Paris so far

Okay, I’m awake and alive now. Time to catch up.

Friday August 9th, 2013 4:30am
No.

Friday August 9th, 2013 4:45am
Really? Oh yeah, we want to sleep as much on the plan as possible so we’re waking up super early. Our flight isn’t until 6:15pm, but we want to sleep the whole time so we got up super early. Finished up a few last minute cleaning things around the house, got Gillian over to my inlaws, packed the rest of the stuff, and left the house. Got to the airport with several hours to spare and went to the United club to sit in nice chairs and eat decent food.

Plane had a broken bathroom so our departure was an hour and a half delayed and the. We sat on the Tarmac for another 45 min or so. Okay, we’re off finally. Giggling French 12 yr olds behind us have kicked me a dozen times but that’s fine. Eat some dinner, which wasnt bad, and get ready to try to sleep. Yeah, screaming 9 month old is having none of that. Screams for a good 3hours or so before Mom gets her to sleep. The darling 12 yr olds are sleeping with their heads on the dining trays so every time they move, so do we. All told, maybe two full hours of sleep.

Saturday August 10th, 2013 noon
Got through customs, waited for a while for the bags, grabbed some euros from an ATM and found a nice agent at the train to help us get a 3day metro pass and two RER passes from airport to Paris. The three day metro pass is really worth it because we’ve been on and off the metros a lot already.

Got to the apartment in the Latin quarter, lovely place with an amazing view and right down the block from the Jardin de Plantes. We went for a walk with Jason and Joe to stretch our legs and hang out. Beautiful place and we only got a short time walking around. Hopped on the metro and went to the Musee Cluny, its a medieval museum. Lots of tapestries, carvings (stone and wood), and stained glass it was a wonderful trip and lots of stuff to see. Stopped and got a coffee and croissant and headed back to the apt for dinner. Jason made mussels, turbot, squash Nd crab claws, it was amazing.

Polished off dinner and had a second nap beforehand made the night boat for a tour up and down the Seine. Really beautiful stuff, nice time with Fae. I highly recommend going on the bateaux mouches tour. Lots of bridges, and beautiful architecture with my best friend. Yeah, it’s nice that the kids are home:)

Sunday August 11th, 2013 7:30am
Maaaaaan…..yeah. Woke up early to jump on the metro to go see the catacombs. Recommendation:get to the catacombs EARLY. We got there before 9 and we had about 8 people in front of us. It opens at 10 and by the time they started letting people in, the line was around the block and up the next street. Amazing stuff to see, miles of bones and lots of low ceilings so watch your head if you’re over six feet.

Came back for lunch and a bit of a rest and went to Musee D’Orsay. Beautiful place, lots of impressionist paintings my Manet, Monet, Sissely, Degas, Cezanne, and Renoir. Really beautiful collection to view. Walked around for a little while longer and came back. We were planning on going to the Rodan museum, but it was already a long day so we came home. Jason cooked duck for the first time and it was amazing. Apricot reduction on top, asparagus and cooked avocado halves. I’m still full. It’s about 9:30 now and we’re all relaxing in the apartment. Might go to bed soon because I’m still pretty knackered plus today was full of walking.

I have to say, pictures don’t even begin to explain the expanse and grandeur of some of these places. Walking along the Seine, there is so much to see, I can see how people come back year after year and see different stuff all the time.

Ill update more tomorrow. We’re planning on going to Pere Lachaise cemetery, Sacre Couer and Monmartre,and the Grand Opera. We’re going to try to stop at a few gluten free places we found to see if i can get some yummy French treats:)