Hey all, last weekend we went on a short lil holiday to Paris (short=kurz holiday=urlaub). 53 hours is not long enough to see everything Paris has to offer. However…it is long enough to decide without a doubt that it is a beautiful place to go. Romance is in the air there people!
Our first hours were a bit rocky, as we arrived in the middle of the night-courtesy the cheap ‘red-eye’ flight. The hard part proved to be getting from the train station to the hotel. Probably, it shouldn’t have been hard. But we’ve so far resisted the conveniences of a smart phone. With no smart phone/GPS capability, we do what every human being has done while traveling since the beginning of time, we use a paper map. I’m starting to rethink the whole “I don’t want big brother to know where I am all the time” after this experience. Because it was almost 1am and we were walking the Paris streets with a suitcase and a paper map smeared from the rain.
The next morning we went to the most famous museum in the world, The Louvre.
For those of you who aren’t art-aware; this museum houses the Mona Lisa
After 3 hours in the Louvre, I was done. It’s shameful I know, a person could literally spend days in the Louvre and not see everything. But with time as our enemy my patience for looking at paintings no matter how critically acclaimed and treasured ran short. We went out for lunch to a nearby little corner Bistro. We spent almost 30 euros and truly each only had 2 pieces of bread with one slice each of cheese, ham and shared a cola. Wow Paris ist teuer (is expensive)! Probably the tourist places hike up the prices because the locals know better but tourists don’t. Clever business model though, gotta give a clap clap. This lunch was a lesson learned.
Anyway then off to walk through the Park,
Along the Seine River, over to the Champs Elysees up to the Arc de Triomphe…
The cross country cycling race the Tour de France closing ceremony is done here at the Arc de Triomphe.
And then to the world-famous Moulin Rouge for a Cabaret show (started in 1889!). Honest moment-the show was not as fantastic as I had hoped. The costumes were impressive but the dancing and singing was disappointingly mediocre…but still…Moulin Rouge! Because we can-can-can!! Everybody can-can!! (http://www.moulinrouge.fr/history?lang=en<== click if you dare) 🙂
The undergrounds in Paris on the weekends run until 2am, but the trains that run to the surrounding areas (aka to our hotel) stop at 12:30. We learned this the hardway…finding ourselves stranded at a train station at 1 in the morning searching for a taxi that would take us home!
Saturday morning we went to the Eiffel Tower for a daytime view and then through the park and some shopping. We took our lunch at a nice little Bistro, this time, not a tourist trap, and ate truly great food. Friday afternoon more walking along the Seine River and off to the Notre Dame.
Saturday night we went to the Eiffel Tower again. There’s something pretty magical about a big tall metal structure all lit up.
Doesn’t just looking at this picture give you warm romantic fuzzies?
I love you=English
Ich liebe dich=German
**more pictures on the photo gallery page**