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Unrealistic, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways…

So how unrealistic was I to believe that I could 1. count on the internet in a foreign country to be as accessible as what I am used to at home, and 2. to think that I could dash out a blog post everyday while on vacay???

After Day 1, I could see that it wasn’t going to happen. I did try to keep my photos updated, which was good. Otherwise I may have never uploaded them all. And for my facebook comrades out there, I do not *really* believe that other people want to look at 11 days of photos taken of interesting architecture, or some Metro sign that I plan to print out in black and white for my foyer…I use pixelbook to order my photos & they have a handy dandy tool that connects right to my facebook albums. So, I figure it is easier to upload to one place…and have the added advantage of  boring all of my  friends  and acquaintances dating back to the 1st grade, all in one convenient location. Genius, right?

But I digress…back to the daily blogisode. Fear not! I do fully intend to break down each and every day of our fantastic voyage, now that I am home. I took a few notes along the way, and have my photos to help jog my memories through the hazier moments. I am really looking forward to summarizing every day.  I hope it will help me remember every single moment of this amazing vacation. I learned so much about Paris…Europe…and even myself, my family, and our own great country here in the US.

Stay tuned, gentle reader…More to follow! 🙂

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Paris: Day 1

We made it!  I have so. much. to. say about Paris…I am not even sure where to start.  I guess I will start with a disclaimer:  we just left an Irish Pub, so if my writing skills, English, or general vernacular are suffering, that’s the reason why.  

So, after 2 movies, 3 episodes of Flight of the Concordes, a Bendadryl/Jack & Coke mix, and 1 desperate-but-unsuccessful attempt to sleep, we made it to Paris.  And here’s where the story begins:

6:35 a.m.  Arrive at gate

6:45 a.m.  Get our bags.  All of them made it to Paris.

7:00 a.m.  We talk to a cab driver.  67 euros to get to our hotel.  That’s about $100 US. 

7:15 a.m.  We buy RER tickets for 18 euro. That’s the subway, for you statesiders.

10:30 a.m.  We check into our hotel.  Yes, that is THREE AND A HALF HOURS, 9 trains, and 2 nervous breakdowns later.

11:00 a.m. Shower up & get ready for lunch at Jules Verne.  Reservation at 1 p.m., sharp.

12 noon:  Leave the hotel.

12:13 p.m.  Get lost in a giant traffic circle.

12:18 p.m.  Sweat profusely…what do you mean, Paris??  You don’t really do air conditioning???  Anywhere?

12:38 p.m.  Stop for a photo shoot along the Seine.

12:43 p.m.  Get anxious because we are lost again.

1:05 p.m.  Show up at the Eiffel Tower.  Sweaty.

1:10 p.m.  Have an amazing seat at Jules Verne.

2:30 p.m.  Leave the Eiffel Tower, and make our way back to the hotel.

4:00 p.m.  NAP TIME!  (Seriously.  We are old, people.  We needed a nap after having NO SLEEP ALL NIGHT, and our RER ride from H-E-double hockey sticks)

6:13 p.m.  “Getting To Know Our Neighborhood”…Mr. Rogers style, only without the cardigan, or the English language.

7:25 p.m.  Hanging out in the Tulerie Gardens.

8:25 p.m.  Night Night for these world travelers.

This day felt like 4 days, piled into one.  How do you say “jet lag” in French?  Yeah, we don’t know either.  But we certainly felt it.  On the upside, we got a TON of much needed rest, and today, we did an amazing bike tour.  I don’t want to detail it yet, because, well, this day isn’t over.  But I can say has been wayyyyyy more exciting than Day 1!  And it’s only 4 o’clock 🙂

Get Ready, Get Set…Almost Time To GO!!!!

So the BIG DAY is finally here!  I can hardly believe it.

I have managed to get everything wrapped up at the office and at home, including a mini clean out of Chloe’s room…You know, the type of clean out that goes on when the kids aren’t there to “supervise” what does and does not make the cut.  The house is clean, beds are made, refrigerator cleared out, not a stitch of dirty laundry in the house.  Brian thought this massive cleaning endeavor was a bit of an overkill, but hey, if bad guys break in while we are away, I would die if they thought the house was a wreck.  I mean, I do have standards to maintain!  Although if bad guys do break in while we are gone, there’s nothing left to take:  I pretty much packed it all.

For months I have been reading up on the joys of packing light.  I really, really wanted to do some of that stuff.  Until it was time to pack.  I just “might need” so much stuff!!!  I “what if’ed” myself into  6 pairs of shoes & 4 purses, 12 outfits (including accessories), 3 dresses, a raincoat & 2 toiletry bags.  So while I may have missed the mark on ‘minimalist’ travel, I think I may have covered all the bases.  Of course, if there is a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ or two, I am going to be in Paris–the shopping capital of the universe.  And since mama didn’t raise no dummy, I packed a very large collapsible duffle bag, just in case I need an extra suitcase to bring home all of my Parisian treasures.

Today we fly into Charlotte, then off to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.  I have my trusty Benadryl packed, and *hopefully* will be able to sleep on this trans continental flight.  I say *hopefully* because when we get to Paris, we need to hit the ground running!  Our itinerary is more than a little jam packed.  To keep my sanity intact (too late), I found a pendaflex folder and divided out all of our activities by date…So each day we wake up, we can pull out the tickets, receipts, reservations, etc for whatever it is I dreamed up we need to do that particular day.  Yes, it’s a little OCD.  But that is how I roll.

Stay tuned tomorrow for updates on our flight, checking in to our 3 mortgage payments…I mean, Hotel Renaissance Paris Vendome  … 

The agenda also includes our visit to the Eiffel Tower, lunch at Jules Verne, and whatever trouble we find along the way. 

LOOK OUT PARIS:  HERE. WE. COME.