Day 1: London to Paris
Trip Start May 20, 2013
19Trip End Jun 08, 2013
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On the way to Paris, Ricardo took us to Vimy Ridge to see the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, which isn't usually included in the tour. I think a lot of the Canadians especially appreciated this stop. We also did a "services" stop on the way where I got a "long chicken" from a little fast food place
Finally, we made it to the Paris hotel. I was rooming with Serena D. (from Canada). She had the top bunk and I had the bottom. There was one room with a toilet in it and another room for the shower, and then the sink was out in the main part of the room. It was kind of an awkward setup.
We had a little bit of time at the hotel, and then we went to our included dinner at Sultan's (within walking distance of the hotel). It was a Turkish restaurant, and the food was chicken with rice. Toward the end of the meal, a cop suddenly ran into the restaurant and then a bunch more followed. Within seconds, the whole place was full of police and we had no idea what was going on. We found out afterward that it was just a routine raid (because apparently that's normal?). At least it made the night memorable, haha.
After dinner, we got back onto the coach for our tour of Paris. Ricardo drove us all around the city (and did an awesome job of navigating the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe!).Then we got dropped off at a café where we were served champagne and escargot. Almost everyone tried the snails, including me. It didn't really taste like much. It was just buttery and garlicy. Then we walked back to the coach, which took us back to the hotel, and I went to bed around 11.