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Trip Report Short Trip to Paris

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We got back last night from a very short trip to Paris. Thank you all very much for your input, your figurative voices were ringing in my ears as we made decisions each day on what to see and do and eat.

We were there from midday Friday until Monday morning so it was fast and furious. Clearly we were limited in what we could do but really had a great time. We logged about 30 miles of walking, and several miles of dancing ;)

We departed Thursday night expecting to arrive by 8am. Our flight had a very long delay on the tarmac for mechanical issues so we didn't end up getting in until almost noon, We took a cab to our hotel. We loved the location of Hotel des Deux Continents. It gave us great access to so many areas. The room was tiny but comfortable. We checked in quickly and were on our way. For those interested, I'd worn my Tieks flats on the plane. My girlfriend swore she wore them every day in Europe and they were comfortable. They were comfy when I put them on, and easy to take off and on for security but I knew by noon they were not going to let me walk all day. I put on my (very cute if i do say so myself) retro styled Saucony sneakers which became my go to shoes.

The first order of the day was coffee and lunch. We walked around St. Germain a bit to get our bearings and settled on a cafe. We had sandwiches and coffee and plotted our day. Our waitress was gorgeous in that I'm not even trying French way. In fact we saw so so many beautiful women with flawless skin and very little makeup. Made me more determined to check out their skin care options! We walked down to the Seine, along the Seine and then to Notre Dame. The line was long so we looked at the exterior and then visited the Archaeolgical Crypt. It was a short overview of the area, and interesting to see the Roman baths.

We then made our way to the Louvre for our tour. We did this with Oriel of Paris Walks and are so glad we did! Everyone had told us not to bother with the Louvre because it was too much for a short trip. Holy cow! It is too much for a month long trip! The tour was just right for us. Oriel was knowledgeable about both the Louvre and it's history as well as the art. It was really cool the way she shuttled us around the three wings in back passageways and around crowds. I think without her we wouldn't have made it out of the Pyramid in 3 hours. We saw and talked about many of the highlights. I am very sure I would have been overwhelmed by any more.

When we emerged from the Louvre the sun was setting and the light was so perfect. The pyramid was illuminated from within and seemed to float within the courtyard, It was lovely. We sat and just soaked it in. We walked back towards our hotel and walked around the area some more. We ate at Cafe Seraphim (warm decor, excellent ox! This tasted like regular steak to me, which the waiter said it was but the menu said ox. Either way, beautifully cooked and seasoned.). It was about 10p at this point which means I'd been up for basically 36 hours. I wasn't as fried as I would have thought but was ready to lay down. The bed was very comfortable, we woke from 2 to 4am and Facetimed our daughter and then went back to sleep and the morning came very quickly,

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