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Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 -Basel, Switzerland to Paris France

All photos taken on July 1, 1984. Happy Canada Day.

Rolls and coffee, ’nuff said?

Luggage and passengers on the bus and we set out for the 5 1/2 hour drive to Paris, except it took Cosmos about 8 hours to get us there, through Belfort and Troyes. After, all, we could not arrive at our hotel in Paris too early, could we?

And all along the route, for all 8 hours, Allison was doing her best to drum up business for her “Cosmos $13.50 Extra” tours. After 3 hours of the hard sell, she came to us to see which tours we wanted to book and was surprised when we said “None”.

Well, how will you get around Paris, she asked? Well, Allison, I have my high school French and Paris has a marvellous subway system. She walked away shaking her head. She did find plenty of takers.

Lunch along the route consisted of salad, fruit flan and orange juice.

Still near the back of the bus, Patty was getting increasingly uncomfortable and began feeling quite ill. She was happy when we reached our hotel (Hotel Ibis on Rue Bagnolet). Hmmm, not too bad. We were near the good bits.

Patty opted to stay in the room and recuperate while I opted to go walk the streets with John and Dean. We had been warned that there were a lot of snatch and grab incidents where tourists were robbed by bandits zipping by on scooters. This never happened to us, but one of our tour group members lost a necklace in this fashion.

On the street, we dined on sidewalk food, croque monsieur, crepe Grand Marnier and Nutella crepe and oh yeah, a beer. I took some of the croque and crepe back to the room for Pat. Just a warning, never hand cold fried sidewalk food to someone with an upset stomach, even in Paris.

Later on, we went out for the included Cosmos city lights tour, a kind of drive around with a couple of stops.

fountains at Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Eiffel Tower
Moulin Rouge night club in Pigualet Paris France

Back to the hotel around 10:00 PM. Tomorrow would be another day.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

11 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 -Basel, Switzerland to Paris France

    1. That was the only included tour in France. All else we needed to pay for. We went on our own with other travelers and had a great time. We have been back to Paris a few times since then and still love all it has to offer. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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  1. You sound like rebels at the back of the bus, but I agree, there’s no need for a guided tour of Paris, it’s better to visit at your own pace and choose your own attractions, there’s so much choice. I think I recognised a few famous sights 🙂

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    1. Ha ha. You are right. The Florence conundrum was still fresh in our minds and Allison and Enzo were not going to ruin Paris for us. Even before the internet and Google, we knew what we wanted to see and how to get there. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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    1. The lengthy time away from home, change in diet and bouncing around on a bus had taken their toll. The City Lights tour was a nice short tour of something we might not have seen. Like others said, where were all the other people. Paris appeared deserted at that time of evening. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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