21.05.2015 - 22.05.2015
Our long day started early yesterday morning. My parents drove us to Milwaukee and we left about 5am. Traffic in Milwaukee was good, and checking in at the airport was a breeze. Then, when I got to security and went to take out my Ziplock bag of toiletries, I found I had forgotten them. Wonderful. Really, that isn't the worst thing in the world, but it did mean that when I got to Toronto I spent quite a bit of money at the Clinique counter to replace some of the makeup that was in the bag. Oh well.
Our 7-hour layover wasn't terrible. We spent the first 3 hours in the Plaza Premium lounge. It cost $50 each but it was worth it for all the food and drink and comfy chairs. It would have cost more to stay longer than that so we left after our three hours were up and went down and sat at a table near our gate. Our flight was on time and incredibly smooth. It was a 777 and pretty big inside. The legroom wasn't even terrible. We both managed to sleep a little bit so that was good.
Getting through customs in Paris was essentially nothing. No forms to fill out. No questions asked. They just opened our passports, stamped them, and let us in. I'm not complaining but I haven't seen customs that lax in years. We then went and bought tickets for the RER train into the city. This takes about half an hour. Our hotel, 3 Colleges, is just a few minutes walk from the Luxembourg RER stop, in the Latin Quarter. It is your typical tiny Parisian room but it seems nice enough.
Our room wasn't ready yet when we got there though so we dropped off our bags and went out to see some sights.
First though, we were hungry, so we stopped to get a croissant and something to drink. We then headed over to Notre Dame Cathedral.
There was a pretty long line to get inside but it moved quickly so it didn't take long to get in. It really is beautiful inside. Outside, however, we saw our first clowns of the day. Clowns are creepy. I do not like clowns.
After looking around inside, we went around back to a little park.
There, we discovered that parks in Paris have free wifi. There are signs on the park benches about it. Of course, being free public wifi it was a bit sporadic and it kept kicking us out. But I won't complain about free. I was able to check in on Facebook so I was happy about that.
We then walked over to the Isle San Luis and looked at some of the shops before we stopped at a creperie for lunch. We discovered that we like sweet crepes much more than savory ones! This should not be shocking to anyone who knows us. After lunch, we took a boat ride on the Seine, The weather is absolutely gorgeous here today so it was great to be out on the water. Plus we got our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower!
Oh, and while we were going under one of the many bridges over the Seine, there was another clown waving down at us. I really hope that is the last clown we see here!
After the boat ride it was about 4pm so we knew our room would be ready so we walked back and that is where I am now. We are resting up before going to dinner and working hard at staying up until a reasonable hour to get rid of the jetlag. We've almost made it!
Tomorrow we are hitting some museums and the Champs Elysees. Should be a busy day!