Bonjour Paris

Friday, June 4, 2010

Although we thought we were going to be in separate compartments after booking our tickets so last minute, not only were we together, but it was just the three of us in the compartment!  We arrived in Paris around 9 am.  We immediately went to purchase tickets to Venice only to find out that they were sold out for the next few days and any other option available was going to be well over $200 per person. 

Tip: Be flexible and ready for problems.  Not everything is going to work out the way you planned and you need to adapt to the situation with as little stress as possible.

We accepted the fact that we would not be taking a train out of Paris and would have to find a flight but until we could check in we still had time to kill.  We got some coffee and visited the site of the Bastille. As soon as we could we headed to the hostel, checked in, and got on a computer.  The cheapest flight we could find was €123.  This was more than I wanted to spend it would have been much more expensive to stick around in Paris for more time.  We also had to book and extra night in Venice because we would not have the night train to sleep on.

Place de la Bastille
Eiffel Tower
 Changing our plans cut our time in Paris by almost a day, which means we had a lot of sights to see in a very short amount of time.  We took the metro to the Eiffel Tower, walked to the Champs de Mars, then up to the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs-Élysées, through the Tuilerie Gardens, and into the Lourve.  We sat outside the Lourve to watch the sun set. 

Luxor Obelisk
The small but infamous Mona Lisa
Arc de Triomphe
I have to say I was not expecting to like France.  On the list of countries we were traveling to it was at the bottom but I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  There are so many monuments and everything is so... symmetrical and orderly.  I don't know if that is what I actually mean but I love that you can stand in one spot and see several of the most visited sites in the world all around you.  It is a very well planned city.

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