Dungarvan to Notre Dame
Sun 4 Apr 2010
Our week long trip to Paris began early Sunday morning. We all piled onto a bus headed to the cork airport and tried to stay awake. When we got to the airport and made our way through security we still had a long wait until we could board, so we perused the duty free shop. When we were finally able to board a few of us had to change seats because the plane was pretty empty. We landed in Paris and waited for people to get their checked bags. The bus we had to our hotel apparently came with a tour guide, and she talked the whole trip.
We had some time to settle into our rooms. They were pretty small, and the beds were super close together. Cherie and I joked that we would end up cuddling in the middle of the night because we were so close.
We gathered in the lobby and headed to the closest metro station that would take us into the city. The Paris metro is pretty crazy, and being in a big group just made it crazier! We finally made it to our destination: The Eiffel Tour. After taking a ridiculous number of pictures we got in line to go up to the top. The wait was pretty long, but totally worth it! We got up to the second floor, which is the middle of the tower, and took pictures before getting in line to go to the top. There are two levels at the top. The first is surrounded by glass, the second is only a wire grate. By the time we got up the sun was starting to set so we got some really great pictures. The view was just spectacular!
We got back down to the bottom and got our first of many crepes for dinner before we had to meet. I got ham and cheese and it was delicious. After the sun went down the Eiffel tour started Sparkling! We watched for a while then we walked all the way down the River Seine. It was beautiful with all the bridges lit up! Our final destination was Notre Dame Cathedral. I couldn't wait to see it in the sunlight.