Well since there is not much to do in Paris we decided to compile two days into one post, ha. Of course the reality is that there is so much to do that we did not have time to blog yesterday.
We got to Paris around 1.30pm, arriving at the Paris Gare Lyon via Lyon from Geneva.
We arrived with no incident but to our surprise the weather was very warm, funny when you have no data plan in Europe there are many things you do not do, like check the weather on your phone.
We took a taxi from the train station to our hotel, The Hotel eu Paix. The hotel is amazing, for under $300 a night we got a two-room suite with two bathrooms, ok two showers and one commode but still very quaint and next to a central metro stop, 10 min from everything. Perfect.
For those of you who are thinking $300 doesn’t sound that cheap, the nice thing about Paris is you can get rooms for $250 a night but those only sleep two people so be sure if you have 3 or more to watch close, Paris is like New York or San Francisco without the favorable exchange rate.
After we dropped our bags we left the hotel, bought metro passes, headed to Notre Dame, walked along the river to the Eiffel Tower (up to the top of course), and had a long dinner at a café with a view of the lightshow on the Eiffel.
After all that it was back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep then up early the next day with coffee and pastries, thanks to room service, and off to the Louvre.
Allow us to back track for a moment, you know the Metro passes we bought? Well it turns out that on Friday and Saturday there was so much pollution in Paris, looked like LA to me, that the Metro trains were free to encourage people to ride instead of drive. Oh well there goes 30 euros 😉
Important note, the Louvre first thing in the morning is perfect, beat the tours and the crowds (also if you have a European Student they get in free). After about 3 miles in the Louvre, seeing the Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, and a thousand other works of art we departed for lunch. Side note – the Louvre was originally built as a defensive fortress then bought by the royal family for their personal residence eventually becoming the most massive museum we have ever visited.
After the Louvre we ate lunch at a café and of course took advantage of the free Wi-Fi, funny how much we are drawn to the free Wi-Fi with no international phone/data service available.
Once we had our fill of food and data we parted ways, Julie and Morgan to get us Seine Cruise tickets and me to the train station to try to change our reservations to go to Salzburg on Saturday so we could do some more sightseeing.
Remember that girl who could not find her way through our small Arkansas town without her GPS or find her way from school to home, well that girl has blossomed. She now travels by train across Europe and has guided us through several countries without incident, happy/sad, but really blessed. After our two hour separation, mine to the station – failure and the girls to the boat – success, we joined up at the Arc.
After walking up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and taking in the views we walked along the shops of the Champs-Elysees
hour sightseeing tour on the Seine with views of the city at night. Awesome!
We finally ate dinner at around 9:00 at a café right across the street from our hotel. The menu was all in French so we just pointed to something and had no idea what we were getting…it turned out good. Robert ended up with chicken and ratatouille, Morgan got a steak and I got a club sandwich. Great day! Good night!