Through the Chunnel to the City of Love.... Paris!

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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Sunday, September 3, 2006

     Arrived a little before midnight on a late train from London.  Walked outside to grab a taxi to the hostel.  The driver told us the hostel was just around the corner.  A mile later we found the street it was on.  But of coarse started walking in the wrong direction.  Finally we found our hotel but could not fall asleep until around 2am.  When we booked our Eurorail ticket we had asked the representative to book us to the D-Day beaches where Lyn's grandfather had landed.  We were excited and looked forward to the following day.  Up at 6am for a day trip to Cherbourg.  Once we reached our destination, we realized we had received some bad information from Eurorail.  Although this was a key point and on June 25th, 1944 the Germans had a stronghold, it was nowhere near the D-Day battlefields.  We made the best of it and hiked up to a mideval fort with amazing panoramic views of the area and walked around the town below.  We had hoped to stop and see more on the way back to Paris (i.e. Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, etc.) But the train buzzed right by them.

Back in Paris we hit the city on foot. Seeing everything we could... the Louvre, Opera house, up the Champs du Elysse to the Arc de Triumph and of course to the Eiffel Tower. In the evening they start every hour by lighting up the tower w/a ton of twinkling lights all over it. This lasts for about 10 minutes and is quite a site. We stopped to relax and finally had a picnic dinner around 11pm under the Eiffel Tower. We had croissants w/local cheese and some sausage along w/some red wine. There were a bunch of people around w/backpacks full of Champagne, just in case we would need any. We hopped the train back to our hotel, but in the middle of the transfer, the train shutdown for the night. We were forced to catch a cab (Which is quite difficult in Paris. The drivers will not let you into the cab until you tell them where you are going, if they dont want to go, they say ¨NO¨ and drive away.) We finally found a cab to take us back, arriving around 2:30am after logging 13.3 miles on the pedometer for the day!

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mell
mell on

13.3 milles sur le pedometer!!!!!???!!!!!
WOW! 13.3 miles on the pedometer!!!!!???!!!!!
That's alot of sight seeing, thats for sure.
It ALL sounds incredible. Take Care.
hugs, mell :)

audiwfo
audiwfo on

13.3 miles
Thats a nice warm-up!!

audiwfo
audiwfo on

Re: 13.3 miles

djbartorillo
djbartorillo on

wow!
what a day! Good to hear youre both doing so much. Probably felt sore the day after, eh?

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