A self-guided tour of Paris by metro and foot…

Ow ow ow, is what I have to say. My feet are so sore from all the walking we did yesterday.  You can see everything in Paris by foot, but ouch. It’s a lot of walking.  Why did we walk so much? Weeellllll, we couldn’t find metro stations. We seemed to stop, look at a map, see where the next one was, but then somehow walk right by it.  Each time it was “oh, we’ll just make it to the next one…”  I’m sure we ended up walking a couple of extra miles.  Let’s see, if you’re looking at a map of Paris, we walked from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc d’Triomphe, down Champs Elysees and George V boulevard, down  along the Seine next to le Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, les Invalides, and a little past and finally found a metro.  Maybe it doesn’t look far on the map, but my aching feet will tell you otherwise (and I was in tennis!)

Despite the aching feet, we did enjoy ourselves.  It was like we gave ourselves an overview of Paris so we could decide what we really wanted to spend our time on.  For example, we saw that the line to go up the Eiffel tower was equivalent to the line for Indiana Jones at Disneyland.  Hmm…come back later is what we thought.  Also, the Louvre is quite stunning from the outside so who can imagine what it’ll look like from the inside!  This one bridge, which I havne’t figured out the name to yet,  was goregeous and tempting to walk across, so we’ll have to do that when our feet can handle it.  Notre Dame was stunning, of course.  Musee d’Orsay is right there and beautiful.

Our intent was to get up early and head straight to the Eiffel Tower to see if we could beat the lines, but oops….it’s 11:00 and we’re just showering.  We were out late seeing Montmartre.  We ate in the Cafe de 2 Moulins (2 Windmills Cafe), which is the cafe from the movie, Amelie, of which we are great fans.  Then it was on to the redlight district.  Hmmmm….won’t go into detail.  Let’s just say, you thought Las Vegas was bad……Anway, walked to find such famous places as Le Chat Noir and Moulin Rouge.   Took some pics and headed back.  Oh yeah, riding the subway at 11:30 pm like pros (and there were still TONS of people out everywhere)

We did find out that the Eiffel Tower stays open until midnight, so maybe we’ll go for a ride tonight instead.  We are going to L’Opera Garnier today and then the Louvre.

We haven’t uploaded pics yet, but we have some.  We didn’t go crazy yesterday b/c we knew we’d be coming back to all the places we saw….so hang tight, be patient.  We are having a great time!

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Jenny Cain

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