Wednesday, May 6, 2009
P A R a d I S e
After two hours at the travel agency, Holly and I finally got our trip finalized. Accommodations and transportation all set up, French phrasebook purchased and tourist attractions mapped out. Now all we have to do is beat Oldenburg (first place team) at their place. If you haven't watched the highlights from that game...go ahead and scroll down to that blog post. Anyway, we took care of business, and we actually left right from the game to the airport for Paris. We got there early Thursday morning and made it through the whole day on 3 hours of sleep (one in the airport, one on the airplane, and one on the bus to the hotel). The first day we saw the Bastille, Notre Dame, One Main Shopping District and the Eiffel Tower. The next day was MayDay and apparently everything was closed, but we did a lot of walking and scoped out our next two days. We were able to see the Parthenon and the Sacred Heart though. Along with the major Opera house and Triumph Arch. The third day we spent the morning at the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo. After that we did a bunch more shopping and tried to get into the Musee D'Orsay but it was closing. We ate at the best restaurant in town and decided to hit the Musee D'Orsay the next day before we left. But apparently, the first Sunday of every month, admission to the museum is free, so the line was outside and around the block. We decided to just go see the Rodin Sculptures (The Thinker) and Napolean's Tomb instead. The trip was off the hook and I'd definitely recommend anyone who can make it to Paris at some point to go, make sure you set aside a lot of money though because you will find your wallet pretty slim if you don't. Speaking of wallets...do you like the new one?