Day One - Paris
18.04.2011 - 19.04.2011 26 °C
This is the first sun rise we saw leaving YVR at 6:30am, it was a pretty surprise. We landed in Minnesota and waited to board again at 3:45. While we flew over the ocean our "night, or, dark hours" were shortened to about four hours. Meaning that we were racing towards darkness and then backout into the sun. It was very neat.
This would be the second and most beautiful sunrise we saw a few minutes before we landed in Paris. And on the subject of sleeping, I would also like to tell EVERYONE that Adivan and booze do not make me sleep AND on a side note that overseas flights ARE somewhat awesome, this is why; 4 packets of salted peanuts, 4 beers, a full dinner, a full breakfast and unlimited cups of coffee and water EACH.
They totally loaded us up and it was sweet.
Plus we were 1.5 hours ahead of schedule arriving at 7:05am, which is the best news ever for me.
After we figured out how to get into town our morning started to unravel, not exactly what you'd want to hear, but true nonetheless. We got off at the wrong stop, walked about 6km trying to find the apartment, tried to go back on the train, had to but new tickets, meanwhile it's growing hotter and hotter and we are more tired and hungary. We find the place and can't get in. No one speaks english and I'm trying to make a phone call. The pay phones ONLY! take prepaid calling cards (who thought of that!?) We ran around looking for the correct one, called the host got the code and by that time it was lunch.
We picked up some lunch, a sweet buttered french baguette loaded with brie cheese and a cafe eclair. Yummmm. BONUS, it was only 5 euros for two people which means we can afford to eat dinner tonight!.
We walked on over to Sacre-Coeur, which is about 1000x more impressive in person than in photo and could have been only 15 minutes from our door step by foot if Paris' streets weren't so darn confusing. I really wanted to take picture of the interior because it blew us both away. But you'll have to get one from the people who got thrown out for doing so (saw it myself.) And while your at it, ask the other guy who was physically intimidated by the security before leaving as well, why he thought his phone wringing in a silent church was so funny. Because I thought it was funnier he got rushed at by a guy in a suit.
The park that Sacre-Coeur sits on a hill called Montmarte which makes it one of the highest (and most beautiful) in the city. We swung our burning hot feet into the massive ice cold fountian while the street preformers and children played on. (Did I mention how hot it was?!?! 26 degrees)
We wandered back down the hill to massive throngs of tourists looking for an escape from all the noise...not possible. We did enjoy some espresso in attempt to keep us awake, it didn't work for shane, he's have a pre-dinner nap. I don't have the brain power to process how little sleep I've had in the last 1 or (2?) days. After tonight's feast I will be sleeping for quite some time. That is until 7am tomorrow, it's a day at the Louve!
This is our room (part)