, we continue
walking around the main pool, among all these Victorian era sculptures, which honestly, originally
I thought were Roman. What do I know? In the pool down there,
however, is still lined with sheets of lead, actually dating back to the Roman times. (people talking) Here, we get to see the hot spring, and the hot mineral water, bubbling. Next, we go underground, into the museum, and we see what’s left of
the original Roman pediment. And we walk around more
ruins of the ancient baths. Don’t be impressed by the steam coming out from under our feet, it is artificial. It actually comes out of these nozzles. I’m such a buzz kill. This impressive face belongs
to the goddess Minerva. (water running) And here’s the actual spring, where all the water comes from. And then, spills through
here, into the great bath. The main pool, as I called it before. (jazz music) Well, it is pretty much time to go. Here we see again the
aforementioned Pulteney Bridge, over the River Avon. So pretty. (jazz music) Next, we’re gonna go to our final and most coveted destination. Stonehenge. (jazz music) These here are reconstructions
of the types of huts where the people of this
area supposedly lived 5,000 years ago. Look at all these sheep. How cute. Hanging out on the prairie. And here you have it,
this bunch of rocks here, in the middle of nowhere. Very old rocks. 5,000 year old rocks. Archeologists have found
evidence that this was originally a burial site,
built over the course of about 1500 years. We are standing, as you
can see, at Stonehenge, in England. It was a beautiful day,
but it has started to rain, right now. Let me give you a panoramic all around me. There are some sheep back there, posing for the pictures, and of course, here it is. This great landmark of history. Stonehenge. Stonehenge was also apparently
an astronomical monument of some sort, although
there is no proof of that. A bunch of people gathered
here on the summer solstice to watch the sun rise,
as the stones are aligned with the spot where the sun rises on the longest day of the year. There is also gathering on the sunset on the winter solstice. Here we are, just getting soaking wet. So, off we go. We are leaving Stonehenge. Until next time. (rain pouring) Bye sheep, bye Stonehenge,
we’re going back to London. Our day trip here was
about $130 per person. Was it worth it? Perhaps. We saw a lot, but it was
also very very rushed. The tour wanted to cover too much, in very little time. So it is what it is, an overview. It left us wanting more, so
we shall return sometime, with more time. On our last night in London, we eat at an Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani place in the famous Brick Lane, called Sheba. Probably the culinary highlight
of our time in London. This was fabulous. We’re almost closing down the place, it’s what, 11 p.m.? Very good. Sheba. Time to get back to our
flat, under the pouring rain. Brick Lane. Saying goodbye to Greenwich. This is the view from our balcony. Our last morning here in London. We’ve barely scratched the surface, here, in this city, so we must return sometime. Hopefully soon. Not only do I want to
explore more of London, also our charming neighborhood,
here in Greenwich. (wind blowing) We take another Uber, since
we have some time left, before we have to leave
for the train station. We arrive at Greenwich Park. Here’s another great view of London, from this higher vantage point. (speaking foreign language) We are going to visit the
Royal Observatory of Greenwich. The Royal Observatory. We arrive shortly before it opens. (speaking foreign language) Here we have the remaining 10 foot section of what was, in the late 1700s, the largest telescope in the world. 40 foot long, which made
it somewhat impractical. Hi everybody. Hello one more time from London. Here I am straddling the line that divides the east from the west. It’s a fictitious line, obviously, but it’s been used for
navigation and many other things. This is longitude number
zero on our planet Earth. We’re coming to you from
the Greenwich Observatory, right here in London. These rooms were originally the residence of John Flamsteed, the
first Astronomer Royal who lived here. Pretty Spartan, if you ask me. Then, we walk into this
room with all these clocks, and measuring instruments. Clocks became very
important for navigation. It was relatively easy to
determine one’s latitude at sea, by the position of the stars and such, but without accurate
time, it was impossible to determine longitude, or
how far east or west you were. Pendulum clocks did not work well at sea, with all the constant pitching
and rolling of the ships. That is illustrated in this display. The next room is the Time
and Longitude Gallery. The following is a collection
