Tuesday, June 3, 2014 ~ Paris, France

 

(Note:  We are home from this trip but I typed it on Ray’s iPad mini while on vacation.  When we got home I sent the postings to my email, copied them into Word, and then onto the blog, adding some pictures.  It will take a while to copy, add photos and post each day to the blog.)

We arrived in Paris to celebrate my 70th birthday! We arrived early, but it was a long flight. On board there was the last surviving soldier from 82nd airborne from D-Day. It was sad that he was traveling alone. We collected our luggage and called for our shuttle to take us to the hotel. We didn’t have to wait too long, but it took about 2 hours to go from the airport to our hotel. We were dropped off 3 out of 4 stops but our driver back-tracked. We were so tired we went to the room and grabbed a couple of hours sleep. Our room is 603 and we have a tiny balcony off our tiny room. There is no dresser or any drawers to put anything. Bed was okay, queen size.

We bought 20 transit tickets that are good on busses or the Metro. It was a bit of a walk from the Metro stop to the Eiffel Tower. The line wasn’t too bad to get tickets. It was a little cloudy when we landed, but turned out to be a nice day. We were glad we had our jackets. The view from the top was amazing. I was a little disappointed to find out that the champagne bar was just that. It was an open Dutch door with a bar on the bottom part and they sold champagne. There was no place to sit!

We went down to the 2nd stage and had ice cream. We looked around and decided to head back to the hotel. We were very tired. There are lots of steps at the Metro stop, at least they were always going down with an escalator up. We stopped at a restaurant, the Royal Cambronne for dinner. We each had onion soup and shared a pizza. I had a beer to celebrate my birthday. They had plates of Frites going to other tables that looked so good, but we were full. Back to our room for a good night’s rest. The a/c is set as low as they want it to go, which wasn’t very cool.

The pictures above show the view from our balcony, the Eiffel Tower, 3 views from the tower, Champagne Bar, Ray & Susan, view looking down, 2 from dinner and the little square is the floor space in the elevator of our hotel.

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