Paris, France

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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 mean, train + 4 hour walk through Paris and it was still only noon.  We decided that the only way to truly appreciate the Eiffel Tower is with wine.  After splurging on some of Paris’ finest vino (1 euro bottles aka eurowine) as well as bread and cheese, we took the subway to the Tower.  Of course, in between, two of our crew failed to make it onto the subway so we had to go back and get them.  Eventually, we got to the Eiffel Tower and it was a sight to behold.  I can honestly say that I never before had an interest in seeing the Eiffel Tower or even Paris itself.  But being there and seeing it’s magnitude, I was impressed… well done Paris.

I think that afternoon was my favorite part of the entire weekend.

  For the remainder of the day, we all sat, wine in hand in a small park right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.  It was a perfect afternoon.  The park was not packed by any means, which I was thoroughly surprised at being that we were right at the foot of the tower, the weather was perfect and so was the company.  I was even ok with the gypsies coming up and asking us for money… mostly because they ended up putting curses on two of the guys in our group.  I don’t think there is a way to shake a gypsy curse, if anyone does know of a way, please pass this info along.

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.

Donovan.

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.) 
espydiva says:
My aunts used to used toothpaste to ward off curses from gypsies. SHe would squueze a bit on your arm and then make the shape of a cross a few times. maybe five? My family is crazy, but I don't have any curses! :)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2008
bsoldier2007 says:
hey man... slow down... its only been a few weeks... I cant keep up with your stories!!!
Posted on: Jun 30, 2008
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Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Close up of ND
Close up of ND
I really need to get a new pose
I really need to get a new pose
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
The stained glass @ ND is amazing
The stained glass @ ND is amazing
Me & my homegirl Jamela
Me & my homegirl Jamela
The original chandelier at ND
The original chandelier at ND
Christina, you are gonna have to g…
Christina, you are gonna have to …
side view of ND
side view of ND
Gotta love banana and nutella crep…
Gotta love banana and nutella cre…
Paris School of Law
Paris School of Law
Big fan of this lion
Big fan of this lion
Oh yeah, we saw a bike accident on…
Oh yeah, we saw a bike accident o…
Hi Garret
Hi Garret
Brandon, deep in thought
Brandon, deep in thought
Cool subway graffiti
Cool subway graffiti
Our first siting of the Eiffel Tow…
Our first siting of the Eiffel To…
picnic @ the foot of the Tower
picnic @ the foot of the Tower
French military patroling the grou…
French military patroling the gro…
Yes Matt, we all see you
Yes Matt, we all see you
our group hanging in the park w/ w…
our group hanging in the park w/ …
postcard worthy
postcard worthy
view from below
view from below
yes Garret, we see the tower
yes Garret, we see the tower
Matt, Nick, Brandon, Jon & Garret …
Matt, Nick, Brandon, Jon & Garret…
Ashlee, Christina, Trudy & Jamela
Ashlee, Christina, Trudy & Jamela
9 friends, 9 bottles of wine, 1 hu…
9 friends, 9 bottles of wine, 1 h…
view from halfway up the Eiffel To…
view from halfway up the Eiffel T…
handstand @ the top of the Tower
handstand @ the top of the Tower
Garrett, aka Stubs, doing his 1han…
Garrett, aka Stubs, doing his 1ha…
Jamela, lookin fine
Jamela, lookin' fine
a view from the top of the Eiffel …
a view from the top of the Eiffel…
Jon, Ashlee, Nick, Brandon
Jon, Ashlee, Nick, Brandon
Garrets rule: everyone kisses @ t…
Garret's rule: everyone kisses @ …
Matt does not enjoy Garrets Tower…
Matt does not enjoy Garret's Towe…
The whole gang at the top
The whole gang at the top
Representing NH at the top of the …
Representing NH at the top of the…
Thats right baby, NH has gone glo…
That's right baby, NH has gone gl…
Self pic @ the top of the Tower
Self pic @ the top of the Tower
Jon, Ashlee & Trudy
Jon, Ashlee & Trudy
Elevator going down
Elevator going down
Dusk @ the Tower
Dusk @ the Tower
When the sun goes down, the lights…
When the sun goes down, the light…
Statute just next to the Tower
Statute just next to the Tower
pics from the boat cruise, a bit f…
pics from the boat cruise, a bit …
Welcome to Versailles!
Welcome to Versailles!
Hi Moses, whereve you been?
Hi Moses, where've you been?
Matt and Moses
Matt and Moses
Versailles, opulent or gaudy?  You…
Versailles, opulent or gaudy? Yo…
I really need a new pose...
I really need a new pose...
Whats up Moses?
What's up Moses?
Chapel inside Versailles
Chapel inside Versailles
The frescas are amazing
The frescas are amazing
Little known fact: French babies a…
Little known fact: French babies …
The gardens in Versailles
The gardens in Versailles
view from the palace of the gardens
view from the palace of the gardens
The Shadow knows...
The Shadow knows...
more from the chapel
more from the chapel
frescas
frescas
The Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors
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