We were off again to my favorite place on earth... Paris! We had a 3 week grand adventure planned and it started with a week in Paris. The plan was to stay a week in Paris... meet up with some friends... and then off Dan and I would go to explore some more of France. On this trip we'll be ticking off another item on Dan's "Bucket List". Not sure when we will get to my own, but I'm having so much fun helping him with his... who cares!
This trip when we arrived Paris we decided to take the RER train into the city. It was VERY easy to do and less than half the cost of a taxi. If traffic is good, a taxi is quicker... but at 16 euros, this was a great way to get into Paris and we literally walked ONE block to our hotel. It was sunny when we arrived and I was ready to go!
This year we are meeting up with 2 couples in Paris. Paul and Sharon are flying in from Florida. We met them on a cruise last year and they are a BLAST to hang with. They are staying the entire week we are here. The other couple, Minda and Steve, we met in 2009 on Alex's Make A Wish trip. Since then, Minda and I have become really close. I couldn't wait to see her again. Minda and Steve were spending 6 of the 7 days with us. They will fly in tomorrow. I'll make sure Paris is ready for her :O) Also... one of the key things that shaped this trip was our wanting to visit our foreign exchange student and her family again. We learned that both girls would be in Paris on our arrival... and we would be staying with them and their family later on in the trip. This was a bonus to see them before we arrived their house later on in the trip. I couldn't wait to see Mathilde and Justine again. We were Mathilde's host family back in 2006 and since then we have gotten close with her twin sister Justine also.
We were meeting them both for dinner tonight! YAY!
Our first dinner in Paris is ALWAYS Relais de L'Entrecote in the 7th arrondisement. It's our favorite steak and fries place. The French twins love it also, so it was a win win. And happy hour is ALWAYS Les Deux Magots. It's expensive... it's touristy... but there's no better for watching the Parisians on parade. We love it there.
Ooooooh!!! It feels so good to be back where I belong! Paris is my fuzzy blanket.
Dan and I with Mathilde at Les Deux Magots
Dan's favorite crepe place... Nutella, of course!
Paul & Sharon feel the magic of Paris
The view outside our hotel room window