Unfortunately, my time in Paris was short, however, I did make the most out of each day. Let’s dive right into my time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Leaving Los Angeles: My flight left LAX at noon, and arrived in Newark 20 minutes early. We had a medical emergency while in mid-flight but we still managed to land at Newark. Once I got to Newark I had something to eat, and discovered my flight to Paris was delayed over 2 hours because we were waiting on the incoming aircraft, which was coming from San Francisco.
Boarded my flight to Paris at 11:38pm EST and we were off to Paris. This flight was about 6 hours, I had slept an hour while on the flight. I just watched movies most of the time. At about 3 hours left to go, my glutes and hamstrings were starting to hurt, badly. I was unable to get up and walk around; I was sitting next to the window and the people next to me and around me were sound asleep. I didn’t want to disturb them by attempting to climb over them.
Arrived in Paris; my flight was over 2 hours late arriving, so we arrived at 1:18pm Paris time. I went through customs, found my bus, got on the bus and I was on my way. I got off at the Arc de Tromphe. I took a couple pics before heading to the Metro to get to my hotel.
After a very long day of traveling, I arrived at my hotel and checked in. I unpacked, took a two hour nap, and then meet up with my friend Jessica. We went out for a pre-dinner drink and a bar across from the Palais Garnier (Opera) is a beautiful Italian style opera house that was built from 1861 to 1875. It seats 1,979 and it was the primary home of the Paris Opera. It is now used for ballet. Afterward we ate dinner at a near by cafe.
Sightseeing in Paris: First day sightseeing in Paris was exciting. I ventured out, taking a walk down Rue de Richelieu and I passed the Fontaine Louvois that is in Square Louvois, which is a park. This park is beautiful, quiet, and there is a playground for kids. The Fontaine Louvois is absolutely stunning.
I continued my walk down Rue de Richelieu when I came to the Place du Carrousel. I was in awe of the architecture and its beauty.
I was absolutely in love and I enjoyed walking through the archways. Inside is The Louvre, Carrousel Arc de Triomphe, and Jardin des Tuileries (which is a park). I was taking it all in, slowly looking around and admiring all of it. I can’t say it enough but I am in love with the architecture of the buildings in Paris, and all the beauty that is Paris.
The Carrousel Arc de Triomphe is the smallest of the three arches and it was built by Percier and Fontaine in circa 1806 to 1808 to celebrate the Napoleonic victories of 1805. I noticed at the top that there is an inscription which is surrounded by statues at the top. I didn’t get a good picture of the inscription and I do not know what it is (that will have to wait until my next trip to Paris). Also at the top is peace riding the triumphal chariot.
I noticed that I could see the top of the Eiffel Tower, my heart started to sing and I couldn’t wait to get to the Eiffel Tower.
My main reason for visiting The Louvre; was to see The Code of Hammurabi. I love law, I always have. Why do I love law so much? I love law because I love the truth. I love to find the truth, and I love to fight for people who cannot fight for themselves. It was an amazing experience to see the Code of Hammurabi with my eyes, and to be standing in front of it.
The Code of Hammurabi is one of the first forms of written law, it contains 282 laws with punishments which was set by social status (slave vs. free man). It was in the Mesopotamian room with other Mesopotamian art. I love the art, and the Mesopotamian time period.
I walked around a little bit more, saw some statues that were in the courtyard. These statues were amazing. In order to see everything in The Louvre you’ll need at least three (3) days. There is so much to see.
I walked through a park called Camp de Mars on my way to Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower). It is a beautiful park where people are enjoying the day, spending time with family and friends. I had to see was the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower). It is so amazing and beautiful in person. I could see people on the observation deck, and the closer I got, the more amazing it was. The Eiffel Tower stands at 1,063 (rounded up, its actually 1,062.99 feet). I didn’t have money to take a full tour inside, that will be on my next trip to Paris, but I can only imagine the views of Paris.
I enjoyed dinner with Jessica at Bouillon Chartier, a restaurant founded in 1896. It looks exactly how it did in 1896, and the waiters are dressed in traditional rondin; tight-fitting black waistcoat with white aprons.
I had duck and baby potatoes. My gawd it was delicious, and the blue cheese, does not taste like it does in the United States. Its not bitter, it was delicious. I enjoyed eating classic French food.
After dinner at Chartier, we took a walk where Jessica showed me the Porte Saint-Denis, which was one of the former city walls, a gateway into the City of Paris. I also tried my very first crepe. It was filled with nutella, strawberries, and banana’s. It was absolutely delicious and you can watch them make the crepes right in front of you.
I took walks at night, Paris is beautiful during the day and beautiful at night. I walked a lot and took the Metro. By taking the Metro I sure did learn my way around Paris, and how to get to places. I didn’t spend much time there, so I just took each day as it came. I was only sleeping three (3) hours a night, and fighting jet lag was no fun. My odd was still on California time. In the short time I had there, I had such a wonderful time. Paris truly is a beautiful city, filled with history, which is why Paris is romantic to me. The architecture is beautiful, and I could not get enough of it.
Sunday, Marathon de Paris: Everything about the Marathon de Paris can be found here
Leaving Paris: I woke up at 3am Paris time and checked out of the hotel. I walked a quick ten (10) minutes to the Cadet Metro Station to take the Metro to Charles de Gaulle Airport. It cost me 10 Euro for one way, and I had to get off at Chateau-Landon and walk to Gare du Nord to catch the RER B. I enjoyed taking the Metro to the airport a lot more than I did taking the bus into Paris. Next time, I’ll be taking the Metro. Its easier, faster, and more direct.
My flight from Paris to San Fransisco was fantastic. I was on the United Dreamliner, and they fed us every two (2) hours. I was comfortable with plenty of leg room, it was peaceful, and the smoothest flight I have every had.
I have to make sure to get this Dreamliner flight next time (but to and from Paris). Then it was a quick two (2) hour flight from San Fransisco to Los Angeles. I had never been so hungry in my life, I stopped at Del Taco near the airport to eat, after I picked up my car from long term parking.
I am planning another visit to Paris, to stay there longer, to see more sights, and to see more people that I did not get to see while I was there. Read about some unique and the top souvenirs to bring back from Paris here
“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn, from the movie Sabrina.