Paris Travel Blog› entry 2 of 29 › view all entries
July 1st, 2005 – by: eight
merci (mercy) = thank you
pardon (pard - ON) = excuse me
billet (be-yay) = ticket
simple (samp) = one-way
Upon arrival, we headed to L'Hotel de Republique. It had free breakfast of OJ, coffee, breads, free dialup, and tiny rooms. I don't recommend the hotel since it was small, uncomfortable and not safe feeling. For instance, we were on the ground floor, so people could walk into our room through the window (no way of closing it). So I locked all my stuff up to the radiator whenever I left. However, it fit the budget..literally. It was affordable.
We headed off for Basilique da Sacre-Coeur which was a very beautiful place. The Basilica itself wasn't the main attraction, but I enjoyed the green hillside, the view and the atmosphere of the place.
I was very excited, and then not so excited. I'm not a big fan of some things like shopping and palaces. I like culture and old things.
Next up, back to Paris! We figured that Notre Dame would take too long, so we went straight to dinner at Refuges de Fonduges.
Now that the evening was approaching, we headed out to the Arc du Triomphe and finally saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance. After two days in Paris, we hadn't even glimpsed the silly thing. It was big. The Arc was pretty neat. The top was spacious, highly worth seeing, and gave a good view of the city. It is also a spectacular place to watch the Eiffel Tower's light show.
Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, we soon headed down from the Arc and towards the Tower. Unfortunately, the top floor was closed since it was so late, so we went to the 2nd stage instead which also had an impressive view. I'm not too dissapointed; I'm going to Tokyo soon which has a tower 6 meters taller than the Eiffel tower...oooooh, 6 whole meters. But now a funny story about the buying tickets to the tower...there were these two American boys who ducked under the fence to meet up with their friends already in the line, but a British couple was giving them a very stern look, so the boys explained "our party is up here, we're going to meet them", and then the British man said to his wife "those Americans, having parties in the damnedest places; I just don't get those damn Americans". Anyway, the Eiffel tower is huge, impressive and a must see. The light show just makes it better whether you're far away or in the tower itself. Just go a little earlier, so you can go all the way up.
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