of the Harrison timekeepers. Named H One, H Two, and H Three. As the design gradually improved, so the clock could work at sea. They were all designed by
carpenter and clockmaker, John Harrison. Third time piece. Eventually, clocks became
more accurate, smaller, and even portable. Next, we see an early
quartz clock from the 1950s. Another quantum leap in accuracy. Finally, today’s standard,
the atomic clock. There is also a camera obscura, which is a dark room, in which
the light coming at the top is reflected in a mirror
up there and projected on this table underneath. Pretty cool. Time to go up to the great
equatorial telescope. The largest of its kind in the U.K. Completed in 1893, and
retired in the 1960s, it has a rare 28 inch lens
that weighs 200 pounds. It is still used for private, and usually, sold out viewings in the winter. We’ll go back down to the town. Walking along this very pretty park. Greenwich Park. (wind blowing) (water flowing) We pass by the Maritime Museum, and get this quick glimpse
at Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle. Made by British-Nigerian
artist, Yinka Shonibare. We continue walking along
the streets of Greenwich, wishing we could stay longer, but, time is running out. We go down quickly to the
Greenwich Foot Tunnel, which goes under the Thames. It first opened in 1902, but, we don’t have time to go all
the way to the north bank. (people talking) – [Elevator] Doors closing. Ground floor. – We are out of time. In fact, we are running late. We have a train to catch, so promptly, we take another Uber. I’m gonna have to get
them to sponsor the show, if I mention them so much. (jazz music) We are on our way to St.
Pancras International train station, in order to
board the Eurostar to Paris. Unfortunately, we don’t make it on time, but fortunately, there
is a train every hour, so we are able to board the next one. (jazz music) Well, we are on the way and very excited to visit the City of Light, and the train ride is quite nice. It feels shorter than it actually is. Having wine certainly helps. We go underwater for about 20 minutes, and then, we are in France. Two and a half hours
later, we are in Paris. Yep, the sight of Basilique du Sacré Cœur in Montmartre, tells us
we are at the right place. We are in Paris. We have arrived here at Gare du Nord, or the North Station. It may not look like
it, but it is Europe’s busiest train station, and the busiest in the
world outside of Japan. (jazz music) Here we are passing by the
Place de la Republique. Isn’t Paris an amazing city? (jazz music) Wait a minute, I think we’re about to hit this cyclist in front of us. That was kinda scary, but … Where did this guy get
his license, I’m serious. Yep, we are getting close. (jazz music) We have arrived at our temporary home. Here’s the view from our
seventh floor apartment, here in Le Marais. My mom’s long-time friend
and accomplished writer, Madame Machine, has come to visit, and she will be our guide tonight. Since she has lived
here for so many years, she knows every nook
and cranny of this city. We decide to go for a walk
around our neighborhood in Le Marais. They have these small markets, pretty much at every block. This plug-in electric vehicle belongs to a car sharing service they
have here called Autolib, very very cool. Man, Paris is so great, isn’t it? For example, you can see a
fountain, like this one here, where you least expect it. This is just a regular street. (jazz music) We are now approaching Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in the city, and it is pretty much
the prototype for all these kind of residential squares that are all over Europe. Hi everybody, we have
finally arrived in Paris. I’m here, standing at Place des Vosges. It was originally named Place Royal, by King Henry IV, in the early 1600s. Notice how all the facades
have the same design? That was one of the
architectural innovations of this square. Many prominent historical
figures have established residence at the Place
des Vosges over the years. Most notably, writer Victor Hugo, famous for Les Miserables and
the Hunchback of Notre Dame. This used to be his apartment. We continue exploring Les Marais, the most historic and
aristocratic district. Here we encounter a gas station. Yeah, that is the whole thing. They don’t really waste space here with something as
mundane as a gas station. As night falls, it is time to eat. We are at Brasserie
Bofinge, here in Paris, right next to the Place de la Bastille. We have some Bachelet wine, of course, and some bread, to get started. I decide to be adventurous
and order the foie gras. I have never had it before. Madame Machine orders the oysters. Very famous at this place. It is really quite a lovely dining room, with this lively cupola, very elegant. Here’s the gratin dauphinois
and the sautee beef, and my southwestern duck
