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Old 6th July 2016, 16:50   #16
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How the glass artifacts are made


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The boxes that will be shipped around the world. This gave me some confidence that I will receive my package as well

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Boat timings

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Grand Canal


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Some of the buildings over here are 700 years old

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Final set of pictures..

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San Marco Square flooded due to heavy rain the previous night

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Venice at night

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Our dinner

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Green apple juice. It was really refreshing


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Como (18-6-2016 to 20-6-2016)



After all the running around in the last few days, with us hopping from one city to the another on almost a daily basis, it was now time to relaxe as we were heading to Como. Here we would be staying with Uncle Tiberio, who had planned out the itinerary for the next two days. But getting to Como was really a task from Mestre, as we had to take a train to Milan and change two trains again to reach Como San Giovanni, which was our destination. Ideally it should have been two trains, but that would mean we would have to wait at Milan for almost an hour to take the direct train. Man, what a workout that was changing trains and running with the bags so that we don’t miss our train, but in the end it was all worth it.


At Como San Giovanni Uncle Tiberio was already waiting for us in his BMW 3000 M. I don’t know if I was happier to see him or the BMW . We went straight to eat lunch at a Chinese place. The food was really amazing. Over here during our conversation, we mentioned about the Uber driver Mario, and how he took us to a Gelato parlour, where we had our best ice cream till date. On hearing this, Uncle Tiberio said that he will take us to a place, which serves the best gelato in Como. At that place we saw the first Ferrari in our whole tour till now, I guess it was a 360 Modenna open top. On this Uncle Tiberio mentioned he could probably speak to a friend who owns a Ferrari in Switzerland to take me for a ride. I was beaming with joy upon hearing that. Now, Switzerland was just a 15 minute drive as Uncle Tiberio’s house was close to the border and we went in and out of Switzerland in the next two days.


Post lunch and our dessert session, we went home and rested for a while, before venturing out again. We were supposed to meet up with some of Uncle Tiberio’s friends, who would later join us for dinner at a very classic Italian joint up the hill facing Lake Como. The food and the place with the view of Lake Como was just beautiful.


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On our way to Milan

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Milan Central Station

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On the train to Como San Giovanni

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Como San Giovanni Station

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Uncle Tiberio's ride BMW 3000 M

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Selfie time

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First sighting of a Ferrari in the whole trip till now

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View from Uncle Tiberio's house

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Hail


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Adorable Arthuro

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Uncle Tiberio's garage. Shame, that he sold all his bikes

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Driving in Switzerland

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Lake Como

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A local fishing in Lake Como

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Hope they launch this colour as well when they launch the Captur in India

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That is the pool for the guests of Grand Hotel Tremezzo

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Grand Hotel with grand prices. How does 800 Euros for a night sound

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Amazing view of Lake Como from the restaurant up the hill

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Polenta. It takes a few hours to prepare and is a house specialty. A typical Italian dinner


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Exotic meat

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You know by now, that we don't shy away from desserts

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Fiat Panda 4x4

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Day 2 in Como

On Sunday, Uncle Tiberio had decided to take us shopping to Fox Town in Switzerland. Parking over there is an issue and hence we decided to go in the Fiat 500 instead. The place was packed at 11 am just like our malls in Mumbai. It’s a huge mall and we located a Lindt store and went berserk looking at all the chocolates. In all we bought around 4.5 kgs of chocolates . Post 2 hours of shopping we went to a Pizza place for lunch and then were hanging around the city center near Lake Como. For dinner, Uncle Tiberio had planned a barbecue back at home as it was our last day with him and we wanted to spend time back at home.

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Our ride for the day

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No pictures allowed inside the store

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Flooded again thanks to heavy rain

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Another famous Gelato place. People queuing up to get one

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Uncle Tiberio and I took Arthuro for a walk in the jungle and guess what I got to eat, fresh cherries. Never tasted so sweet cherries in my life.

