I'm back in Paris!
Paris Travel Blog› entry 4 of 7 › view all entries
January 30th, 2010 – by: missandrea81
To be continued....
The train ride was uneventful. Took about 30 minutes longer to get to Paris through the wintery landscape of Germany and France but we were in no rush. Check in our hotel wouldn't be until 2 pm and we arrived a little after 1pm.
We got in touch with my husband's cousin from New York who just happened to be in Paris at the same time as us. About 80 % of the reason how I got hubby to come to Paris with me. :D We met up with cousin Yan at a little bistro on 144 Champs Elysees called Vesuvio. Sorry no pics, it slipped my mind with the family reunion and all. ;) We had a late lunch, me a salad Vesuvio, with chicken and hubby Soup de Poisson, which is not poisonous soup, but fish soup.
We got out at the wrong station. You'll want to get off the Metro 1 at Palais Royal Musee du Louvre NOT Louvre/Rivoli. Just to make it easier on you. So we backtracked toward the entrance of the Louvre. It's impossible to miss. Just look for the giant glass pyramid in the courtyard and you're there. We decided not to go inside the Louvre today since it looked to be very busy and it was sunny outside after all.
Yan met up with some of his travel companions and all of us walked along the Seine river toward the cathedral of Notre Dame. It was already starting to get dark. Some of the buildings were being illuminated by orange lights and since my camera does not do darkness I decided to give it a shot at twilight.
I finally followed my hubby's orders and bought myself a hat since my ears had hurt like hell earlier in the day when it was windy. Got me a nice frenchy hat that covers my ears and keeps them warm. Pics to come. :)
We headed back to Champs Elysees for some dessert with all of cousin Yan's travel companions. No big deal when using the Metro. We had gotten 10 single tickets earlier, 1.70 Euro a piece, so we still had a couple of rides left. The cafe/restaurant, the name escapes me was located at 75 Champs Elysees and is rumoured to be the best dessert place in Paris.
After dessert Alex and I decided it was time to get a little rest. It 9pm already and we had been up since the crack of dawn. We said our good byes and headed toward our hotel on the metro. Turns out that Metro 1 was our train again. We had to make one switch at Chatelet and got out at St Michel station which is by the Latin quarter. We walked down a few narrow alleys lined with restaurants, souvenir shops and bars or tourist central as I call it. Seeing all the food we noticed real fast that skipping dinner was not going to happen. We were in luck and found a little sushi place on 39 Rue Galande called Matsuya.
After we only had a few more blocks to walk to our hotel and we noticed that we probably won't waste money on another cab while in Paris. Public transportation will get you anywhere you want to go. We got to our rooms with a core temperature lower then usual so we got under the covers to warm up, which turned out to be the end of the night since neither one of us wanted to head back into the cold to meet up with the youngsters and some Salsa. We stayed in and had a good night sleep although our room neighbors came back to the hotel rather noisy at 2 am.
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