with spring onion hash brown and roasted tomato, mmm, so good. For dessert, well, I have
the creme brulee, what else. It looks like we are
closing down the place, so let’s go, let’s get outta here. I leave you with this view
of Place de la Bastille, with the new opera
house in the background. Good night. Bonjour from Paris. I am here in front of the Palais Garnier, the old opera house. Here, we begin our first full
day at the City of Light. Yes, we are going to explore
this magnificent building, in a few. But first, we have an
amazing breakfast of cafe ole and croissant at this lovely
place around the corner, called Le Grand Cafe Capucines. I think it might be a
little late for breakfast, or early for lunch,
because the whole place is pretty much deserted. Here we are, in front
of the Palais Garnier. Once again, check out this
guy in the orange sweater. There seems to be
something wrong with him. He seems to be talking
to himself all the time, and it’s kind of creepy, but everybody’s ignoring him,
and maybe we should too. Okay, let’s go inside. We have booked a 11 a.m. English tour. Look at the exquisite
details of the lamps, and the overall architecture. It is quite wonderful. There’s a statue of
architect Charles Garnier, the man responsible for all this beauty. Okay, let’s go inside. We begin the tour by
this sculpture of Pythia, which represents the patron of artists. Right here, under the grand staircase. Pythia, or the Oracle of Delphi, is also a mythological character
and god Apollo’s priestess. In the late 1800s, those balconies on top would have been full of people. The general public, would have
come through the main door. We, however, are VIPs,
coming through the side. This is the grand staircase, where we would join the commoners, who had come through the
main entrance behind us. Check out the roof,
painted by Isidore Pils, depicting Greek mythological scenes. It is called the Gods of Olympus. Okay, it seems like it is
our time to go up the stairs. Here, we get a peek at the magnificent five level auditorium,
from one of the balconies. Here we get a slightly better view, and see the stage, which at the time, was one of the largest in the world. And the seven ton chandelier,
designed by Garnier himself. The ceiling, painted by Chagall in 1964. It is installed on a removable frame under the original painting. The auditorium is an
Italian style horseshoe, although some might call it French, too, because of the decoration. We also visit the Library Museum, where they hold miniature replicas of the different stage sets. This area was originally
intended to be the Emperor’s private foyer. Going back the other way. Here, we have a small scale
replica of the original auditorium ceiling. There’s also paintings
depicting the history of ballet, and models of the building. This room, with the infinity mirrors and the bats on the roof, is called the Salon of the Moon. Notice the slightly less
gold and more silver motif. Okay, I am officially impressed. Take a look at this room. This is the Grand Foyer. Everything in this room
utters opulence, extravagance. It was, in fact, inspired
by the Hall of Mirrors in the Versailles Palace. We’ll go out to the front
balcony, to get some fresh air, and admire the view. We are treated to this great view of the Place de l’Opera. From here, I’m going to zoom in through Avenue de l’Opera, into Hotel du Louvre. At right, Cafe de la Paix, the
famous and fashionable cafe, right here, in front of the opera. (traffic running) We are back in the Grand Foyer, admiring the magnificently
decorated ceiling, painted by Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry. This place is so grand. Whatever pictures I can show you don’t really do it justice. (light music) Here we go into the Salon of the Sun. Which has these mosaics on the floor, and the infinity mirrors, just like the Salon of the Moon, but with a gold motif. And then, this room. Everywhere you look, there
is luxury and sumptuousness. This area features Italian mosaics. Works of art by Italian artisans, hired by Garnier himself. (light piano music) Here we are, back by the Grand Staircase. This time, admiring the view from one of the second floor balconies. Next, we walk into this unfinished area, which was supposed to be
Napoleon III’s personal entrance. But, when he fell from power, the Third Republic did
not allow for the area to be finished. Now, let’s go back into the
auditorium, one more time. What a magnificent place this is. Here, we see the orchestra pit as well, and the horseshoe shaped auditorium. Each color in the Chagall
painting pays tribute to a group of composers and their work. All the greats are represented here. Mozart, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven. I’m just gonna pretend
I’m here to see an opera. Look at the exquisite
