Thursday, September 10, 2009

PARIS - Banana & Nutella crepes, PDA, bathroom mayhem and more...

Paris: A land of PDA
Upon arriving in Paris, we checked into our quaint hotel, Hotel Marignan, in a traditional French style building in the 5th arrondissement - the Latin Quartier. (Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, that spiral counter-clockwise outward from the center of the city). After checking in and catching up, we walked to the Notre Dame Cathedral in the Ile de la Cite and had dinner along the River Siene within view of Notre Dame (right). After a great dinner (with a waiter who acted like the stereotypical Parisian) at a brasserie (cafe), we caught the metro (subway) to the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) to see it light up at night (above) and laid on the lawn, enjoying the sights and the evening.
The following day, Katie's last with us on the trip, we decided to begin at Sacre Coeur (right), a cathedral in the artsy 18th arrondissement (Montmarte) with an amazing view of the city. However, a few funny things happened on our way there. We needed to make a stop so Ryan could use the restroom, so as we were wandering about, we came around a large sign. On the other side, a well dressed old man was urinating in broad daylight on the sidewalk at 10am...and got Katie. Goo. After freaking out on that guy, we made it to a cafe where Ryan took so long in the restroom that the barista came outside and asked us to check on him because he thought he fell asleep in the bathroom! The whole place laughed as Ryan walked out...
Other highlights of the day included visiting Notre Dame (below - lower right), eating banana & nutella crepes (AWESOME), eating a croissant (also awesome) and walking the Champs-Elysees from the Arc de Triumph (below), past many sights (below - lower left), through the Jardin de Tuileries and to the Louvre. One thing I noticed: there is PDA everywhere in Paris (below - upper right).

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