9.24.2011

Day 11-Paris

Today was the day for Paris.  SO glad we went.  We left London around 7 in the morning, almost missed our train, and arrived in Paris around 10.  One thing we learned while in Paris, they don't believe in public toilets.  IF they do have public toilets, they charge you to use it.  More on that later.

So we arrived around 10 and started our walk around the city almost immediately.  I had to get some coffee first.  One of our first photo ops was at Square de Montholon.  It's just a cute little park, like they have over there, with a beautiful statue.


We then stopped by Eglise Saint-Augustine de Paris (Church Saint Augustine of Paris).




Isn't it beautiful!?!

We then tried to head down Avenue des Champs Elysees to see the Arc de Triomphe but unintentionally went a different way which still landed us at the Arc de Triomphe which is really all that matters.

 


From there we saw the Gardens of Trocadero (Jardin du Trocadero), the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid (Musee du Louvre which we lovingly refer to now as the MOOSE du LUVE! Or in English, the Moose of Love. LOL!!!!), and Notre Dame Cathedral.  There are lots more pictures so just here. :)



Look at the stud I found again.





Kyle said, "I thought it would be bigger.  Epic fail." 
Joking! He's next to one of the small ones.

 


We enjoyed lunch at L'Obligado after we saw the Arc de Triomphe and they were very nice to us since we hardly spoke French.  We took advantage of the toilets there.  Since we were patrons we figured there would be toilets to use.  So I walk down to the toilets and there is one vanity and three stalls, two with doors.  The first door is marked for women and has a coin slot to use the toilet.  The second one has a door marked for men with a regular toilet, no coin slot, and the third stall has no door and a urinal.  What the....?!  So the women have to pay to use the toilet and possibly watch the guys use the urinal?!  I'm sure the authorities will come after me because I took advantage of the fact that the guy stall with the door did not have a coin slot and did my business as fast as I could before anyone else came around.  Whew!

Anyway, very weird.  After lunch we saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, a bunch of other stuff, and Notre Dame.  The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, the day we were there, which was a good thing because we likely would have spent the entire day looking through there had it been opened.  The great thing about Paris, ignoring the fact that you can't find a public toilet, is that every corner you turn there is something beautiful there!  I like how Julia put it.  The French don't really care what they do or how they do it as long as they look good doing it and its so true!  The city is so beautiful.  We're so glad we went.

Part of the fun about running in to random statues and monuments and whatnot is that you have no idea what you're looking at but it sure is gorgeous.  We would take a picture, then one of us would say to the other, "What is it?"  The other would reply, "The Monument."  Remember The Monument in London? (For a refresher check out If You Don't Have An iPhone, You Don't Have An iPhone.

We got back to our hotel in London around 11 and got to Skype with the kids and my parents.  It was great to see them for a bit.  I forget how hilarious they are sometimes.

Only 3 more days of Holiday then its back to the real world.

To see all our Paris pictures (we took just shy of 200) check out the Facebook album.

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