Picture Perfect Paris

Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, January 14, 2013

    Hi everyone, Matt here with my last entry.  On Monday the 14th I took an early flight out of Athens to Paris.  During the flight we got to witness a man propose to his girlfriend, which of course was followed by a few "Opa's!".  Once arrived, I took a train directly to Notre Dame Cathedral, and began a very busy day of sight seeing.  

    Without a map, I made my way to the Cathedral and was blown away on how beautiful it was, especially with the detailing around the main entrance.  From there I made my way around the city seeing sights such as the Deportation Memorial, Hotel De Ville, Musee d' Orsay, Bourbon Palace, and the Tower Saint Jacques.  After quickly checking into my hotel, I dropped my bag, and took the confusing Paris metro towards the L'Hôtel National des Invalides (where Napoleon is buried), and then the Eiffel Tower.  Unfortunately due to high winds, the top floor was closed, and they were adding a glass floor that will span the center of the tower, but I was still able to walk the 329 steps to get a great view of the city.  After spending about a 1/2 hour walking around, I took the staircase down and then got a great view of the tower from the Trocadéro.  From there I visited the Arc de Triomphe, just before sunset.  After climbing another 284 steps, you get great view of the Avenue des Champs Elysees which leads to the Lourve, the Sacre Coeur, the Roue de Paris, and of course the Eiffel Tower.  After sunset, the Eiffel Tower lights up, and then sparkles for the first 5-10 minutes of each hour until sunrise.  Its something you cannot miss when visiting the city.  After watching it sparkle, I walked back to the Eiffel Tower and was able to take the neat two floored elevator to the second level.  Just as I arrived, the tower started to sparkle and it began to snow, it was like something straight out of Hollywood!  The city was even more beautiful, with all the places previously mentioned all light up, like the Roue de Paris which changes several colors and patterns.  After almost becoming an icicle, I found a small restaurant by the Lourve where I got to enjoy a bowl of French onion soup, which hands down was the best!  From there I finished the night seeing the Lourve, including the underground carousel where you can find the inverted pyramid. 

    The next day was unfortunately my last day of the trip.  After getting up early, I took the metro to the Royal Palace, where I had authentic French crepes for breakfast - yum!  I then took another walk around the grounds of the Lourve, but then had to head back to the airport for my flight home.  My flight was almost delayed due to heavy snow, but we eventually made it into the air for a 3 hour flight to Iceland, and then a 5 1/2 hour flight from there to Boston.  The ride home was wonderful, getting to see the snow capped mountains of both Scotland and Greenland. Feels nice to be home, thank you all for your love and support during this amazing journey!
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