Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Europe Trip- Day 12: July 9, 2012

By Josh

The train from Venice arrived promptly at 9:29am in Paris and we were on our way to discovery...sort of.  With Kristin's disdain for spending money and my hatred for lines, we decided it was a better idea to walk the 2.5 km to our hotel instead of riding a cab like most people would do.  Amazingly, we found the hotel and were able to get a room immediately. 

The "Love Capsule" at the 5 Hotel.  This hotel gives you an experience for your five senses.
There are twinkle lights, bright colors, amazingly soft beds, and smells in each individual room. 
After a few minutes looking around the most different hotel room we have ever stayed in, we were off to see Paris.  We began our journey with a delicious sandwich on french bread in the Jardin du Luxembourg overlooking the Palais Du Luxembourg. This was truly a wonderful spot to eat. 

Luxembourg Garden


We made our way to Notre Dame Cathedral, which is considered to be the heart of Paris.  This church was one of the best, or even the best church we have seen on the trip. 

Notre Dame
Following this we did a hop on/hop off boat our down the Seine River and decided to stay on for nearly the full loop from Notre Dame to the Jardin Des Plants to the Eiffel Tower and back. 

On our boat tour
When we got off the boat, we walked around the outside of the Louvre and Jardin des Tuileres and then took the long march of conquering soldiers down Champ Elyses to the Arc de Triomphe before making our way to a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero. 
At the Louvre

Don't need to say what this is :)

Arc de Triomphe
We hopped back on the boat and got off to discover the Island St. Louis.  We also had a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant on Island St. Louis. 

In addition to the sites already mentioned we saw the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, Pont Alexandra III, Hotel De Ville, Hotel Dieu, Palais De Justice, Stant Chappelle, Museo di Orsay, and the Pantheon. 

P.S.  It is 10:30pm and still light outside!!

Josh's Favorite Part of the Day:
Seeing the Eiffel Tower

Kristin's Favorite Part of the Day:
Eating our sandwich in the Luxembourg Garden

Josh's Surprise of the Day: 
How much I like Paris

Kristin's Surprise of the Day:
How pretty the Notre Dame Cathedral is

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