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An old railway station, which is no longer in operation

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Dinner time

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Bellagio (20-6-2016)


Well, after spending two wonderful days with Uncle Tiberio, it was now time for us to move to our hotel Borgo Le Terrazze in Bellagio. We had booked a one night stay via booking.com back in May. To get there the best option is to take bus number 30 starting from Como San Giovanni station and get off at the last stop which is Bellagio. From there the hotel staff would pick you up. The previous day we were discussing with Uncle Tiberio what would be the best way to get there either take a taxi and then take a boat ride or take a taxi all the way to the hotel, which would have proven to be every expensive. So we called up the hotel and they told us to take a bus instead, cheap and convenient.


The weather in Como was amazing during the last two days, but with slight drizzle. But today was nice and bright with almost clear skies. The hotel location was superb with a great view of Lake Como. They did not have any restaurants and you could only order some light snacks. So for lunch we went back to Bellagio in the complimentary shuttle ride provided by the hotel. Had an amazing lunch followed by some spectacular desserts. Post lunch we took a one hour boat cruise around Lake Como. After the cruise we just did some shopping and walking around the city center. Post that we took the shuttle service to get back to our room and called it a day.


We had great difficulty to reach Como, with taking three different trains, but this was the best part of our trip in Italy. Amazing place and amazing weather. No wonder actor Akshay Kumar was also holidaying in Como at around the same time while we were there. We are surely going to come again and explore the infinite beauty of Lake Como.


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Time to say bye to Uncle Tiberio and M. We gonna miss them

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Bus route and timings

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Inside the Bus

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Nice ride

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Free Shuttle service timings

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So what do you have to say about the view?! Spectacular isn't it??

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Snow peaked mountains

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Our room and our little kitchen

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View from our room balcony, what more could you ask for

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This place is a bikers paradise

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What a horrible thing to do to a Ducati

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Our lunch

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Lip smacking desserts

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Z800 looks nice in white

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For KTM fans

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Time for our boat cruise

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Seeing a TZR in flesh for the first time. This one looks like a TZR 50, must be a pocket rocket.. I just love 2 strokes

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Milan (21-6-2016)

Our last and final city in Italy was Milan. We had already finished the checkout formalities the previous night and checked out early in the morning. We had booked a cab to drop us at the bus stop for a fixed fare of 10 Euros. We then took the Bus No 30 again to go back to Como station. We had our breakfast at the station and bought our train tickets. Since this was our last train ride, we decided to travel First Class and pamper ourselves. The train journey lasted around 50 mins as we took a fast and direct train to Milan. Our house in Milan was a one bedroom apartment. This apartment was nothing like we had seen before. All you could see was the colour red and Love written everywhere. Perfect for a honeymoon couple.


Our house was around 20 minutes from city center and we took bus no 73 to reach there. We had lunch at a local restaurant and spent rest of the day walking around and shopping. In Milan we spotted a lot of bikes, much more compared to any other city. After dinner, we spent time around Milan Cathedral, which was buzzing with people. I think we were there till around 10:30 pm before we called it a day.


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Bye bye Como/Bellagio

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Our Breakfast

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Our small and cozy red house

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Lunch. I just love Salmon

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Well maintained CB 1100.Almost looks like it came out of the showroom

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Two door Punto

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Africa Twin

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Had specifically asked if the lobster would be served deshelled to which the waiter had confirmed and this is what was served to us. Italians if they don't understand what you're saying they just nod their head in affirmative.

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Paris (22-6-2016 to 24-6-2016)

Day 1 (22-6-2016)


We had already finished our packing the previous night and got up early in the morning to take our flight to Paris. We took the bus No 73 again, which dropped us at the airport. Our Air France flight was at 09:55 and it took us 1 hour 30 mins to reach Paris. From Paris airport we took a taxi to Trocadero, where we had booked our apartment for the next three days. The fare was fixed at 50 Euros and it took us around 1 hour to reach our apartment. At the apartment we were received by our host’s cousin as they were away at work. She mentioned to us that we had brought good luck, as today was the first sunny day in the past week weeks as it had been raining daily. Once we got familiarised with the apartment we stepped out to have lunch and then explore the city. While having lunch Divya called up one of her friends staying in Paris to see if we could meet up. He was free and joined us in around 30 mins. We spent some time chatting sitting in the same restaurant and then decided to go to the Eiffel Tower. Luckily there wasn’t much crowd at the Eiffel (which was a real surprise) and we managed to buy our tickets after standing in a small line. The security at the Eiffel wasn’t reassuring at all, especially with the Eurocup going on and the previous Terrorist attacks. We bought the ticket which costs around 17 Euros each and allowed us to go to up to the top floor. We spent some time on the second and the top floor clicking pictures and taking in the splendid view of the city from the tower.