decorations on this balcony and well, everywhere else. We are back by the Grand Staircase, taking one last look. Saying goodbye to the
great Palais Garnier. Okay, it is time to
continue exploring Paris. We go around the building, we find this requisite human statue here, it’s a touristic place, after all. This guy is still talking to himself. He did take off the sweater though. I wonder what’s wrong with him, but I guess we’ll never find out. Let’s visit, Galeries Lafayette, which is the great department
store here in Paris. Not because we want to go
shopping or anything like that, but because we actually
want to see the building, and see the atrium inside,
with this glass dome, and the balconies all around. This is one of the great
early department stores, originally founded in
1896, and finished by 1912. From the roof, we get a
pretty commanding view of the city. The Eiffel Tower as the centerpiece. Notice how almost all the
buildings are at the same height. Here, we see the back of the Opera. Also, the golden dome of Les Invalides. Well, it has started to rain,
so let’s go underground. First, into le Rer, and then, le Metro. They have these fruit
stands in the metro as well. Pretty cool. (train running) (jazz music) We take the Underground, and
get off by the Champs-Élysées. It is our intention to
visit l’Arc De Triomphe, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. Emperor Napoleon commissioned it in 1806, and it sits in the middle
of Place Charles de Gaulle, which is a traffic circle
where 12 avenues converge in the shape of a star. It is nearly impossible to
cross the traffic circle. Luckily, they have this
underground tunnel. The views from the roof, 50 meters above the street level, are spectacular. Here we are, looking towards Montmartre, and the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Here is Notre Dame, and
the glass vault of the Grand Palais to the right, and the Louvre Museum in front of us, with the Place de la Concorde Obelisks. Below us, the Champs-Élysées. We are at the top of the Arc du Triomphe, and back there, what you can
see is the Champs-Élysées, in Paris a great avenue. Behind it, you probably can’t see it, but there’s the Louvre Museum. Back there, of course, the lady of Paris, the Tour Eiffel, Eiffel Tower. Yes, that’s a great view of the Tower. And you can kind of see Les Invalides too. Now, we are looking towards La Défense, the business district. At the center, the Grand Arch, completed in 1989, as
the 20th century version of L’Arc du Triomphe. We see more rain in the distance, so we might want to go back down. But before we do, let’s
zoom in one more time on the Sacré-Cœur. And on the Champs-Élysées,
the Place de la Concorde, and the Louvre. And one last look at our
favorite tower in Paris. We are back at the ground level, walking towards the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, where an eternal flame has been burning since 1920. (wind blowing) We have lunch at the nearby Pizza Vesuvio, and take a quick stroll
down the Champs-Élysées. Passing by the famous Lido Cabaret. We wish we could stay
here longer, maybe walk the whole thing, all the way
to the Place de la Concorde, but we want to take a break, we are tired. So we go back, down to the Metro. We are going back to our
apartment in Le Marais. (train running) (guitar music) We walk along the long and sometimes, not so attractive corridors. I think we are beginning to get the hang of the public transportation system here. At this time of the
day, it is pretty busy. It must be rush hour. (traffic running) We emerge by our neighborhood, on the Boulevard de Filles du Calvaire, and here we encounter the Cirque d’Hiver. The Winter Circus, opened in 1852. Apparently, this structure is still used for exhibitions and shows, and the circus. We really like this
neighborhood, by the way. It isn’t all that touristy, and that’s actually a good thing. We even have a supermarket very nearby. We go back out, taking an Uber this time. (light French music) We get off near Île de la Cité. (light French music) This is kilometer zero
of the French highways and considered the
official center of Paris. Right here, in front of Notre Dame. This is another one of those iconic places in the French capital. The great, Gothic cathedral. It took a long time to construct. Over 180 years in total from 1163 to 1345. It is a magnificent building. (light French music) We pass by Place Saint-Michel, which we will visit some other time. Here we are, by the Square du Vert-Galant, one of the most romantic
places here in Paris. Located at the western
end of Île de la Cité. It is a popular place for picnics, I hear. Here we are, looking
back towards Pont Neuf, and ahead towards Pont des Arts, as the sun sets. We enjoy the beautiful sunset
