When we arrived in Paris (Saturday, June 15th) it was still late mid-day (trip summary). We ended up dropping off our stuff at our hotel (Hôtel de Roubaix) and then started walking toward the Seine . We ultimately made our way to the Effiel Tower. We took a tone of photos.
The next day we headed to the Louvre for a guided tour (highly recommended), and then we had time to walk and see what we wanted. We did that for about 2 hours. Once we were done at the Louvre (most of the morning) we made our way to the Arc de Triomphe, and Norte Dame.
We had lunch at L'Etoile 1903 near Arc de Triomphe. The only picture I took was of the beer (I think we were super hungry and just started digging in before a picture could be taken of our food):
Just before dinner though, I was able to meet up with Rolf Potts (travel writer) for a quick picture. He was in Paris at the same time teaching a class on writing. I've been listening to Rolf's podcast for some time -- Deviate. Some of his podcasts actually inspired parts of this trip.
Some other details and thoughts about Paris:
- The French people we met in the stores and restaurants were super helpful and accommodating of our lack of French.
- There are a lot of scooters in Paris.
- Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the other side of the Seine was a great recommendation from our train companion from Brussels to Paris.
- He also recommending going to an "unofficial" memorial for Princes Diana which we did.
- The subway system while we were there was great.
- The train system worked well for us also.
- We probably could have done better on the hotel but we really weren't in the room all that much other than to sleep so any "better" setup would have been lost on us.
- Having Carson leave us early was a bummer but it all worked out in the end.