Paris Travel Blog› entry 8 of 20 › view all entries
Ah Paris! A gang of 9 of us (minus Greg, he can explain his weekend later) set out on Friday via train from Luxembourg to Paris. The train ride was only a couple hours and we left early enough in the morning (6 am ish) that we still had the entire day to explore the city. The train brought us in to the northern end of the city and, of course, our hotel was at the most southern tip. Every Parisian we spoke with (thankfully Christina spoke some French) said that there was no way that we could walk all the way to our hotel from the train station. Attributing these statements to typical French lethargy, we decided that we, as Americans, know better… and walk we did.
4 hours later, we are almost at the hotel.
Don’t get me wrong, we realized that the walk would be long but we all decided that such a walk would allow us to see some of the sites of the city. I am glad we decided to do it as it allowed us to check out Notre Dame Cathedral and eat some tasty, tasty crepes (banana and nutella crepes are the bomb). Notre Dame is an amazing piece of architecture. Massive ceilings, beautiful stained glass, just a marvel. It actually reminded me a lot of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, I imagine a few stylistic cues may have been borrowed from Notre Dame in the National Cathedral construction.
After finally dropping off our bags at the hotel, we had one goal: Eiffel Tower. Now, again, since we left so early in the morning, we still had the entire day.
I think that afternoon was my favorite part of the entire weekend.
9 people and 9 bottles of wine (well, 8 + 1 champagne) later, we went up the Eiffel Tower. Very cool views. We stopped halfway up for some photo ops and then went all the way to the top, where Garrett decided that he was instituting a rule that everyone has to kiss at the top of the tower… basically it was just him kissing a bunch of guys – also known as a typical Friday night for Mr.
We then decided to go on a boat cruise to see the city as the sun began to go down. Now, mind you, the sun did not begin to set until 10 pm. I guess that’s how the Parisians justify not opening up shop until 11 am. The boat cruise was nice and relaxing, I recommend it if you happen to be in Paris sometime in your life. What was the best part of the cruise, you ask? Meeting a group of Swedish girls on holiday. Yeah, Swedish girls on holiday. I will let your imagination run wild on the possibilities of that one. We hung out with them for a while until they wanted to go to a club/disco and we… we were not exactly “dressed to the nines” you could say. Leaving our new friends, we opted for kabobs and hotel over Swedes and disco. Still not sure if we made the right call on that one…
Sorry for writing so much but Paris was a packed weekend. Everything you just read, that was only Friday. Moving on to Saturday…(Saturday coming soon, I promise.)