Now, I guess we spent more time standing in the queue to get in the lift to go up and down. In total you have to take two lifts to reach the top. After a while we decided to leave Eiffel and go to Champs Elysees, where we supposed to meet another friend for Dinner. We took a taxi and reached the place in 10 mins. This is the place for some real expensive shopping. But there was some relatively cheap stuff as well as it was the first day of the sale. We went to an Indian restaurant as we were craving for Indian food. This place was new to all three of us as even our local friend had not been here. The food was nothing great to talk about and I have had better Indian food in London and for that matter even in Germany. After dinner we went to get our usual dose of desserts and went to Laduree. This is the place to have the best Macarons in town. Post attending to our dessert craving, we were just walking on the street, when I spotted a couple of Ferraris parked on the street. I was like there must be a famous Hotel or Joint around as I had seen only 1 Ferrari in 10 days in Italy, and here on my first day in Paris I am greeted with an army of Ferraris. I went close to take a picture and a guy wearing a Ferrari cap approached me and asked if I want to drive one for 89 Euros. I was like what 89 euros only???? I had already heard a lot of negative stories about thugs in Paris and I just kept on moving in order to not get myself into an unwanted situation. But as we moved forward we saw more Ferraris parked in the next lane accompanied by a Lamborghini Huracan. Now, I was really curious to find out what this was all about. I approached the guy and started asking him details. The only car that could seat the three of us and the guy was the Ferrari California and he gave me a figure of around 150 Euros for a 30 minute ride for all three of us together. Our friend warned us not to go for it, as, we were not sure about these guys and what if they pull a fast one on us later. So took his card and said will come down the next day in the afternoon. Post that we just walked around a bit and clicked some pictures and called it a day.


Some pictures from Day 1..

A Lego model of Milano Cathedral at Milan airport

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Our Taxi

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Fare details are mentioned on the rear window of each taxi. Our fare was fixed at 50 Euros.

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The Legendary Concorde. I always wished to fly in one of these supersonic aircrafts

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This is where Portugal created history by defeating France in the EuroCup


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Our one bedroom apartment for the next three days

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First sighting of the Eiffel tower

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A very common sight in Paris. Newly wedded Asian couples clicking pictures with famous monuments in the background

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More pictures from Day 1..

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EuroCup special

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View from level 2

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View from level 2. If you don't have tickets to watch the match, you can watch it with other fans at one of the big screens put up across the city

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View from the top. Vertigo!

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Summers in Europe are no longer pleasant

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This is the place to get the best Macarons in town

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Ferraris parked everywhere. Drive them for 89 Euros

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End of day one

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Day 2 (23-6-2016)


Its day two in Paris, and once we get up and freshen up I straight away start my laptop and do some research on 89 Euro drive a Ferrari concept. I read a lot of positive reviews and get all excited as, I am quite confident of trying it out now. So once we step out of our house, we decide to get some coffee and a small bite at one of the restaurants at Trocadero. To our surprise we see a Ferrari California parked at the circle and just walk towards it to take some selfies with the Ferrari. Straight up, a guy approaches us and asks us if we are interested in driving it. Now, we wanted to get a breakfast first as Divya was hungry and she needed a coffee to feel fresh, but then this guy said that he normally is not around in this area and normally is in Champs Elysees . So, Divya and I just discussed and she knew how excited I was to drive a Ferrari and she said we can go for Coffee after the ride. Muah!



