Paris - France

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Do you know where I am?
Bonjour,

Ahhhhh, Paris.

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.
Notre Dame


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.
Moi devant l'arc de Triomphe
Totally nuts lol).

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.
Le musée du Louvre
  Truthe be told, I didn't get to enjoy the Champs-Elysées as much as I would have liked because I was huffing and puffing behind Carl on the bike haha. I will go back and walk perhaps. Oh, and I had my first parisian crepe somewhere in there. Chocolate... Mmmmm.

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.
Sitting at a café with Carl having a beer in Palais Royal
He speaks very good english and we only had to refur to the English/French dictionary about a dozen or so times each haha. It really helped for nouns and such he had forgotten.

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.

Until then,
Au revoir!
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Do you know where I am?
Do you know where I am?
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Moi devant larc de Triomphe
Moi devant l'arc de Triomphe
Le musée du Louvre
Le musée du Louvre
Sitting at a café with Carl havin…
Sitting at a café with Carl havi…
Le musée du Louvre aussi
Le musée du Louvre aussi
This is how we got around Paris to…
This is how we got around Paris t…
This is probably the only time all…
This is probably the only time al…
My first time touching La Tour Eif…
My first time touching La Tour Ei…
Inside La Tour Eiffel
Inside La Tour Eiffel
Sitting on a bench in a park.
Sitting on a bench in a park.
I felt like Robert Langdon in The …
I felt like Robert Langdon in The…
My first sighting of a Maserati en…
My first sighting of a Maserati e…
My first night in Paris we ate her…
My first night in Paris we ate he…
My iceless water haha
My iceless water haha
Parisian American hamburger
Parisian American hamburger
For you Dad. This is a French beig…
For you Dad. This is a French bei…
Me with one of Carls swords from …
Me with one of Carl's swords from…
My first parisian crèpe
My first parisian crèpe
Voilà. The stars on the tower sym…
Voilà. The stars on the tower sy…
Paris
photo by: Sweetski