Day One: Travel and ParisPosted: June 9, 2011
What started with a determined idea one year ago that led to execution 6 months ago has led to this: Paris.
I left DFW 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon and I arrived in Paris 9:30 local time – about 2:30 AM on my body clock.
It took me a while to get my luggage and to get my bearings in Charles de Gaulle airport, but I finally made it to my hotel here in Roissy – just outside CDG. After some grief from the reception desk, I checked in, took a shower and caught a bus back to CDG so I could take the train into Paris.
Round trip RER tickets and an all day Metro pass runs about €25. I find the platform and I’m headed to Paris.
First stop: Notre Dame and St. Chappell. The train kicks you out right at Notre Dame – I climb a set of stairs and there it is. I took a ton of pictures that I’ll upload later. It’s an amazing structure. I don’t have the talent to put it into words – but it’s an incredible scene. The church. The people. The river. The scene. Just incredible.
Next stop: St. Chappell. No joy. There’s a line around the building. I’ll have to save the stain glass windows for a return trip.
From here I want to see the pyramid at the Louvre. I pull out my trusty map and head that direction. Unfortunately, I got a little confused and caught up in the scene and got lost. Once I figured out where I am and find the right metro stop, I decide to skip the Louvre and make for my next stop: the Concorde and obelisk.
Again, what a scene.
This picture, again, doesn’t do it justice but I have better pics.
I make my way back to the Metro and head off towards the Arc de Triomphe.
From there it’s two metro trains to the Trocadero and Eiffel.
It’s a sight to behold. I walked the full grounds. I took pictures from all angles. It’s just incredible.
I’m not sure how little sleep I got, but after only 6 hours in Paris I’m beat. I hop 2 Metro trains, the rush hour RER and my shuttle bus and I’m back in my hotel suite.
I need to find something to eat and probably hit the sack early. I’m meeting up with the GPT race tour group tomorrow and we’ll head to our hotel in Tours.
Overall, it was an incredible day and I know I haven’t scratched the surface of this magical city.