After a few cloudy grey days in London we took the Chunnel to Paris. I thought the Chunnel would be a bit scary, but it was actually quite a boring ride. At the exact minute we were scheduled to arrive, we pulled into the train station and I stepped into mainland Europe for the first moment in my life. Here are a few photos and notes about our first couple of days in Paris.
- The city was a bit intimidating to navigate at first, but once we got our Metro passes and figured out the train routes it was quite easy.
- One day we bought Batobus tickets so we could hop on and off the water bus as it circled round and round the Seine.
- There are literally cafes on every corner. That is not an exaggeration. I did not eat any macaroons, but I did have more than my fair share of crepes and croissants.
- The Simpsons is still funny, even when overdubbed in French.
- We enjoyed the times we spent exploring the neighborhood where our hotel was located (the Latin Quarter) more than the time we spent doing the touristy stuff we tried out.
- Vintage shops were either full of junky 70s polyester for relatively cheap, or beautifully curated and way out of my price range. I think everything I like was close to 120 euros!
- We went to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, but not the Eiffel Tower. The line was too long!