from Square du Vert-Galant. (light French music) We look back, once
again, towards Pont Neuf. Even though this is not Pont des Arts, lovers and sweethearts
have the tradition of placing padlocks wherever they can. It’s a symbol of their everlasting love. Yes, very romantic. Just like this city. (light piano music) Continue walking along the
closed Bouquinistes boxes, and encounter the Institut de France. This building, which houses five French intellectual academies. Pont des Arts. (light piano music) By the way, this is a historic moment. Just a couple of weeks
after this video was shot, the government removed all these locks from Pont des Arts, apparently to preserve the structural integrity of the bridge, which had become too heavy. We pass by the Louvre on our way to get another Uber home. (light French music) Good morning, from our Air
BNB apartment in Paris. Yep, this is the whole thing. Only two people fit in here. (light French music) Here we see the train
stations Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord. You know, I was going
to cut some of this out, but Paris is such a beautiful city, I’m gonna leave most of it in. (light French music) We continue up the steep,
narrow streets of Montmartre, and it looks like this is
as high as we can go by car. Here we are. Greetings once again from Paris. I’m standing here in front of
the Basilique of Sacré Cœur. We’re on top of the hill called
Montmartre here in Paris. Right here, you can see the
view of Paris is spectacular, even though this sunny
day is a little hazy. We were here back in 2006, and I remember vividly walking
down that street down there, with all the touristy shops. This Romano Byzantine church
is actually not that old. Construction began in 1875, and it was finished
just before World War I. Let’s take in the view one more time, as we zoom in on the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art. Let’s go back in time to 2006, when we were actually
able to climb the stairs to the top of the cupola. We go up the steep stairs, and the views, even halfway to the top, are pretty good. (laughing) Yep, these stairs are
definitely not OSHA approved. But the climb is definitely worth it. We get spectacular,
commanding views of the city from the top. (light French music) Down and down we go. Back in 2015, let’s explore the streets of Montmartre a little bit. Normally, this is a very
touristy area, but we’re early. It’s about nine a.m. Let’s take advantage of that. Montmartre, or Mount of Martyrs, has been a place of worship
since before the Roman Empire. (people talking) (light jazz music) We’re walking towards Place du Tertre, a very touristy square, where there are all these artists, drawing
portraits and painting city scapes, and some of
them are extremely talented. It is a reminder of a
time, at the beginning of the 20th century, when
this area was the epicenter of the modern art movement. One can almost imagine
a penniless Picasso, walking around these streets, drawing inspiration from
all these surroundings. (jazz music) Okay, enough of that. Let’s continue. There’s so much more to see in this area. Mmm, macaroons, yum. (light music) Check out the golden cupola
of Les Invalides from here. I’m kind of obsessed with that building. This is the famous Moulin de la Galette. Dating back to the 17th century, the windmill and the whole
area has been painted by the likes of Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others. We continue going fortunately
downhill most of the time. Wandering around this pretty neighborhood, and look, Les Invalides again. (light music) Let’s take a break for some coffee. Pain au chocolat. If you saw the French movie, Amelie, this will look very familiar to you. This is where she used to live and shop. The entrance to her apartment
is just around the corner. Let’s go down these stairs. Here, we encounter the Wall of Love, in which the phrase, “I love you”, is spelled in 250 languages. While we are on the subject of love, a little further down, we
encounter Place Pigalle. This area is full of
sex shops and theaters and adult shows, and as you can see, they even have this
place called Sexodrome. I wonder what that’s all about. And many other places of, hm, questionable reputation, maybe, but it looks like it’s all very touristy. Very aptly named. (wind blowing) Continue walking along
Boulevard de Clichy. Walking along all these strip
clubs and souvenir shops. They even have a museum of eroticism. And, wherever they have
sex, my place of birth, Cuba, has to be represented. I am sure you’ve heard of this place. We continue here in Paris. Right now, I’m in front
of Moulin Rouge Cabaret, right here in Boulevard de Clichy. We just came from Pigalle,
with all the sex shops, and all this kind of sexy red
