We make our way to Paris...

Trip Start Sep 15, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2011

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Where I stayed
24 rue Linne

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, October 10, 2011

We left our kind friends in London yesterday and took the Eurostar (high speed train) to Paris. The train was a nice experience.  They fed us a light, three course meal (very french - even their light meals have three courses) and we had a relatively relaxing ride into Paris.

Upon arrival in Paris, everything fell apart. We thought we could easily jump on the Metro (the subway system) since we were already at a rail station and make our way to our apartment. While this would have been a great plan before we had Nicolas, now that we have twice as much luggage, it ended up being a Hurculean task. The metro was built by engineers who did not even think twice about accessibility. Endless flights of stairs in and out of the metro stations are supported by not a single elevator. Ozzie had to carry the two giant suitcases up the stairs while I waited below with a sleeping Nicolas in his stroller and his car seat. Ozzie would leave the cases up the stairs (hoping no one would run off with them) while we carried the baby and his car seat up. The worst of it was when I managed to get on the train but the doors closed on the car seat as I was trying to wrench it into the carriage. Imagine me swearing at the car seat as it is repeatedly slammed between two metal doors with Ozzie on the other side of the doors unable to get in. Oh boy. I think our travel style might need to be altered just a smidge, i.e. more taxis, less subways...The worst part of yesterday is that I left my iPhone on the Eurostar train. We are trying to track it down at the Lost & Found office but I fear it may be gone for good. :( I guess that means I get a new one?

Today was a much better day. Ozzie worked in the morning and then we started wandering. We covered quite a lot of ground and found some neat shops. We bought the baby some cute frenchie clothes and picked up the requisite wine, cheese and baguette combo along with some meat and veg. We've got a much better grasp on our location now. The Jardins des Plantes botanical gardens are just a block away and are very nice.

Our apartment is quite nice and comfortable. It's a little bright in the bedroom but it's in a great location and has everything we need. It's certainly much nicer and more practical for us than staying in a hotel. This was definitely the right option for us.

I'm excited to hit the local farmers market tomorrow! We might even head into the Champs Élysées or the Tuileries if the weather is nice...
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