100% New Zealand?
10.10.2007 - 12.10.2007
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We both fell in love. With Paris, with Pan o Chocolat and every French man that stepped on the metro. We arrived in Paris late Wednesday night and stepped out to have a few glasses of wine at a local bar. Woke up feeling ambitious and took a free tour (our third so far). Had Pan o Chocolat and espresso for breakfast and started our day at St Michal fountain. Saw Notre Dame, the Seine, the Opera House, Champs Elysees, and the Arc de Triomphe before heading over to go up the Eiffel Tower.
We were both a bit disappointed to see that they had strung a large inflatable rugby ball for the world cup in the middle of the tower making it look like a chicken straddling an egg. Also, there was an even larger inflatable rugby ball on the grass in front of the Tower with 100% New Zealand written on it. It just seemed a bit unpatriotic, would the states ever allow the Statue of Liberty to have a banner with Canada written on it?
Bought crepes by Notre Dame and headed to Sacre Coeur to see the Paris skyline at night. After buying a few cheap cartons of wine, bread and some cheese we sat on the steps and watched the street performers with the view of Paris in the background.
Headed over to see the Eiffel Tower glitter at night just after our second crepe of the day. After walking 12 hours this day, we called it a night
Second day in Paris consisted of about the same amount of crepes but a bit more art. Stopped into the Louvre in the morning. Both noticed an unusual amount of very tall women in the building and suddenly realized we were outside a fashion show...of course, this is Paris. Had coffee on the Champs Elysees and walked through Notre Dame. Very lucky to see the crown of thorns which is displayed on the first Friday of every month. Caught our "cheap" flight to Barcelona, which we did not realize left from way outside Paris only to arrive way outside Barcelona. Were happy to meet Eric Donovan, Sarah's friend from high school, at his place. Nice to walk around barefoot and not worry about what diseases we might be catching.