Paris - now with happy people and clean sidewalks!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
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Trip End Aug 02, 2010


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Where I stayed
Novotel Convention & Wellness Roissy CDG
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, July 3, 2010

What a huge relief to disembark from our 11 hour Air France flight to arrive at Charles De Gaulle. Ted and I were brought down from our previous Star Class luxury to seats E & F in Economy (Coach). Well we weren't complaining - we managed to get seats, and the Air France service was exceptional.

Without meaning to rub it in to family and friends in Australia, who are experiencing our greatest cold snap ever, the weather here has been really warm. After disembarking and catching the world's longest shuttle ride, we showered and dragged our weary bodies around nearby Roissy, Try and picture a beautiful French village with big gardens and several restaurants, all with the distinction of being in the noisy airline path of CDG! After a huge oily pizza for dinner (we were so hungry we didn't care) we fell asleep around 8.30pm.

Thanks to the joy of jet lag, we were wide awake by 5.30am. Despite numerous attempts to go back to sleep, it seemed to make a lot more sense to just pack a bag and head into Paris for a day of sightseeing. We transferred to the nearby airport and caught the train into the city. The only thing that has been a nuisance are the constant stream of text messages I keep getting from crewing at work, sending a group message asking if I’d like to work today. Uh sorry no. I’m in Paris.
 
Our first stop was the magnificent Arc De Triomphe. It’s still an amazing sight no matter what nationality you are. After being overwhelmed by its sheer grandeur, we decided to get into the spirit of Paris by having a baguette and coffee on the Champs Elysses. Unfortunately none of them were open yet so we ended up having an egg and bacon roll and thick shake at McDonalds instead. Not quite the same.
 
I was really keen to visit the Eiffel Tower but even though we got there before opening, the queues to head up were insanely long. We decided to come back later and went for a cruise on the Seine instead. Total tourist trap but so what?
 
From there it was the Notre Dame cathedral where, being a Sunday, tourists could mingle en masse with serious churchgoers. The outside of the building is spectacular. The inside is boring. It was probably the sight of the souvenir vending machines next to the statues of revered saints that made it that way.
 
Ted was really keen to see the Moulin Rouge so we headed there next. If anyone gets a chance to see it, it is worth it for the neighbourhood alone. Great atmosphere and a great place for lunch. And the restaurants have English menus. (Although the waiter didn’t seem to know what French fries were – weird!)
 
Versailles was accessible with our all day metro card, so we went there next. After getting off the train early convinced we were going the wrong way, then realizing that train was the correct one, then waiting for the next train to come, we finally arrived. Versailles is beautiful and DEFINITELY worth the trip. The palace and its grounds are beautiful. After enjoying the palace and surrounds, we decided to head back to Paris. Two hours later we finally found the train station after getting totally lost. Well at least we saw parts of Versailles the tourists never see.
 
Then we went to the Louvre. I couldn’t find any signs for a Da Vinci code tour so we knew it was a place we would come back to some day. I read somewhere once you could spend a week there – no kidding! The place is huge.
 
We decided to complete our Paris experience by returning to Notre Dame and having dinner at an outdoor Parisian café. The sun doesn’t set until 10pm so there was plenty of light. I was really enjoying my salmon pasta until a nearby waiter decided to up-end a tray of beers onto me. And we still didn’t get a discount. Bummer.

After returning to the airport and catching the transfer bus back to the hotel, we stayed awake for maybe 5 minutes before falling asleep.

Dublin tomorrow!

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Comments

Kim O'Riley on

Wow, this brings back memories from so long ago. Haven't been to Paris since 1989. I'm sure it has changed a lot since then. Loved the pictures. Hope you enjoy Dublin and be sure to have a Guinness for me. Keep the blogs coming.

peter on

wow so much in one day , well you can sleep on the plane. keep up the pace
pete

Glenn on

What, no pictures of you looking slightly dishevelled ??

Wayne Daly on

Did I mention jealousy in the last post? Hehe... Wow, sounds like there's no better way to do Paris than that way. I shall take notes and follow a similar path when I (eventually) get there. If the desire wasn't already strong, it's set in cement, now. Have fun & hugs!

elke jerome on

Hi guys, sounds like ur having a fabulous time. good for you.
Enjoy every moment...wish we were with you.
Catch up when u come home..luv and hugs xxxx

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