Our chauffeur (hah!--read:shuttle driver) was waiting for us with a sign with our name on it. He whisked us into Paris from Charles de Gaule Airport in about 45 minutes. We were at our apartment in the 7th by 10:15!
We headed out about noon to explore our neighborhood. We walked and walked...found a nice little sidewalk cafe to enjoy a lunch. We shared a great baguette sandwich (passed on the diet coke: about $6.00 yikes!) and watched the world walk by. We then walked towards the Seine and crossed the river on the most beautiful bridge, the Alexander III. Here are a couple of pics:
We were now on the "right bank", and walked around gawking at all of the beautiful architecture, looking just like the tourists we are!
By now, jet lag had started to set in, so we decided another sidewalk cafe was in order! Found a nice one with a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower, ordered a beer--and again sat and watched the world go by. Almost needed to pinch ourselves--are we REALLY in Paris?? Dave and Di from Spudville in Paris? Yes, we are!!!
After that nice cold beer we were feeling refreshed, so continued up the street to another bridge across the Seine--this one right to the Champs du Mars, the park around the Eiffel Tower. Oh, my....the people. Thousands of people in line to go up the tower (which we had decided not to do, thank goodness!). We walked around the tower, right under the tower, and viewed it from every angle. It's beautiful! Here we are, Dave and Di at the Eiffel Tower:
We strolled back through the park, towards our apartment. Along the way we stopped at a few shops--a grocery store, a bakery, a pastry shop, and best of all--the cheese shop! (thinking of my friend Pat there!) We picked up the makings for our first dinner in Paris: a baguette with butter (two kinds of butter!) cheese, thin sliced sausage and a nice tarte aux pommes for desert. Oh--don't forget the wine! A lovely bottle of Bordeaux, which we (unfortunately) finished off! What a wonderful meal.
It was the perfect ending to our first day in Paris. Needless to say, it was early to bed for these two weary travelers--we have more exploring to do tomorrow!
On the agenda for Saturday in Paris: A flea/antique street market in the morning, then off to a museum in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more pics!
Au revoir from Paris!