Adventures in Europe

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Paris at Christmas (well almost...)

The day after Christmas we went on a roadtrip to Paris and it was a lot of fun. Paris is a beautiful city and I really loved it. I was pleasantly surprised with the Parisians. Before going, we had heard so many awful things about the French people and especially people in Paris. They are very proud and refuse to speak English and basically just really rude. Although we did encounter some rude people (when asked if he spoke English, the first man we talked to said in English, "I speak French"!), we also talked to some really nice people. We also met some crazy French guys that Meredith knew so they took us all around Paris and entertained us for 2 days. It was really fun to have French tour guides! Me behind the wheel of our tiny little Euro car! We drove and parked outside the city then rode the metros around the city. It worked out really well.
This was the view from our hostel window! That is the Sacre Coeur, a beautiful cathedral in Paris.
Here is Meredith and I at the Moulin Rouge.
Parisians are the CRAZIEST drivers ever. This is the view from on top of the Arc de Triomphe at the round-about. We drove with our French friends down there!
The Champs Elysees from on top of the Arc de Triomphe.The stairs up to the top of the Arc de Triopmhe! For some reason, we decided to run up, but later regretted it...
Us after running all the way up the steps.

Meredith and I with the Arc de Triopmhe in the background.
The musuem of modern art. We didn't go inside but the outside itself was pretty awesome! There were escalators on the outside of the building!

More of the museum of modern art.
I really don't know what this building is, we just came across while walking around and it was really pretty. I think it might be for the government or something, but that's just a guess!
Me with the Seine River in the background.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame.
The Eifel Tower! Yay! Every hour for 10 minutes, it lights up and sparkles and it's really awesome.
Meredith and I on top of the Eifel Tower!
Chris, me, Clemont, Meredith and Paul on top of the Eifel Tower. It was really fun and beautiful, even though it was freezing!
Some views from the top of the Eifel Tower.

This is in line for the Eifel Tower (don't tell anyone but we cut in line because it was really long and really cold! The French guys led the way, so we just went along! Whoops...)
Me and Chris!
Here is Meredith trying "es cargo" or snails for the first time with the help of Clemont. I really liked them actually They were really good and I was surprised!
This is an idea of the driving and parking in Paris. The black car was the one we were in and our French friend parallel parked like this in one try without even blinking! Amazing.The Louvre! We spent about 4 hours inside and I was blown away with how incredibly HUGE it is.
One of the apartments of Napoleon inside the Louvre.
The sculpture of Aphrodite.
A cool "lip couch" in Napoloeon's apartments.

The Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs Elysees.
This is the other side of the Champs Elsyees with a Ferris Wheel at the end.
Meredith and I at dinner.
Our French friends-Paul and Clemont! They were great!
The area near the Sacre Coeur. It was really beautiful with the church and blue lights everywhere and guys doing drawings.

The Sacre Coeur up close.


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