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Posted Feb 24, 2008 - 03:42 AM
Paul and I went to Paris for a week during Thanksgiving. Paul went for work and I tagged along. Alexa stayed home with her grandparents and played on her newly built swing set. Our trip was made rather interesting because there was a transportation strike, all Metro (subway), train and bus service was shut down. Because there was no train service, the 2 days Paul was working, I was unable to make my way from the hotel, which was by the airport 30 min away from the center of Paris. So for those 2 days I just hung out at the hotel and relaxed.
Our first excursion was to Versailles. We had to rent a car because there was still no train service. It was very interesting driving in France. We got a bit lost but we finally made our way to Versailles. The castle and gardens were absolutely beautiful. We had a delicious lunch in a restaurant by the lake in the garden. After Versailles we decided to drive to the Eiffel Tower. Boy was that a crazy drive. Traffic was a nightmare. Worse than anything I have ever seen in the United States. It took us 2 hours to finally arrive at the Eiffel Tower (according to MapQuest it should have been 20 min). Once there we bought our tickets and made our way to the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower. Paul didnít want to go any higher. The view at night was gorgeous. Our driving adventure got even worse when we tried to get back to the hotel that evening and found out the expressway was closed. Thanks to the iPhone and MapQuest we were able to eventually find our way home traveling on side streets. It was pretty scary.
The next day, we moved to our new hotel in the center of Paris, driving into the city one last time. As usual we got a bit lost but stopped at a gas station and I was able to talk to the guy in my excellent French and he gave us directions. Our new hotel, the Hilton, was a few blocks off the Champs Elysee. Thankfully, the strike was winding down and we were able to take the Metro. We visited a lot of the sights. We saw the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, the Louvre, Musee de Orsay, the Catacombs, Les Invalides, the Champs Elysee, Sacre Couer, Notre Dame, St. Chapelle and took a cruise down the Seine River. We enjoyed eating at the braserries, patiserries and having our nightly crepes on the Champs Elysee. We had a great time and I canít wait to go back. By the way, I forgot to mention, I was 25 weeks pregnant for the trip (Second international trip for him).