Days 1 and 2 in Paris

Trip Start Apr 26, 2005
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Arrived in Paris - 12 hours after leaving Tokyo - and landed safely at Charles De Gaulle airport. It's raining!! But, our luggage arrived all safe and sound with us.

Took a 45 minute taxi ride to our hotel - La Tremoille - which is a couple of blocks from the famous Champs Elysee.

Decided to take a little nap before going out for dinner since it's still raining - big mistake. Nap time lasted from 7:00 P.M. to about midnight. Managed to sleep on & off & finally gave up on the sleep time and decided to get up & check the email at 5:00 in the morning.

Thus began day 2.

After having breakfast in a cafe down the street from our hotel we got on the Metro (subway) and headed for the Musee Marmottan Monet where the largest collection of Monet's beautiful paintings are on display.

Having seen Monet's paintings we thought it would be nice to visit his home in Giverney, but after we got to the train station we found out it was too late to get there today. Ah well, there's always next time.

Since we couldn't make it to Monet's home we headed for the Museum D'Orsay, which is a renovated former train station devoted to 19th and 20th century art. They were holding a special exhibition of several impressionists including more of Monet's paintings. What a huge museum - we were there for about 4 hours and by the end we were sort of cruising through the displays - jet lag was taking its toll.

Back to the hotel for a brief respite, but of course, a little libation (red wine, naturally) on the way helped perk us up as we watched the traffic & had a great view of the Eiffel Tower from our wine perches.

Finally, dinner at a nice restaurant across from our hotel brought the day to a close and this updated posting.

Tomorrow we'll wander around the Champs Elysee for a couple of hours before heading to the Gare de Lyon train station to catch our train to Lausanne, Switzerland.
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