Saturday, June 5, 2010

Paris Travel Guide: Getting Situated

Hi Bloggy Friends. I'm starting to update my trip posts with videos. Come by and check them out if you're interested. 

Bonjour Bloggy Friends,

We made it to Europe safe and sound. We slept most of the way here, thanks to some meds prescribed by our doctor. When we arrived in Brussels (30 min. early) we immediately set out looking for the Eurail that would take us to Paris. Unfortunately, when we finally found the station we were told that the direct train was booked for the afternoon, so we had to get creative and do some transferring along the way. This got us there about two hours later, but the ride was nice. The transportation here is so speedy and efficient - unlike the clunky, turtle-like system we have in America.

When we arrived in Paris we hopped the Metro to the Marais district, which is where our apartment is located. We're renting a quaint little flat on 98 rue St. Antoine that we found on a website called AirBnB. So far we love it. It has everything we need, plus it's in a fabulous location.

After getting settled we set out on foot to follow the Seine River all the way to the Eifel Tower. On the way we stopped for dinner in a funky Left Bank bistro called Cocotte Jolie. When we finally made it to the Eifel tower, we decided to skip the trip to the top because the line was monstrous. Instead, we strolled  across the Pont d'Iena to enjoy the view from the steps of the Palais de Chaillot. We made it there just in time for the light show that illuminates the tower with twinkling white lights every hour. It was the ultimate tourist experience, but at the same time really beautiful and romantic. 

When we arrived back at the apartment we crashed. Even though we rested well on the plane, we were both exhausted from a day full of traveling and traipsing. 

I've been putting together short videos as the trip progresses, but our shoddy Internet service isn't allowing me to upload them onto YouTube. I'll get them up as soon as I can. Be on the lookout for those and my next post, but until then enjoy some of the snapshots I took of our travels and on our first night in  the City of Love.

Au Revoir!


Casey said...

I need to find out about these meds... It's so hard for me to sleep on a plane.

I know you are having a fabulous time. I can't wait to see the videos! Thinking of Paris reminds me of the movie 'French Kiss.' Love it!

Bill Fogle said...


I love that you posted your location and the spots you visited. I got the street view where you are staying! I love that those Parisian buildings all have those odd, glamorous windows.

Well, as far as that Pont d'Iena bridge thing, you know my head was all Audrey Hepburn in "Charade." Remember the scene when they're on the boat on the Seine?

Enjoy! :)

Morrie said...

Josh, Thanks for these stories and vids. I have very happy memories of a trip to France in 1990, which seems like yesterday. Hurtling around in a 2cv. Hope the trip is/was fabulous.

Josh Middleton said...

Thanks, Morrie. I appreciate your comments. Have a great week.

Casey said...

I can't wait to see more videos. These were great. I too wish that people would just be quiet sometimes in a confined space! You and Alan looked fab strolling in gay Paris!