light district neighborhood. And then we’re gonna continue. Continue roaming the streets. Walking around Paris. Right now, the Moulin Rouge. Look at everybody taking pictures. Isn’t that … I’m here with my selfie stick, making a fool out of myself. Talk to you guys later. We go back down to le Metro,
to continue exploring. We emerge by Place de
la Bourse, right here, in front of Palais Brongniart, formerly, the stock exchange before
it became computerized. They seem to be having some
kind of flea market today. Liberte, Egalite e Fraternite. (people talking) We want to check out some of the famous covered passages of Paris. Here we are, at one of them. Galerie Vivienne. Galerie Vivienne. This is one of many of these
glass covered passages, built in Paris during the
first half of the 19th century. They are, if you will, the
original shopping mall. This one was built in
1823, in a neo-classical Pompeiian style, and it’s quite agreeable. We have a quick lunch, and off we go. Here we are, by Place des Victoires, looking for Palais Royal. Instead, we stumble upon
the Banque de France. Where the money is. This building, with the metallic facade, I haven’t really figured out what it is, so if you know, please comment below. We are entering the Palais-Royal
through this side entrance. Here, we encounter
these curious fountains, with these silver balls, called
the fontaines de pol bury. In this area here between
the gardens and the palace, which is called Galerie d’Orléans. (birds chirping) In the gardens, the older men are playing a traditional French game called Pétanque. One of many popular ball
games here in Europe. The gardens that once
belonged to the King, are now a public park. It is a very pleasant afternoon, and Parisians enjoy the
park, and the outdoors. Okay, it is time for us to
continue exploring Paris. As you can see, the men are still playing with their balls. (jazz music) We take an Uber along Rue de Rivoli. This right here is the
luxurious Hotel Le Meurice, another place which was
frequently visited by Salvador Dali and many other artists. Located right here,
across the street from the Tuileries Gardens. We pass by Place de la Concorde, and get a glimpse of la Madeleine Church. (light piano music) It was in a tunnel similar to this one that Princess Diana got
killed, back in 1997. We are on our way to the Trocadéro Palace to get that quintessential
view of the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, the whole
place is under construction, so it is impossible to get
that postcard perfect view we got back in 2006. Actually, let’s go back
in time one more time, since I already dusted
off the old TV cassette. (light piano music) Behind me, the most photographed icon this city has to offer. The Eiffel Tower. I do understand if you feel
compelled to come here, at least once, to see
the Tower, but beware, the place is totally overrun with tourists and hustlers trying to sell you souvenirs. We saw some suspicious characters, too. Do keep your belongings safe. Looking back, as you can see, the balcony where you would stand to take the iconic picture, is under construction. We still manage to walk
around, enjoying the afternoon. Here we see a carousel,
very typical of Paris. Here we have the Vedettes de Paris, one of the many companies that
give boat tours on the river. Hey everybody. I am here, just underneath
the Eiffel Tower. I think this is a pretty
good angle, don’t you think? I’m sure there’s some weird cosmic energy coming down into me now. This is kind of like,
sort of like a pyramid. Maybe not. All right, thank you. Talk to you guys later. Okay, one last flashback, I promise. Back in 2006, we were
able to take the ride to the top of the Tower, and I thought I would show you some of those views. (light music) They have wax statues
of Eiffel and Edison, in what used to be Eiffel’s office. (French music) The views from almost 300
meters above the street level, are truly breathtaking. (French music) Okay, back to good old 2015. For good, this time. We walk along the
majestic, ornate buildings of Avenue Charles Floquet, in the seventh arrondissement. One quick fact about
Paris, it is divided into boroughs, or arrondissement, and they are numbered in a spiral pattern, beginning at the center of the city. We are in the seventh right now. (jazz music) We have a snack and some
wine here at Le Suffren, and sit for awhile, and
watch as life goes by, in this marvelous city. (jazz music) We are back underground. Back at our apartment. But just for a quick
break, and we go back out. This time, we’ve got a
very talkative Uber driver. (speaking foreign language) (jazz music) (speaking foreign language) (jazz music) (French music) (speaking foreign language) (French music) We finally arrive at the
Bateaux Mouches Terminal. This is the original and most
popular of the river tours. In fact, Bateaux Mouches
