Wednesday, August 08, 2012

a day trip to Paris....

The best part about where we live in Germany is how centrally located it is to so many great places. We have been wanting to travel a lot while here and finally made it to one of the places I have been wanting to visit for years.

We took a day trip to Paris! We can drive to Paris - but there are a lot of tolls on the way and driving and parking in Paris is pretty crazy we have heard (a lot like NYC). A lot of people here take the train in....but we haven't done too much with the train yet or figured out where a couple of the train stations are....so we decided to take a bus. At our base there was a bus trip that we took that left super early in the morning (3am), stopped for breakfast on the way, and then it dropped us off in front of the Eiffel Tower. I slept on the bus so it wasn't too bad. Andy drank a cup of coffee as we left our house....so he didn't sleep at all on the bus! Once we were in Paris we were on our own for the day and we had decided that we would get tickets for one of those tourist-y hop-on, hop-off buses. It was good since we had never been there and just had the day to try and see a lot. Next time we will just use the metro and walk probably. 

Andy mentioned that Paris seemed a lot like Washington DC. Both of us have lived in DC for a little while and it did seem familiar. Also very similarly multicultural and tons of tourists - like us. But we liked it. Well I liked Paris a lot....Andy had a good time on the trip but probably didn't like the city quite as much as I did. He took a lot of photos with his iPhone and posted his commentary on the day on Facebook. 
We got out and saw most of the major sights. This is of course the Arc de Triomphe. People were jumping in and out of the street to get the perfect photo of the Arc behind them. Andy didn't want a car to run over him, so this was the best I got. There were police patrolling to make sure people didn't try and cross the roundabout though - there is an underground tunnel to go across to the Arc. We walked around the Avenue des Champ-Elysees and ate lunch at a cafe nearby. 

We rode around some more and ended up near the Lock bridge and had to go check it out. The story is that you are supposed to put your initials on a lock and then lock it to the bridge and throw the key in the river. We didn't bring a lock, but had fun looking at the ones that were there and listening to some accordion music.
Andy is finally learning how to use my camera to take decent photos for me.
(We were working on it all day long)

Then we went to the Louvre. I was very excited to be there....even though we didn't really have time to look at much. I need to go back and spend a day or two just walking around there! Andy liked that they have an Apple store attached to their gift shop area. We also went to the Opera house area and walked around a little there and went in a few shops. We actually didn't get much of anything though - we aren't huge souvenir people unless we find something we really like for us or someone we know. Andy did buy me a small painting from a street artist - seemed like a Paris thing to do and will be a fun memory to have hanging in our home. 

{my favorite photo of the day}

And all too quickly it was 7:30pm and we had to get back on the bus to head home. I was exhausted and slept on the bus again. Andy says he still didn't get much sleep. We got home very late and slept in the next morning. 

Good day in Paris. So much fun to just hop on a bus and be there!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing i love the pictures.

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