Our trip to Paris

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
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Trip End Jul 01, 2009


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Saturday, March 24, 2007

After I had been in Prague for 2 days, my sister Jill flew into Frankfurt, Germany.  Joe and I drove to Frankfurt, picked her up, and it was off to Paris.  We stayed there for three days, did a lot of walking and saw all the touristy sights. 


Day One:  We picked Jill up at the airport around 9:00 am.  After some searching at the Frankfurt airport, we finally found each other.  We then got in the car and drove for six hours.  Destination: Paris.  Jill was really excited to try her French.  She speaks fairly fluently, but hadn't practiced in a while, so she was a little nervous to see if she could communicate with the local French people.  Her first test came at a gas station outside of Paris.  While in the restroom, a French lady asked her if there was any toilet paper.  She actually understood and responded.  I was pretty impressed.  Our GPS took us right to our hotel.  Sort of.  Jill used her French skills to check us in at the hotel, only it wasn't our hotel.  Ours was just down the street.   Jill and I checked us in, while Joe parked the car.  That turned out to be quite the adventure.Turns out the streets of Paris can be a little confusing.  Two hours later we finally found Joe and he still hadn't parked the car.  After finally getting everything settled, we grabbed a bite and decided to see the Eiffel Tower.  
 
With Jill navigating the way through the metro system, we finally saw it.  It was worth the wait.  I thought it was unbelievable.   After taking a few hundred pictures, we went to a little cafe.  Jill had to try a latte and chocolate mouse.  Then we went back to the metro and stopped at the Arc de Triomphe.  Jill can tell you the history of it better than I can, but it was pretty cool.   After a long day, we finally went back to the hotel and crashed.   
 
Day 2:  This was a full day of sight seeing.  We started off by going to see the Louvre.  At this point in our trip, we decided not to actually go into the Louvre.  We didn't want to wait in lines when we only had 2 full days of Paris.  We walked around outside of the Louvre for quite a while, which is still really cool.  The museum itself is ginormous.  It's really pretty spectacular.   If you haven't already, check out the pictures in the photo gallery.  There's a cool shot of Jill and I in front of the Louvre that shows how big it is.  From the Louvre, we went to Musee de Orsay.  None of us are real art connoisseurs, but we actually did go inside.  You could spend days inside each of these museums, but we only spent a few hours looking at the most famous art works.  After lunch, it was off to see the Notre Dame.  This church is magnificent.  Out of every thing that we saw, this was Jill's favorite.  Speaking of Jill's favorite things, shopping was also done today.  Mainly window shopping while we went from monument to monument.  We wanted to leave the next day open, so we decided to hit one more place, Sacre Coeur.  Another one of Paris's beautiful churches.  The stairs leading up to it are impressive in themselves.  After dinner, we decided we didn't want to go back to the hotel, (we had a very small room for the three of us).  So, we went back to the Eiffel Tower and took more pictures. 

Day 3:  Today was mainly about one thing: shopping.  We walked around the city and shopped.  Joe and I decided we'd done enough shopping so we left Jill to that.  Instead, Joe and I went back to the Louvre and actually went in.  We saw two things, the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.  (Yes, the Mona Lisa is small). The lines weren't actually that bad on this day but we decided to head back outside and walk around.  That kind of sums up day 3, shopping and walking.   Overall, it was a very fun and action packed trip to Paris. 








 
  
 
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