has become kind of a generic term for all
the river tours as well. It is incredibly crowded,
mostly with Japanese tourists. For the last couple of
days, the tide has been really high on the Seine. So the second floor is closed, and we will not be able to
go past the Ponte des Arts, because there is not enough
clearance for the boat. Kind of a bummer, we will
not be seeing Notre Dame from the water this time. We’re going east, approaching
Pont Alexandre III. Since it is almost the
beginning of summer, they have all kinds of
outdoors activities here by the river. (light music) Built at the end of the 19th century, Pont Alexandre III is considered by many the most beautiful bridge in Paris, and an engineering marvel at the time. (light music) There are a handful of
these floating structures, that house restaurants,
bars and ball rooms. This one is called Rosa Bonheur. And what a view. (light music) Here we see some youngsters
enjoying the evening by the river bank, and we get a glimpse
of the Palais Bourbon, which houses the National Assembly. Check out all these luxurious
river front apartments. (jazz music) There is another boat that you can rent for special occasions. This one is called Concorde Atlantique. (light music) Going under the Passerelle de Solferino, we see the Musee d’Orsay,
formerly a train station, Gare d’Orsay, nowadays it houses a great collection of Impressionist paintings, along many other works of art. Here’s another floating
restaurant, called Le Calife. And the Legion of Honor behind it. (light music) Take one last look at Musee d’Orsay. (light music) Look how high the water is. That is supposed to be
a sidewalk down there. (light music) We are approaching the Insitut
de France, and Pont des Arts. Here is where we’re going to turn around, because of the high tide. (light music) Look, the water goes all
the way up to the benches. (light music) Here we are, by the Louvre,
looking under the Pont Royal. (light music) There’s the Egyptian obelisk
at the Place de la Concorde, a gift from the Egyptian
government in the 19th century. Now, for the piece de resistance, we’re going to pass by the Eiffel Tower. Yes, le Tour Eiffel. All these Japanese
tourists are going crazy with the selfie sticks. (jazz music) We are passing, once again,
under the Alexandre III bridge. Everybody’s going nuts. (jazz music) (people cheering) (jazz music) Here, they have a replica
of the Statue of Liberty, near Pont de Grenelle. (jazz music) We are on the Bateaux Mouches,
and this place is packed with people of all parts of the world. As you can see back there, the statue, the Eiffel Tower, sparkling. (French music) Well, that’s it, good night. Bonjour from Paris. It is a brand new day here at Le Marais, and it is our last day in the city. Let’s make it count. Let’s continue exploring. As in many other cities,
there are musicians in the Underground, as we’ve seen. We emerge near Notre Dame,
by Place Saint-Michel. We are going to walk a little
bit in the Quartier Latin, the Latin Quarter. (jazz music) Here, we pass by Pont Saint-Michel. Man, I love this city. We walk along, the
bouquinistes setting up shop. (jazz music) Le Parisiennes going out
for their morning jog. (French music) Here we have a look at
Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche, the street of the fishing cats. It is considered the
narrowest street in Paris, at just under six feet. (jazz music) A little further down, we
encounter Shakespeare and Company, a historic English
bookstore, made famous by the movies Before Sunset
and Midnight in Paris. (jazz music) We are now by Rue des Ecoles,
at the site of the famous Sorbonne University, founded circa 1150. It has been recognized as one
of the first universities. We continue, and here
we have the Pantheon, which houses the remains of
many important French people, and unfortunately, it’s
undergoing some renovation, and it’s going to be like that for awhile. We see Saint-Etienne Behind
this classic Citroen. I love it. This is one of those
iconic antique French cars. (jazz music) As I mentioned before, here’s
the Saint-Etienne Church, famous for the movie Midnight in Paris. On these stairs is where
the protagonist sits down to wait for that antique Peugeot. Instead, we get this
cranky street cleaning guy. Our next stop today is
the Luxembourg Gardens. Here’s the palace where
the French Senate meets, the Luxembourg Palace. Here we have all the Parisienne enjoying their beautiful city. (jazz music) Okay, let’s go. (light music) We see Notre Dame, again,
as we cross the river. (upbeat music) The tower to the right
is Tour Saint-Jacques. It is what remains of the Church of Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie,
which was demolished during the French Revolution. (rock music) We are back in our neighborhood, and we’re going to buy some chocolates at the boutique place
