Ellen had done such a great job navigating us in London that I didn't expect anything different in Paris, but this city had it out for us. We walked out onto the streets into the hottest weather we'd had this whole trip, pulled out our map, and started walking toward our hotel. Well our map decided to leave off a couple streets here and there so fast forward 45 minutes later and...we were still...walking...towards...I have no idea. Strangely enough my extensive knowledge of the French language and culture didn't help in this situation.
After a meltdown and regrouping Ellen mastered the map and we arrived at our hotel - to find a note left at the front desk from our great friends Bradley and Kiersten Hasemeyer, who just so happened to plan their trip to Paris at the same time as ours and who were staying in our hotel. We wiped the sweat off of us in our room, then headed down and knocked on their door. They had already bought a picnic dinner and we made the quick 5 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. We ate cheese, bread, and strawberries and drank wine. It's still my favorite thing we did in Paris. The Paris leg of our trip was finally starting to look up.
The Thinker, which is a sculpture of a guy trying to remember where he left his clothes.
Luxembourg Gardens, where so many people stood around doing Tai Chi it was hilarious.
Sacre Coeur, a church on a hill with a killer view of Paris. Finally we walked to the Orsay Museum, which actually is a converted train station. This was one of the most beautiful buildings we saw in Paris, not to mention the fact that it contained very famous Van Goghs, Lautrecs, Cezannes, and more.
We met up with the Hasemeyers at Notre Dame, took some awful pictures of ourselves (sunglasses would have been nice), then headed to dinner.
Then gypsy children tried to steal our stuff, so the magic was sort of broken. But c'est la vie, as the Parisians say.
We just have to tell ourselves not to worry. The travel account is accepting regular deposits.
Europe I: London, Europe II: Leavesden, Europe III: Durham, Europe IV: Helmsley