Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Sweet City of Paris!

On Sunday, we took the RER train from Disneyland Paris into the city. It was  €7.30 per ticket and about a 45 minute train ride to the central metro station where we changed trains and rode just one stop to the Latin Quarter/St. Germain de Arts district where we would be staying (we were pretty much between the two). It was a great location. Just a 5 minute walk to Notre Dame and under 15 minutes to the Louvre, the Orsay, and St. Sulspice. We were near TONS of restuarants and food stands. So the first thing we did was find the apartment, drop off our luggage, enjoy a Starbucks Frappachino and then we went off to explore. Exploring led to a crepe stand were we had to indulge...no one in our family had eaten a crepe before and we ALL loved them. 

From there we continued on our expedition to the Siene River. It is a gorgeous river with plenty of boats to ride on and bridges to see.

From the river, we headed toward Notre Dame.
The kids had read several books and watched a few shows on Netflix/iTunes about Paris and Logan was very excited to discover St. Denis carved into the church...he is the Saint who is holding his head in his hands.
Paris has parks everywhere! The kids enjoyed playing at this one, right next to Notre Dame.

On the left bank near the church, you will find Shakesphere and Co. It's this amazing hole in the wall bookstore that used to let poor struggling artists crash there are night. Just an amazing piece of history that I was very excited to check out.
The Metro stations are everywhere and have a few different looks. This is the one nearest Notre Dame, in the Latin Quarter.
That night we went out to dinner at a french restuarant near our house. Ron ate a tremendous amout of seafood, I had a beef fondue meal that was definitely new and different from anything else I have ever tried. We met the sweetest couple from London and ended up staying at the restuarant for over 2 hours before walking back to the apartment. All in all, a wonderful introduction to the city on our first day.

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