Paris is about 3 hours away by train. We loved just relaxing during the ride. I finally got Cameron to watch "Pride and Prejudice" with me, which he loved. (Though he might not admit it to you.) We stayed in a teeny-tiny studio apartment with a perfect location--5 minute walk to the Louvre! And a couple shops down was the best bakery I've ever been to in my life. I'll refrain from admitting how many pain au chocolates I ate during our stay. The only downside of the accommodation was the super uncomfortable futon we had to sleep on. We thought we'd be catching up on sleep without Andy there, but we slept so badly! Oh well. The price you pay for a great location.
We spent Friday doing a lot of the main tourist sites. We started with the Louvre and exhausted ourselves with all the walking we did. We saw a few of the most famous pieces (like the Mona Lisa, of course), spent some time looking at the egyptian artifacts, and also the italian sculptures. We loved it all, of course. Next, we walked from the Louvre through the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triumphe. After that, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower. We went to the top and loved the stunning view. That night we headed by the opera for a dinner reservation. It was amazing to eat out without Andy! We actually got to sit and enjoy our food and the atmosphere. Imagine that. Apparently I'm a lame old person because I was content to head back to our place at this point (9:30/10 PM) but Cameron insisted we stay out and get some dessert at a great little cafe.
|Cam crossing the Seine to the Louvre.|
|The crowd in front of the Mona Lisa.|
|Arc de Triumphe|
|View from the Eiffel|
|Walking down the stairs.|
|Cam's food! Please note that $7 Pepsi he chose to purchase.|
|All that gold!|
|Rameau, a famous french music theorist. His statue was in Versailles!|
|View from the back.|
|View of the gardens. We road bikes all the way around the lake you see far in the distance.|
|Here we are on the far end of that lake. You can kind of see Versailles way far back.|
|Back at the gardens. Amazing!|
|Me being a hunchback in front of Notre Dame. I'm clever, I know.|
|Cam is pretty proud of taking this picture.|
|Cam with a crepe in front of Sacre-Coeur.|
|View from Sacre-Coeur. We watched this amazing juggler while we sat on the steps. He was incredible. I've never seen so many people rush up to give him money! (Ourselves included.)|
1) They'll serve you tap water! And even bring it out chilled in nice little bottles or pitchers! Amazing.
2) Americans everywhere. Well...I don't know if we loved this. It was nice to hear something familiar, but it seems like every american we overheard was loud and obnoxious. I hope this was just the americans we encountered and we're not all like that. My favorite American lady I overheard was actually talking about us. She was watching us guzzle our full glasses of water and was appalled because she thought it was liquor. Too funny.
3) Stopping at bakeries for croissants and macaroons. Crepes on the street. Ham sandwiches at cafes. Stopping for hot chocolates.
4) The warm weather! We were surprised at how much warmer it felt than Amsterdam. Granted, it was raining a lot of the time we were there, but it was still nice.
5) The public transit. It was so good! Especially compared to Berlin, which was our most recent endeavor.
6) Climbing loads of stairs without having to worry about a stroller.