Saturday, January 2, 2010

PARIS !!!!!!

A civilized shot with the Eiffel Tower
Take that Eiffel !!
Notre Dame Cathedral
Us outside the Louvre
Dana and Moulin Rouge
Us and the Arc de Triumph

The rain, not snow was waiting for us in Paris. We walked around to see a few things and then went to meet Karine, who we were staying with. Karine is the god-sister of our friend Rachelle. We met her and her boyfriend and spent a little time with them that night; Karine even made us dinner. After sleeping in, we headed out sight seeing. We started off at the Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge. Then made our way down to the Arc de Triumph along Champs Elysees. (there were huge christmas market all along the streets) After the the Arc we started making our way back. We had a relaxing night to ourselves. The next day we tackled the Louvre! We saw 95% of it, but there was only so much museum we could handle. The Napolean apartments were one of our favourties. We went for a walk through the Tuileries Garden by the Louvre and then crossed the river and walked down St. Germain to see the church and what did we find.... another Christmas market! After that we had to walk all the way back to Karine's (35 min) and then we left to stay with Arno another couch surfing host. He was very welcoming and even added some salmon to our pasta dinner. We hung out and talked before heading to bed. The following morning we walked to Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Justice, and the Pantheon. Arno wasn't around when we returned to get our bags, so we had to leave without saying goodbye. We got a hotel room for two nights as our christmas present to each other, it was in an area close to the Eiffel Tower. We found our bed sloped backwards when we got there, so we think they upgraded us when they gave us a new room which was nice of them. Since it was the 24th of December and nothing was opened on the 25th, we did some grocery shopping for the next two days before heading out to the Eiffel Tower. It wasn't ideal weather to go up, but we figured we had put it off long enough. It started raining and was hazzy when we got there, but we found out it was opened Christmas day, so we just bought tickets for the the next day and headed back to go for dinner. We had a nice dinner at a restaurant followed by dessert and french moives backi n the hotel. We both would agree that is didn't feel like Christmas (a little snow might have helped). We slept in and Dana made a very nice breakfast for us. We finally headed out to the Eiffel tower around 3pm. It was a good thing we bought tickets the day before because the line up was huge when we arrived. Today the weather was much better, and we picked a great time to go, we got sunset pictures from the top of the tower, and then night shots from the second and first levels. We headed to a Christmas market on the other side of the river and walked around before heading back to the hotel where Dana put together a wonderful Christmas dinner after we had called our families to wish them a Merry Christmas. The next day we checked out at noon and caught our train at 3pm for Munich, Germany!!

1 comment:

  1. Ah! you DID stay with Karine! I never heard back so I wasn't too sure, oh, I'm so glad that worked out!
    Happy new year, travellers!