Now, it was time to put the Indian bargaining skill to the test as the previous night I was given a ridiculous price to drive the Ferrari. So I asked him how much for the passenger and Insurance, to which he said that it would be 30 Euros for additional person and 20 Euros for Insurance. I bargained with him and said to include all this in 89 as I was not willing to pay anymore and also managed to get additional 10 minutes as the ride is normally supposed to be for 20 minutes. The interesting part was that he never asked me to show the International driving license or for that matter my Indian license. He just asked my name and made me sign on the form, that’s it. So, Divya had to manage in the back seat as the guy would sit in front with me. It was not a very comfortable place to be in, but Divya did not complain and was excited to be in a Ferrari too. I was asked to adjust the seat position and the mirrors to my preference. Now we are all set to roll, so, press the brake and push the start button and the naturally aspirated V8 comes to life. I was driving in auto mode with comfort setting and I drove towards the Eiffel, where we clicked some pictures. Some Asian guy came and requested me if they could take a snap with the car and I obliged to their request. It was an amazing feeling driving a Ferrari with open top and that too in Paris. It was my second time driving a left hand drive sports car as I had driven the Audi R8 V10 at the Buddh circuit previously. Within the city you can’t really drive fast as there is a speed limit of 60 kph and plus there is a lot of traffic and many traffic signals. I was managing well driving a left hand drive Ferrari on public streets. At one signal I asked the guy if I could put the car in neutral and he looked at me and said yes, but was wondering would I know how to do it. I just pulled both the paddles simultaneously and he was like how do you know all this. To this Divya mentioned that he is passionate about bikes and cars and watches a lot of videos and has learnt all this from there. I asked him what other cars they have in their fleet and asked if they have the 488 GTB, to which he said yes. I told him I wanted to drive that, but that would mean Divya would not be able to join us, and hence I went ahead with the California. Later I asked him and shifted the knob to sports mode. Now, I could feel the gearbox holding on to to the gear at a higher rpm and was not that eager to shift gears, which means better exhaust sounds with all that popping when you let go of the accelerator. It was music to the ears. The brakes on the Ferrari, were not that strong and I had heard from some friends who have driven a Ferrari in the past that the brakes are not that confident inspiring, plus they were making squealing sounds every time I applied them. This particular car was driven around 22,000 plus kms. After driving around Paris, we approached an empty stretch of road where I could push the car. This was a straight stretch with two tunnels, the smaller tunnel is where Princess Diana died in the road accident. I managed to do some insane speeds which cannot be mentioned over here. Plus the V8 sound coming from those four exhaust pipes was pure orgasm inside the tunnel. This was one of the best days in my life and I had fulfilled one more long standing dream of driving or rather I can say racing a Ferrari.



Post the 30 minute Ferrari ride, we went to have our breakfast and then bought tickets for the city bus tour. This is a hop in hop off service and goes and stops around important monuments around the city. We took the two day bus tour along with the cruise which was around 90 Euros for the two of us. It’s cheaper when you buy it combined together. We opted for the big bus tour and is a better option than the other bus tours as they have a bus in every 10 minutes. Other tours would be cheaper, but you would have to wait over 30 minutes at times to get into the next bus. Big Bus tour has two lines Red and Blue and we could travel in both lines with the ticket we bought. Red line takes around 2 hour 30 minutes to finish one circle if you sit in the bus and Blue takes around 1 hour 30 minute respectively. It makes sense to take the two day tour if you’re in Paris for more than two days. The top of the bus is open, but it was getting unbearable to sit thanks to the heat and the sun, and at the bottom you had no ventilation when the bus was standing still. Not the best of experiences. We just looked at the famous monuments from the bus rather than exploring each one of them by getting off the bus and got off only at the Louvre museum. We did not buy tickets to go in the Museum as its really huge and would need a few days to explore it to our satisfaction. Post Louvre, we went shopping at Le Marais. For all the husbands out there, this is the place to take your wife shopping in Paris if you don’t want to make a big hole in your pocket.


After shopping, we went for the boat cruise, which was for an hour and again passes the same monuments as the bus did , well most of it. It’s your choice whether to opt for it or not in case you don’t fancy doing a cruise. By the time the cruise was over, it was getting dark and the Eiffel was lit up with it glittering every one hour for five minutes, it was an amazing experience just watching that.

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Driving my first Ferrari and that too a red one and open top, what more can you ask for

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Rear seats, not the best place to be in for an adult at least.


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Don't miss the exhaust popping sound




Exhaust growl inside the tunnel is something that will resonate in my ears forever



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Paris Opera

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Last set of pictures from Day 2..

Louvre Museum

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Notre Dame

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Time for the boat cruise

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If you're in Paris in the future, give this guy a call to get a good deal to drive a super car

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