“The City Of Love” day 1

Craig and I had the opportunity to go to (as Addyline says) “the city of love”. For those of you who do not know which city this is, perhaps by the end of the post you will discover which city has been awarded this title by the Booth children.

We started our trip by going to the bahnhof to board the high speed train. We reached speeds as high as 200 miles per hour, talk about quick. We made the 285 mile trip in a little over two hours. It was a nice relaxing trip too, because we were kid-free, in fact it seemed just a little too quiet without the noise of the kids.

Notre Dame

Once we arrived in Paris, we wasted no time to start our adventure. Our first stop was Notre Dame cathedral. We decided to skip going up the many stairs to the top, but were able to tour (for free) the inside of the cathedral and see the gargoyles from the ground. Over all our impression of Notre Dame, is that it is a little small and not as ornate as many others that we have seen. We walked all over Paris from there. We walked to the Louvre, then onto the tomb of Napoleon at the Musee de l’Armee, to rest our weary feet we

Army Museum

found a lovely little cafe then we finally found our hotel (after the little mix-up of our hotel giving away our reservations and being sent to another). We dropped our packs off at small little hotel room and then onto the rest of the afternoon adventures.

We started the afternoon off with a hike up the Eiffel Tower. Since we weren’t in the mood to wait in line, we hiked up all the stairs to the upper elevator. The views from the top were beautiful. After walking down to the see the “statue of liberty” we decided our feet needed a break so we took the rails to the Arc de Triomphe. We were surprised to find that they were doing a wreath laying and enjoyed being able to watch this ceremony.

Arc de Triomphe

As luck would have it the elevator was broken at the Arc so we hiked up those stairs as well. I think by the end of the day we hiked up more than 1,000 stairs.

We ended the day by eating some yummy French food then heading back to the Eiffel Tower to see it all lit up for the night. Since our hotel was only one block away we figured we could stay up late enough…though we forgot how late the night comes in June, but it was beautiful and we did enjoy doing some people watching.

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