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Todd’s Travel Diary

Monday, 13 Aug 2007

Location: Paris, France

MapWell...this will be my last entry.
Paris is great. So many beautiful sites and places to see.
Let me backtrack a little.

I left Florenze aboard an overnight train for Nice. In my cabin was a Canadian guy. His first worlds were something like, "Thank goodness someone normal." If he considers me normal...he's had some adventures. We start talking and get interupted my two girls staying next to us on the train. The one was way drunk and smelled really bad. The other was friendly and not drunk. They stayed in our cabin/entrance way for about an hour talking and telling stories. At about 1 am, they decided it was time to go to bed. Thank goodness!

The next morning as we arrive in Nice, we say our good byes and head off. Mind you...I have no guide book or idea of what to do. I was hoping to keep my bags at the train station and wander down to the beech. The train station did not have a baggage check, but thank goodness I found a hostel that would allow you to check baggage for the day. I was catching a train that night for Paris so all I really wanted to do was relax. I headed down to the beach and ran into the Canadian guy. We chatted and decided to hop on this little train that takes you around town. Not a bad way to see the city. The rest of the day was spent relaxing on the beeah and catching up on my fadding tan:-)

I boarded my train that night and headed for Paris!!!! I arrived the next morning around 8am. Headed for my hotel and had a hell of a time finding it. They were ready for me to check in so they sent me to their sister hotel that had a room for me. I've stayed there since. After finaly checking in, I headed for the Louvre. I can't believe how masive that place it!! I headed staright to see Mona Lisa and then ventured four hours looking at all the other fine pieces of art and sculpture. (The Winged Victory of Samothrace, Psyche and Cupid, Aphrodite known as Venus de Milo, and the Lacemaker to name a few famous ones!)
Off to Arc de Triomphe and Des Champs Elysses. Another awe inspiring site. After enjoying seeing a relighting ceremony at the Arc (They have an tomb of the unknown soldier that has an eternal flame that gets relite every night at 6:30) I headed to finally find the Eiffel Tower. A pure thrill! I stayed around long enough to see it lite up at night and be thrilled by the entertainers nearby. I found my way to the minature Stature of Liberty, but was not too empressed. At this point, I had walked countless miles and was ready for bed.

The next morning (Sun) I ventured back off to climb the Eiffel Tower. You could go up all four legs of it, but only one offered climbing only. This line was much shorter than the others so I climbed the 700 steps to the second level. I thought about heading to the top, but for me the line was too long. So I enjoyed a nice cold beer on the Eiffel Tower. A big one at that. I had a good buzz going by time I walked down. Mind you this was still 11:30 in the morning. I walked to find Notre Dame. Along the walk I saw many other famous sights and beautiful places. At Notre Dame, I skipped the line and went in the out exit (The visit was free anyway and the line was much shorter). The church is more beautiful from the outside. Then again, nothing compares to St. Peter's in Rome.

This morning I saw the tomb of Napoleon's Tomb and walked around town some more. Today however, I decided to rely more on the public transportation to get me around. My legs and feet are killing me.

This has been one unforgettable trip. I can't believe the things I've seen and experienced. My budget was broke many weeks ago, but in the name of seeing everything, I'll find the money somewhere. C'est le vie!!!