On to Paris and home again
Trip Start Mar 30, 2008
3Trip End Apr 09, 2008
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My hotel room was on the first floor and if I went out onto the deck I could see the eiffel tower. There was a crane in the foreground, messing up my pictures.
That evening we hooked up with our customer and customer engineer and went to a fancy restaurant
Meetings ran until about 3pm the next day and left the rest of the day for site seeing. The customer engineer, Brandon, and I were the newbies to Paris, so we went off by ourselves. We rode the subway to Notre Dame and on to the Louvre. Both were spectacular. We just missed the climb up Notre Dame. The people in front of us got through and then they closed the gate (thank God!!). After climbing the cathedral in Prague, I'm not sure I could handle this. There were some young men doing a mime show in front of Notre Dame. The police came and stopped them. We went inside. It was kinda dark and I didn't use flash, but the pics aren't bad. Then we walked around it and back to the subway to the Louvre.
I got a pic of skate boarders for my grandson, Austin. These are the first skaters I've seen in Europe. Austin is very much into skate boarding. Inside the Louvre I got maybe one pic before my camera died! Dang, I hope Brandon shares his pics with me!!
There was a gala going on under the pyramid; red carpet out to the road, black tie affair
From the Louvre we had planned on catching another train, but there was always something in view to go see. So we ended up walking back. There was the huge park up to L'obélisque. http://www.pbase.com/ericdeparis/image/71205031
I was amazed at how much French I could read. I only took three years in junior high. But I was able to make out most signs, menus, etc.. So I could pretty much decipher what was written on monuments and tell Brandon. I think he took Spanish in school. Anyway, the, I mean L'obélisque was brought over from Egypt on a ship. It's covered with runes.
After L'obélisque Brandon got shots of the Arc, which is straight up L'Avenue de Champs Elysées from L'obélisque. Then we headed toward the tower and our hotel. We passed the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais and then crossed the Seine to find a restaurant. We scored in the food department, at L'Arcade
Wednesday Ron and I shared a taxi to Charles De Gaul. I would fly home alone on BA, but at least I had first class from London. I ran into a retired customer engineer in the London lounge, so I didn't have to feel totally alone. And we were able to pass the time with good conversation.
It's good to be home!!