Paris - France
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August 29th, 2008 – by: cmari11
Today was an early one for me. I didn't actually walk the 3 miles to King's Cross though. The busses were running, and it only cost me 2 pounds. That's like a dollar a mile haha.
I fell asleep on the Eurostar to Paris. I woke with a start because I think my foot was about to fall off. The way I was situated blocked the bloodflow to it haha. I cramped up for the next 10 minutes haha. Talk about a rude azwakening.
Yesterday, when I was (just a side note here... you don't realize how much you use the W key until it is in a different place on the keyboard!!!) talking about all of the positive reasons I was leaving the UK, I forgot that it was also my last night in a predominately English speaking country!!! Hello Europe.
It was okay, though. "Parlez-vous Anglais" went a long way. Another small note is that if you make it out here, you should not expect your credit cards to work for the self-service machines because if they are like mine, they do not have a special chip in them that the machines here use to read them. I have not tried to use it with an ATM or cashier here yet though.
Now, my day in Paris. It was really fun, but very tiring. I am glad I am doing this young because there is no way I will be able to that again when I am older haha. Carl, my good friend and couchsurfing host, tood me on a tour of the city via bicycle. The bicycle renting system is great here. Only one euro all day if you never keep the bike longer than a 30 minute period at a time (Dad, if you think you almost hit a guy on a bike the other day, come here and see what its like haha.
It is worth ,entioning here that cycling is Carl's only means of transportation here in the city. He does this trip almost every day. Needless to say, he wore my ass out haha. Despite my best efforts not to look like a weak American boy I had to stop for water once and ask to stop to enjoy the "scenic views" from ti,e to time haha. I did't want to admit how tired I was haha.
My first sighting was Notre Dame because it is so close to here. It was beautiful, inside and out. Also, the line was not long when we got there although it had lengthened considerably by the time we left. Carl said it took like 200 years to build... a lot different from buildings today.
We had a beer at a palace (see photos) then continued. We passed by the Louvre on our way to the grand avenue des Champs-Elysées to see it and l'arc de triomphe.
Finally we saw la Tour Eiffel. I was so happy to see it that I had to give it a big hug.
So... my first night in Paris you would expect a Parisian dinner right haha... Well, Carl thought it would be good to go to a Parisian American food diner to eat haha. It was really good haha. Better than a lot of places I have eaten in the states haha. Everyone who worked there was an American working in Paris. Perhaps today I can try some Parisian cusine for dinner haha.
Carl bought some desert and headed back to his place for it.
I was embarassed to speak the little french I know when I first got here because I knew I would mess up, but after saying a few things to Carl in fench I think I will be more open to it tommorow.
Tomorrw, I think I will try to see the Louvre and go to the top of the Tower... If my legs are worth a damn after today haha.
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