We'll Always Have Paris

Trip Start May 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, July 6, 2009


On Monday we caught a flight from Copenhagen to Paris; we got there in good time but due to heavy traffic it took us both in and out of the airport it took us about 4 hours to get to our hotel after landing. We had a late lunch at a little bakery near our hotel and it was delicious! We tried this thing with chocolate chips in it that reminded me of a chocolate croissant that had a bit of a French toast flavor. Although we didn't make it in time to use our Louve tickets we took a metro and explored Paris. We came across a small carnival that was taking place near the Louve and went on a Ferris wheel ride that gave us an expansive view of the city. Back on the ground we got a Nutella/banana crepe from a carnival stand.

It was really windy so the sand on the ground was blowing all over giving our shoes a coat of dust. When it was time for dinner David picked out a nice looking French restaurant from our guide book that didn’t look too far away… if only they included every small street on the map. After a half hour of walking around we were unable to find the street listed and we gave up and went to a nearby bistro; Paris roads sure are confusing! We tried escargot for the first time and it wasn’t bad! David and I both had salt crepes for dinner and Dad had a steak.

We took the Las Vedettes du Pont-Neuf boat ride on the Seine River that was absolutely beautiful if not a bit nippy. We saw the Eiffel Tower sparkling (as a warning there are a lot of pictures of the Eiffel Tower in this entry) as well as a variety of other sites lit up in the night. I was surprised by all the people who were chillin’, dancing, and being romatic along the river. Many appeared to be school aged but at one point we saw a large group of adults having a dance party! After the tour we made our way back to the hotel because we were exhausted (Dad was even falling asleep on the boat).


On Tuesday we got to sleep in again and then went back to the same bakery for breakfast. At 11:30 Arthur picked us up at our hotel and took us for a tour of Paris; we went to all of the main sites like the Notre-Dame, Sacré-Coeur, the Arc De Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. I was pleased to find the Danish flag in the middle of Paris and amused to see a poster of "The Hangover" that is translated to “Very Bad Trip” in France. Our last stop was the Eiffel Tower where we had a late lunch on the 1st level of the tower! It was really cool to eat up there and our food came packaged in a metal picnic basket.

When we finished lunch we went to the very top and took a LOT of pictures. We stayed at the Eiffel Tower for a good while and even went to the different exhibits. There were so many guys with rings of mini-Eiffel Towers that come right up to you on every block and a bunch were trying to sell umbrellas since it was raining. When it was time for dinner we went to a famous street known for the creperies and I was in heaven. We saw a line formed outside of the Creperie JosseLin and decided to try it. The cooks had giant plates of butter that they slapped onto the cooking surface before making the pancake – it was really good and dad even got one that was flaming! Then we took the metro back and did a walk-through of our route for the next morning. The only sad thing about our trip to Paris is that I broke my tradition and never got around to buying a postcard – up until now I’ve collected one from each place that I’ve gone.

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