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Trip Report Springtime in Paris Trip Report - Day 1

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Days 1-3. Left Portland late and after almost missing our connection (with no help from the Delta flight attendants who couldn't be bothered to provide gate information), and long flight from Salt Lake to CDG, landed in Paris Sunday for a 50th birthday surprise for my wife. CDG Terminal 2E wasn't as bad to navigate as some had commented. We found the ATM/cash machine right away and made our quick exit. Decided to take a taxi to our flat because I was worried about not knowing the city, have luggage and day packs to haul, mixed reviews on shuttle services and jet lag. Wasn't too bad, about 55e. But now that we have navigated the Metro and trains a few times, will probably haul the luggage to the RER train back to CDG at the end.

It was a bit disconcerting to receive an e-mail from our rental host that there had been a stairwell fire earlier in the week knocking out the lights. Aside from that minor detail (yes, always bring a flashlight as part of the standard packing for long trips), our flat in the Marais is quite pleasant and comfortable. Not luxurious, but a great value for the money and the location is ideal.

Spent the first afternoon just getting our bearings and wandering the Marais and then stumbling into the impressive Notre Dame. On Sunday at 3 p.m., the lines were short and entrance into the cathedral was free. Sunday services were going on, so it was quite interesting and beautiful. The line looked fairly short to climb the tower, but with little energy or food in us, we opted for heading back to the flat for a nap and falafel dinner. Day 2 later . . .

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