called Jacques Genin. They craft some of the city’s
most exquisite chocolates. It comes at a price, but hey, we thought we’d splurge and indulge, and bring some home. (light music) Next, we are going to visit
two museums here in Paris, and namely, l’Orangerie,
which features Monet’s famous Water Lilies, and then the Louvre. We get off by Place de la Concorde. Here we are, contemplating this masterpiece of Impressionism. The Water Lilies, or Nympheas in French. When I was doing my
research, I read somewhere that photography was forbidden in here. As much as I would’ve hated that, I think maybe it should be. The crowds of people
taking selfies and pictures somewhat diminishes the experience. It prevents you from
fully enjoying the magic of these works of art. This pair of oval rooms has
been the home to these murals since 1927. (light music) The museum also has the Jean
Walter and Paul Guillaume collection, with many
other works by Renoir and Cezanne, Matisse, and many others. All the way to the neoclassical Picasso. (light music) From here, you can see Arch de la Defense, and Arch de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, and Place de la Concorde, all lined up. That’s how perfect this city is. Turning around, we see Arc
de Triomphe du Carrousel, and Louvre, as we look
across the Tuileries Gardens. Look at all the people,
relaxing by the pond. (people talking) The Tuileries Gardens
was originally the site of a tile factory. Then, in 1564, Queen Catherine de Medici happened to like the
place and she build the Tuileries Palace here. Then, in 1664, King Louis XIV told his gardener to
re landscape the place, and voila, Parisians got this
beautiful, relaxing park. Here we arrive by Arc de
Triomphe du Carrousel. We see more people
relaxing in these gardens by the Louvre. They closed the side door on us, so we’re gonna try from the
pyramid, see what happens. Here we are, by the Louvre,
but the museum is closed, even though it is supposed
to be open until nine p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. It turns out the museum
is closing early today, because of a little known to us, but major holiday here called Victory Day. When I checked the website, I didn’t see anything about that. But apparently, it was in the fine print. A number of circumstances have led to this disappointing moment,
this anticlimactic end to our vacation. First, our Air BNB host
lost our prepaid tickets, so we couldn’t go on Wednesday, like we had planned originally. Then, this holiday we
didn’t even know about. This really brings down our whole day. Well, what’s left of the day. I was so looking forward
to seeing the Louvre. At least, the highlights. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s to check the local
holidays when traveling, and don’t ever, ever
save the best for last. You never know what might happen. Well, we’re tired, disappointed. You know what? Chances are, Paris and
the Louvre are going to be here for awhile, and I’m pretty sure we will return some time. There is so much more to see in this city. We’ve barely scratched the surface. Just when we thought
nothing else could go wrong, we have also found out that
our flight on to Portugal has been canceled to due a pilots’ strike, and the airline is not
even answering the phone. You know what? We’re just going to call it a night. (light music) (speaking foreign language) The good news, we managed to get on a British Airways flight. – [Recording] We’re now
going to explain the emergency procedures on this
British Airways aircraft. – [Robert] We’re going back to Miami, with a short layover in London. (jazz music) Check out the view of Paris from the air. (jazz music) We are finally landing at
London Heathrow Airport. They say everything happens for a reason, and guess what? I always wanted to fly on a 747 jumbo jet, and now I’m going to get my chance. (jazz music) We say goodbye to the coast of England. (jazz music) Let me tell you, for such a large plane, it’s not all that uncomfortable. The food is okay, and
the crew, very pleasant. (rock music) (light music) About nine hours later,
we are flying above the islands of the Bahamas. (jazz music) We see the eastern coast of
south Florida in the distance. What you see down there
is Ft. Lauderdale Beach. We are almost home. (jazz music) This is Port Everglades and
the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. (jazz music) A few minutes later,
we are landing at MIA. Miami International Airport. We are back in the three O five. (jazz music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding with my RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free ♪ ♪ In my RV yeah ♪ ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding riding ♪

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