We'll Always Have Paris

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


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

MONDAY, JULY 6

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).

TUESDAY, JULY 7

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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