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Arc de Triomphe
Taking a train to Paris at 8:00am. The ride from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof is going to take 4 hours this time. Figured out that the train I had taken back in 2004 was a night train that runs every night at 0:30am and then takes 8 (!) hours to get to Paris care est. Yeah, there is no way, I'm doing that again. ;) On another pleasant note, my hubby who recently came back from a 7 month deployment is with me. Yeahy!!

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.
Us in front of the victory arch
We hailed a cab right outside the Care de L'est which brought us straight to 46 Boulevard St Germain. Some of the ride was on underground highways and I remembered once again why I didn't want to drive here. We survived our cab ride, tipped our cabie (who was surprisingly friendly) and checked into our little hotel. But more about that in the review to come.

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.
me and the line to the Louvre
The name just cracks me up though. After our really late lunch and some chit chat we walked to the Arc de Triomphe , or victory arch and snapped a few pics. Now we headed to the Louvre. My first time on the Paris Metro, but as it turns out real easy to use once you find a station. They are sometimes tucked away in the tiniest corners.

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.
Me in Jardin de Tuileries
Save that visit for a rainy or snowy day. So we explored the gardens or  Jardin de Tuileries instead. There's a bunch of marble sculptures all over the park and you get a spectacular view all the way back to the Arc de Triomphe. We also got a little glimpse of the Eiffel tower in the distance. I just don't know if we'll get around to it on this visit. After all it is very cold and windy up there and it's already cold and windy on the ground. We'll see, up to hubby really, since he's never been here.

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.
Being creative, not quite right
I think it came out good. Sadly it gets dark to quickly around this time of year although the days are already starting to get longer again. We took a view quick pics of Notre Dame and then headed inside the cathedral. Mass was just going on so we stuck to the walls and made one round before exiting into the night.

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.
Latin Quarter bathed in evening lights
They sell a lot of dessert made with marrons, which are sweet chestnuts. Dessert was overpriced if you ask me, but expected on Champs Elysees. Which is like 5th Avenue in New York City. Mercedes Benz, Louis Vuitton bags and Omega watches are just a few of the things you can buy here.

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.
Notre Dame complete with Christmas tree
Best sushi I have had in a looooong time. It hit the spot.

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.
emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
missandrea81 says:
Thank you very much. :) I love Paris. Such a great city.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011
davegeddis says:
Great blog entry, can't wait to be back in Paris again!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2011
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Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Us in front of the victory arch
Us in front of the victory arch
me and the line to the Louvre
me and the line to the Louvre
Me in Jardin de Tuileries
Me in Jardin de Tuileries
Being creative, not quite right
Being creative, not quite right
Latin Quarter bathed in evening li…
Latin Quarter bathed in evening l…
Notre Dame complete with Christmas…
Notre Dame complete with Christma…
On the train to Stuttgart Hbf
On the train to Stuttgart Hbf
Flying through winter wonderland
Flying through winter wonderland
Care le Est in Paris
Care le Est in Paris
This is a really old train station
This is a really old train station
Notre Dame viewed from the South
Notre Dame viewed from the South
Notre Dame, first glance
Notre Dame, first glance
Notre Dame frontal
Notre Dame frontal
Palace of Justice
Palace of Justice
Conciergerie
Conciergerie
Tour Saint Jacques
Tour Saint Jacques
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Something along the way
Something along the way
Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent
The Louvre
The Louvre
Louvre court yard
Louvre court yard
The pyramid
The pyramid
Richelieu wing
Richelieu wing
Pyramid and fountains
Pyramid and fountains
With a twist
With a twist
Lots of people
Lots of people
Place du Carrousel
Place du Carrousel
Eiffel tower in the distance
Eiffel tower in the distance
In the Jardin de Tuileries
In the Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Looking down past Concorde, Champ …
Looking down past Concorde, Champ…
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Denon Wing from the outside, it ho…
Denon Wing from the outside, it h…
Jardin de Tuileries
Jardin de Tuileries
Richelieu wing and the glass pyram…
Richelieu wing and the glass pyra…
Berninis bronze statue of King Lo…
Bernini's bronze statue of King L…
Institute de France from the Pont …
Institute de France from the Pont…
Institute de France
Institute de France
The Seine River
The Seine River
My new friend
My new friend
Close up
Close up
Metro map
Metro map
Paris
photo by: Sweetski