A Romantic 2 Days in Paris With Doozer

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
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Trip End May 08, 2013


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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

We arrived in Paris late and checked into our hotel, which wasn't the best hotel but would do the trick for the two nights we were there to check out the city sights. Paris is a great city, but would probably be better experienced with a girlfriend or staying at a hostel if solo or with a buddy.  The first night we went and grabbed a quick bite and headed to bed so we could check out everything we wanted to see in the one day we had there.  We woke up fairly early, I walked to the main train station (which was across the street) and tried to book a car to drive to Belgium the next day.  We figured that would be the best way to get there judging from the prices online.  It turns out that returning a car in a different country will more that triple the cost of the rental.  Besides that, the train station informed us that there were no rentals in the city with either Budget or Avis which were the only two companies that would let us drop the car in another location.  Ah well, the train it is.  I picked up some breaky for Drew and I and headed back to the hotel and booked our train to Brussels for the next afternoon.  We relaxed a bit, then headed out to check out the sights of Paris. 

On our list of must see places were the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc De Triumph, Notre Dame Cathedral and anything else along the walk.  So we took to the bus system to head towards some stop that would be within walking distance to the sights.  On the bus ride we were able to see how truly beautiful Paris is.  The buildings are nothing short of spectacular.  The city is very clean and has a vibrancy that is just top notch.  Our first stop was the Arc, then off to the Eiffel Tower.  We stood in front of the Eiffel Tower with our jaws open... not just at the Tower, but the entire view of the city with it in the background.  We posed for a few pictures and joked about how we would be able to scale it no problem and that taking the elevator to the top would just be lazy.  At the same time we didn't want to show off so we just walked around it and were on our way.  Besides I have already been to the top of it in Vegas and from there I could see the Bellagio fountains... not just some city.  Haha.  We then took the long walk to the Louvre.  Walking around Paris is easily as awesome as the famous landmarks.  The entire city is a complete work of art.  This seems to be the theme for Europe in my eyes.

We mentally soaked in the buildings and monuments along the way beside the river.  After crossing to the other side we were on the long street leading up to the famous museum.  There were 25 SWAT vans with their lights on circling the roundabout in front.  We couldn’t figure out what they were doing, so we just continued on our oblivious way seeing so many sights that everyone knows way more about than we do.  When we got to the Louvre... sooo many calories later... it was closed.  So we took a bunch more pictures and headed toward the Notre Dame Cathedral.  It was getting dark and the growing lads were getting hungry so we picked up the pace and got to the Cathedral.  Hunger was winning so we snapped a few more pics and headed off to grab some food.  Sometime later we found a square with a bunch of restaurants that were packed so we sat down, ordered some food and drinks, and realized that a good time in Paris might not be worth our money.  Paris is by far the most expensive place I have ever been in my life.  So we decided to just take it easy and charge up because Belgium was likely going to be a gongshow.  Back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep and a great week ahead.

We woke up and checked our tickets for the train and realized that the guy sold us the wrong tickets and we were supposed to leave in 12 minutes from a train station a couple km away.  We hustled up and went back to the train station across the street where we purchased the tickets.  They basically said too bad for us so we had to book another ticket for another 60 Euro each.  At the end of the day it is our fault too for not double checking the tickets.  Among the other ways I have grown on my travels, I have really grown a better sense of accountability.  At the end of the day you can’t change what anyone else does, you can only do what you think is best.  We walked to the station and boarded the train to Brussels.  Paris was great, but like I said previously could have likely been experienced a bit better under different circumstances.  I plan on going back at the end of April so I hope to get to the Louvre when it is open.  Other than that, without someone to share a romantic weekend with, Paris is just another beautiful city with a lot of things to take pictures of.  The food is great but so pricey it is hard to enjoy on such a long trip with so much money squandering.  Haha. 

Once on the train (which was my first time riding on a real train) I realized that it was such an enjoyable way to travel.  With no security lines, fast transport and the ability to see the country side, it is really the best way to travel that I have experienced... other than boats through the beautiful tropics of course.  On the way through France, we were both shocked to see how much it looked like the prairies in Saskatchewan... without all the snow.  I can always use a reminder of home... despite how nice it is everywhere, I really do miss home.  I still would not trade this experience for the world.  Life is amazing and I can’t wait to get to Belgium and hopefully meet up with my buddy Tim from back in Regina.  He lives in a city near Brussels and I have been playing Facebook chat tag with him for the last week.  I also really hope there are Kabob shops there because Drew is going to go mad if he can’t feed his addiction soon.
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