Begin the day in London, end in Paris
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September 5th, 2009 – by: HCSmooth66
I learned from my time in London to get the typical sites out of the way as soon as you can. I caught the Metro from Gare du Nord, where my train arrived, and was soon in Place d’Italie where I had a short walk up Rue de Gobelins where I would check into a hostel for just the 2nd time in my life.
After Notre Dame I jammed as many of the typical sites in Paris into the first day. I walked over toward the Louvre and saw the pyramid out front and the museum itself. Not a big fan of art, so I wasn’t ever considering heading inside. I then walked through Jardin des Tuileries to Place du Concorde and onto the Champs Elysees. My first impression of the Champs Elysees was that for the most popular street in the world it’s pretty ordinary, way too congested with traffic, and kind of lame (For lack of a better word). My first impression of the street was actually a bit too kind. By the time I got all the way up to the Arc de Triomphe I was kind of annoyed and wondering why I wasted so much time walking up this street. I hate shopping and if there is a hell for me it’ll look a heck of a lot like the Champs Elysees.
I tried to not let my annoyance with the Champs Elysees destroy my impression of the Arc de Triomphe, but one of the things that bothered me was the crazy traffic all up and down the street, and it was just as bad around the Arc. But it’s an impressive site for sure. I chose not to go up to the top at this point thinking it’d be a better trek up when it was dark.
I then wandered down to Trocadero to catch the great view of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is the iconic structure in Paris, perhaps the world. I guess it’s one of those things you must see at some point in your life. Check that one off of my list. It was starting to get a little late into the evening, so I decided to hang around the area for a while. I walked under the tower, back up to Trocadero, and just sat around relaxing while the sun went down so that I could also see the tower with the lights on. It is certainly an impressive site. On the hour after sundown they also have a show in which thousands of lights sparkle on the tower, which is truly an impressive site and got a lot of ooohs and ahhhs from those watching. This is where I called it a night as I headed back to the hostel for some much needed rest.
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