Off to Paris for my birthday weekend – 12/15-12/18. After a bus ride. a train ride and a plane ride – we finally made it to our hotel. Thank God for the man in front of us in the airplane that helped us figure out how to get out of the airport. Our first night we were recommended to eat at this restaurant close to the hotel. This is where we met Philip and crew…… We got Michelle to try some lamb and escargot. 🙂 We drank for free after hours and danced until the wee hours of the morning.
If you ever go to Paris…….try Autour de……… yum!
Heather, michelle, Julie and the owner – Philip.
Michelle’s new favorite dish – Escargot!
Michelle learning to be a bartender!
Too much head!
I say forget the bartending, go straight to the tap.
The next day we headed to Disney. Paris Day #2.
Off to Disney Paris……much smaller than the US Disneys’……
Inside the park
Michelle in front of the entrance….
So because it was my birthday celebration, they made me wear a silly hat on my head all day……
But that is ok, I caught Michelle trying on this…..
And when Julie got cold, she wore this……
Hahaha……so we all had hats!
Some random pics of us throughout the park…..
Mickey and me
And yes we got rained on!!!
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
I went into the Haunted Mansion………I wanna see a ghost!
Michelle showing off her muscles – the sword in the stone!
You are allowed inside the castle. 🙂
Heather, Michelle and Julie
Disney at night….
After a long, rainy, cold day at Disney – Day #2 in Paris is done.
Onto Day #3 – mobbing around Paris.
Michelle having coffee……..she has a rating scale on coffee here from 1-5, needless to say, she hasn’t found a 5 since we have been here.
The Arc de Triomphe
Under the Arc
Michelle and I in front of the Arc – there is an option to climb to the top of the Arc – that would be 284 stairs……. opted not to. 🙂
Each of the legs of the Arc has sculptures on it such as this……
So, thank you Shelly for this tid bit – if you ever go to Paris go here to try the best macaroons – well everything they have is amazing! Laduree
The best one is the sea salted caramel macaroons. FYI we got in trouble for taking pictures in there.
Super excited with our desserts – or they call desserts here pudding!
Making our way to the Notre Dame……..
Me and in front of the Notre Dame
You can climb to the top of the Notre Dame too – 386 steps. We wanted to, but the line was too long.
We needed a snack before dinner, so here plus….
here, some bread and French wine = amazing!
Umm……the way the french celebrate birthdays – whoa!!!!! That was a firecracker on top of that dessert.
Before our plane left we decided we had to do one more stop……….
The Eiffel tower…………
So a TIP: if anyone is planning on going here in the future, purchase your tickets online or you will have to wait in a 4.5 hour line like we did.
You can also climb these stairs as well….. 347 steps to the 1st level, 674 steps to the second level and 1710 to the third level.
At the top – ummm….. we opted for no stairs and took 2 different elevators to get up here.
Michelle at the second level.
View from the top
You may also get champagne while you are at the top.
In the elevator on our way up….
Another view from the top.
This is how far we are away from home.
For our Canadian friends!
Back at the bottom!
Lite up at night!
After our visit to the Eiffel Tower, we headed to the airport on a subway. At one of the stops, there was an announcement over head – in French of course- and we had no idea what was said, but by the reaction around us, we knew something was up. We found a nice gentleman who spoke English and said that they announced that someone had jumped in front of the subway (which we are learning, seems to be quite common around here) and the subway will stop at an exit 3 stops before the airport exit! At the next stop, again, something was announced over head – in French, and the gentleman again translated for us. He said that if we get off at this stop there will be a bus upstairs that will take us to the airport. “US” being 200+ people who are now making a mad dash upstairs. When we get upstairs there were so many people at the bus stop, that when the bus showed up, people were pushing and cramming onto this bus. We unfortunately did not make it. People are fighting over cabs. It is a zoo and TICK TOCK…..we need to get to the airport. After a lot of frustration with no phone, we don’t speak French, we finally got a cab’s phone number and had another nice man call for us on his cell phone and get us a cab. Needless to say, after being on our own episode of Amazing Race, we made it to the airport and were headed back to London! Au Revoir Paris! Thanks for the memories!