First Day in Paris

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Boys with policeman.
Both the boys didn't feel too well after the long flight but it was a small price to pay as our arrival at Charles De Gaulle went smoothly.  The line at Immigration was a little long until a new line was opened directly in front of us.  The pretty Immigration offer hardly looked at our passports, she was too busy talking with her co-worker and just stamped our passports without any inspection and we were on our way.    No long wait for our bags and no check at Customs.   The Information Office was near, no lines, and good information on taking the Roissy Opera Bus.  We made sure to pick up two museum passes (96 Euros , boys free) in order to skip the ticket lines at the Louvre and other attractions.  The bus stop was close and we only had to wait a few minutes before we were on our way.   Everything went so smoothly that I should of bought a lottery ticket since we had great luck in avoiding all the usual airport minor hassles.
View from top of the Arc de Triomphe


Close to the Opera area we passed a heavy police convoy passing by lights flashing and sirens blaring.  At least 4 paddy wagons were escorted by police cars loaded with policemen armed with automatic rifles held at the ready.  Maybe they were transporting a major criminal.

Checked in to the Citadines Apart Hotel.  We were all tired as it was now past Midnight back home but best not to sleep right away.  That's not so bad when getting to visit Paris for the first time.    After cleaning up Michiyo called her friend Yukiko and arranged to meet.   While waiting for Yukiko we went to the Rue Caumartin and the boys ate some crepes.  

A little later we met Yukiko and she took us to a nearby supermarket to pick up some much needed supplies such as cheeses, wine, and other tasty things.
On the way to the supermarket.


Later we walked to Église de la Madeleine then on to the Champs-Elysees towards the Arc de Triomphe.   We were looking for a French meal but most of the restaurants and cafes were serving Italian and pizza!!   We love pizza and Italian food but we would get enough of that later.   Finally right at the end of the avenue we found the Chez Clement restaurant serving French food and were lucky enough to get a table with a great street view.   We had a nice meal and then we said goodbye to Yukiko.

We were more tired than ever but there was no way we were not going to leave without seeing the Arc de Triomphe.  A memorial ceremony was being held while we were eating but by the time we crossed over to the Arc the cadets and old veterans were leaving.  Our museum passes were handy as the attendants let us up and told us not to mark the date on our passes yet as it was so late and would waste one of the three days the passes were valid for.

We took the bus home and the boys wasted no time in getting to sleep.

ladyluck13and7 says:
I like the fact you always sneak so many helpful tips in your reviews.
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
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Boys with policeman.
Boys with policeman.
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View from top of the Arc de Triom…
On the way to the supermarket.
On the way to the supermarket.
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Head of Rue Edouard VII, our hote…
Alter in La Madeleine.
Alter in La Madeleine.
Family on Champs-Elysees
Family on Champs-Elysees
View from the Chez Clement.
View from the Chez Clement.
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