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Paris, France

26 August 2011

Andrew and I lay in bed. We had gone to bed at 7 and closed the curtains. By 10 we were still not asleep. We were both too excited. The alarm was set for 2 am. My mom and brother were flying into Gatwick and we were going to start the amazing travel adventure that had taken me months to plan. This trip was not for the faint of heart. It was meant to pack as much as possible into their visit. We would all be exhausted. late nights, early mornings and hours and hours spent on trains, planes and automobiles. Andrew and I decided to get up pack the car and head to Gatwick. Sleep was just not happening. Maybe if we were at Gatwick we could get some sleep in the car. We did manage to sleep a little. And then we waited ….and waited…and waited. Their flight was to arrive at 5:30 am. It did arrive on time. It just took another hour and a half to clear customs and get their bags. We had time for some quick hugs before we piled into the car and drove to the English Chanel. Mom and Kirk had not slept on their flight thanks to excitement. They regretted this later.

Waiting for the train to start that would take us through the Chunnel.

I am sure that we stopped somewhere in France for breakfast. But I cannot really remember it. At this point we were all so tired. We parked the car at Charles de Gaulle airport and took the train into Paris.
Mom was looking a little tired on the train ride into Paris.

Our hotel was just a few minutes walk from the metro station. We dropped off our backpacks and fretted up before heading out to explore Paris and find some food. This was the neighbourhood our hotel was in. I wanted a hotel that was very Parisian and the very was perfect.

We had tried to find food earlier but the restaurants were closed for lunch and did not open again until 8pm.

Thanks to Rick Steeves (I never travel without him) we got a carnet of metro tickets and took a metro bus around the main sites of Paris.

We got off the metro bus at the Eiffel Tower. And there was a chip truck. That served crepes. So we sat on the curb with our crepes and chips and ate our very first meal in Paris under the Eiffel Tower. It was perfection.

 We then walked across the River Seine and down the other bank until we arrived at the Arc de Triomphe just as the sun was setting.

From there we walked down the Champs Elysees. I could not find a metro station to take us back to our hotel. So we walked the whole way. We passed some beautiful sites.

By the time we got back to the hotel it was after 11. Everyone was exhausted. Mom and Kirk had fought through their jet lag. I gave them no choice. Tomorrow we would wake early and explore more of Paris.

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