Saturday, May 13, 2006

We Made It to Paris!!

We made it to Paris today around 16:00. We were scheduled to take an Air Berlin flight in the morning, but last night we were talking and decided we hate to fly. Airline employees are so rude and annoying these days. No matter if they just started their shift at the airport or if they just started their first flight of a new trip, they are all treating you as if you interrupted their peace and quiet time. (Sorry to all my friends that are airline friends, including ticket counter agents and flight attendants. I was even a flight attendant for three years and I have to say they are usually rude to customers due to burn out, but that's another post for another day.)
Back to the subject at hand, Paris and getting here today.

We took a train from Duesseldorf to Cologne to pick up a direct train to Paris on Thalys. It is a train company that is comprised of several different national railways. We booked first class and it was worth it. The slight difference in fare was more than worth it by the service provided by attentive, friendly train attendants. As well as the comfort provided by the extra wide seats that even reclined in such a way that you felt comfortable enough to fall asleep. The seatback and the seat itself reclined at the same time so you were cradled in comfort. We enjoyed a delicious South African cabernet from the mini bottles just like they serve you on the airplane. We even got a lunch after departing from Cologne. The meal was slightly smaller than the portions served on the airplane, but was still tasty.

We took the Metro from Paris Nord to our vacation apartment here in the historic center of Paris only 9 blocks from Notre Dame. After putting our bags into the apartment and getting situated we headed out the door for a walk. We wandered into Notre Dame just in time for mass. We only stayed for a short time and then walked back towards our apartment. We stopped by a supermarket by the name of Ed where we picked up some groceries and wine. We are now here drinking a good glass of red wine and the bottle only cost 1 Euro. Ed is located across the street from Centre Pompidou--a modern piece of architecture where the building is turned completely inside out. All of the brightly colored pipes are on the outside of the building rather than the inside.

Stay tuned for more updates and photos to follow....


Blogger J said...

Have a happy honeymoon, guys!

When I was there, I bought a three day museum card of some kind that included public transport and went to many of Paris' fantastic museums.

Also, if you're into classical music, Paris has a wonderful classical music museum.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

I have never or never will go to Paris, so I leave it to you to tell me what it is like. I like the store already. Ed

2:14 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

sounds fun! I've never heard of such service on a train but then again, I've only taken a few other trains outside of Switzerland including TGV which you still buy your own.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

yayayay, have fun!!!
The most romantic city on earth!
I cannot wait to see the pictures:)
xoxox kim

2:35 PM  

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