Paris - Day 1

Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2008

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wake up, get the bags packed, last minute double checking of all our plans in Paris ... bags to front desk and check out... and off to Disney for our final morning in the park.

I am SO proud of my son. He cried yesterday after the Nemo ride, CRUSH. Its like a young teenager's version of Space Mountain. Pretty exilerating actually. I don't blame him for crying. But today, after he's thought about it on his own, he has decided that he wants to try it again. He wants to CONQUER CRUSH!!! And he is excited about it. So, thats what we are going to do.

First, we hit up the 50 minute stunt show. Pretty dang awesome car and motorcycle stunts. Could have been half as long.

Unfortunately, ... the line for Crush was crazy long. But we pushed on. If Sam wants to conquer his fears, we will support him! TWO HOURS LATER, we ride, and he conquers. Yeah baby!

Then, we rush back to the hotel, grab the bags ... and to the train station. No problemo ... one hour later, we arrive in the heart of Paris to our final leg of our trip. A great little apartment we've rented for the week:  then choose from the dropdown on the left: Paris - LaLa 4

Standing outside the apartment ... we are about twenty minutes early for our date with the apartment showing person, so while we wait, I go grab some groceries for our stay, then return while Janice grabs some coffee (and finds that its true what they say about Paris ... paying more to eat on the patio vs eating inside). She returns with boulangerie treats for me and the kids! Yay! ... but not nearly as good as the almond-chocolate crossants in Chateau-Gontier.

And then, the motorcycle dude rides up and we get in to the apartment. More grocery shopping for me while I keep an eye out for my mom, who is coming to stay with us for our entire time in Paris (and then two extra days at the end on her own). On my third visit outside to look for her, I bring a note to tape to the door for her, and then ... CLICK ... the door locks behind me. And I've forgotten the code. DOH! ... Fifteen minutes later, a neighbor lets me follow them in and we strike up a conversation. Turns out that he just got done interviewing a journalist from SF

My mommason is planning to get here between 6pm and & 7:30pm ... but no sight of her at 7:40pm ... I call Poppa Dave to see whats up ... and then I check the flight online (its landed) ... another quick check outside for my mom and VIOLA! She is here! Woohoo! We made it here safely ... with gifts of course. The kids are super excited to see Mimi.

We eat and help my mom get settled in and once she is coloring with the kids, Janice and I sneak out for a jog in our new city. A 3 mile run gets the sweat goin', and allows us to check out the Luxembourg Gardens and a nearby church (can't remember the name at the moment). Gorgeous city.

First thoughts after seeing the streets of Paris = "Janice, ...I could live here."

We get back to the apartment and we find that Mimi and the kids have spent their time drawing and coloring ... Samuel had the most hilarious drawing I've ever seen. The instructions were to draw in a wanted poster. Mimi instructed Sam to draw in what bad thing he did to become WANTED. Sam chose an age old classic.

Wanted for:  MONEY
The crime (depicted in the anatomically correct diagram): Sam stole a bag of money out a man's butt while he was pee'ing on a newspaper.

Thats my boy!

After the kids went down ... my mom found another drawing along the same lines. VERY similar really. "This man is thinking about how he ended up in jail."- Whats the sentence for that anyhow?

Mommason and I enjoy a twenty minute walk around the neighborhood ... and we all talk till 1am (I blog too!). And now, to bed!
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nicoleisjealous on

The apartment building you guys are staying in looks just beautiful. What arrondissement is it in? I tried to open the link to it's web page, but got a message that it is under construction. I am so excited for you guys. I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. I don't think Paris has the same crime level that Barcelona had, but it is a big city, so the less you carry, the better.

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