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Sunrise over the Atlantic

Well, I made it to Paris

It was actually a fairly uneventful trip.  The flight from Phoenix to Philadelphia went fine, but my 4 hour layover turned into a 6 1/2 hour layover because the plane was late, and then some fancy gadget in the tail of the plane broke, and they couldn’t start the engines.  Very reassuring before the start of a transatlantic journey!

Once I got on the ground in Paris, I realized how little French I actually remember, and how bad it sounds when it comes out.  I was told the cab ride from the airport to the hotel would be about 100 dollars, so I figured I’d save my company a little cash, and get myself used to the train system at the same time.

View from my hotel balcony
 

BAD IDEA. 

Navigating the Paris train system for the first time with a good case of jet lag was interesting to say the least.  In switching from the RER to the Metro, I followed the signs and found myself underground with no Metro ticket, and no exit besides the turnstiles. The way I came in was marked do not enter, and the other "exit" was marked the same!  No ticket machines and the ticket booth was closed for maintenance, so I waited till it got quiet and sneaked over the turnstiles.  :-)

I’m staying the first five days here at a hotel pretty much in between the Eiffel tower, and the Arch de’ Triumph.  It’s quite nice, they put me on the top floor (6th) and if I lean out my window I have a great view of the tower.

Hotel room, small but comfy...
   

After I got unpacked, took a shower, and started feeling vaguely human again, I took a walk down to the river, and under the tower. The weather is blustery but really not bad at all. It was about 45 F, so I just stowed my rain jacket in my camera bag, and went out in jeans and a light long sleeve shirt.  I don’t think I saw anyone else who wasn’t wearing a heavy winter jacket, and most had gloves, and headgear on.  I’m not a big fan of the cold, but I was surprised how winterized everyone was.

I had heard how expensive everything was in Paris, but it didn’t really sink in until dinner tonight.  I had an interesting piece of "beef", salad, bread, and yummy Creme Brulée, plus a beer for ~$44 USD.  Ouch, good thing I’m on an expense account for the first week.

I head into our Paris office tomorrow at 9AM. I have only met a few of the Paris employees, so it will be nice to put names with faces. 
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Sunrise over the Atlantic
Sunrise over the Atlantic
View from my hotel balcony
View from my hotel balcony
Hotel room, small but comfy...
Hotel room, small but comfy...
Leg section of the Eiffel Tower
Leg section of the Eiffel Tower
There are a lot of military troops…
There are a lot of military troop…
View from my hotel balcony at night
View from my hotel balcony at night
Paris
photo by: Sweetski