Paris, the city of lights
Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
12Trip End Oct 04, 2009
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We began with a scheduled 7:15am wake up call at the Disney Hotel. "Wait, no wake up call? D'oh!!! WTF???? They forgot to wake us up? What time is it? 9:30am?!?!?!? WTF???? Let's go!"
Since we realized we had just lost 2 hours in Paris (but gained 2 hours of much needed sleep), we had to move pretty fast to get out there. We were on the shuttle by 10:10am and got to the train station around 10:30am in time for a quick parting shot:
We were well prepared for the RER this time. Jewelery, extra money, etc all packed in the big suitcases. Even an extra carry on thrown in there. This way each of us had one big rolling bag and one small bag attached to it. No extras, not even Harmony's purse. Mike's knife was ready in his right pocket and he had the mean grimace of a man not to be f'ed with. OK, so we over prepared. It was completely problem free. It was about a 30 minute train ride to one stop, a 10 minute ride on another train to another stop, and a metro ride to our hotel stop. We were worried about the metro with our luggage but it wasn't bad since it was almost noon on a Thursday. We just experienced the metro during rush hour about an hour ago. Holy crap, barely handled it with just a backpack.
Our hotel was very easy to find and even finished our room while we waited so we were able to re-organize before heading out to the town. We headed back out right away and took the metro to a stop near the Eiffel Tower. We wanted to walk through the park on the other end first to get a full view of the tower before we got near it. We were starving so we grabbed a baguette sandwich and sat down on the lawn to eat. Here are the first two shots we took:
Of course, we then went up the tower in the little glass elevator. Mike's Mom, Dad, and Mark, you guys would need heart resuscitation after this ride but Harmony and I were loving it. The views from the top were amazing. It was extremely windy but well worth staying up there. You could see the entire city of Paris and all of its amazing landmarks. Here is a shot showing where we just had lunch (fourth green patch from the top):
and one of us from the top:
We also took a shot especially for Mom (Candyce). Hopefully you will see why:
Here is one Harm forced us to take. Shut up Mark:
Here is the video greeting from Harmony that many of you have already seen:
Alright, enough Eiffel Tower. It was time for a stroll down Seine River towards the Pont Alexander Bridge. Before we reached it, Mike stopped to study the map and Harm took another covert shot:
We crossed the bridge and got an awesome shot of sun rays behind the Eiffel Tower:
All this walking made us hungry so we stopped for a Nutella Crepe. Man that was good:
Want to know the one thing that Paris has that makes it better than London? Public toilets right on the street and they are free, clean, and fun!
Then it was off down Paris' equivalent of Rodeo Drive where Harmony got her shot in front of Louis Vuitton:
Then we went for a stroll down Des Champs-Elysees towards the Arc du Triomphe. We decided to stop in the middle for this shot:
then decided a video would be much cooler:
Many of you have already seen the shot of us in front of the Arc:
Next it was a long walk to Concord Plaza to take in the awesome spectacle of this plaza. We took a nice shot in front of a cool fountain:
We then went on a mad hunt for a Japanese soup kitchen we were dying to eat at. We finally found it and found a line running outside! We knew it must be good. Harmony had noodles and pork in a miso soup sauce and Mike had noodles and pork in a soy sauce soup. We also had amazing dumplings as seen here:
We did it again, ate in a filthy rich city for under $20 (local currency not counting crappy exchange.
Now it is dark and we are ready to see what this city is known for, it's lights! We first wanted to find the opera building as Mike's French co-worker highly recommended it, especially its interior. Unfortunately they wouldn't let us in because there was a performance that night but we did get an external shot:
On that street, we also got a creepy shot of the moon:
We decided to go back to the Concord Plaza to see what everything looked like at night. We were not let down. It was amazing! Here's a shot of the monument and the Tower in the background:
Our camera somehow switched its setting to low quality for some of the best shots but here is one:
Another low quality great shot of the Arc at night:
The tower also sparkles at night which is pretty cool:
By this time we were exhausted so we jumped on the metro to head home:
Once home, we looked out our balcony and saw the moon and north star and had to take the shot:
We hope you enjoyed our first day in Paris with us. Join us for day two!
-Mike and Harmony
Where I stayed