I was prepared for the 10 hours of plane flight, but Kathy was not. In case you missed it, it was a surprise. She found out when we checked our bags in in Atlanta. The ensuing celebration among Kathy and the two women working the check-in counter resulted in five drink coupons for the flight. Very nice, indeed.
The flight to Cincinnati sucked. The plane was an Airbus (read: European) A319. We sat near the back and it smelled like pee. Literally, smelled like pee. And I swear the plane fish-tailed the whole way to Cincinnati. Yuck.
The flight to Paris was much, much better. A massive, wide-body Boeing (read: American) 767. We actually had a small amount to stretch out. In flight entertainment was decent with The Dilemma (Vince Vaughan) and How Do You Know (Reese Witherspoon). Bad husband John couldn’t figure out how to get the gluten free meal on the plane, so Kathy braved it and only suffered a small stomach ache. She slept, I did not. Smooth, smooth flight. Hard landing and voila! We are in Paris.
We caught a cab (another moment of poor planning on my part) which cost us nearly $90 to get to the hotel. Here’s some photos of the ride from the airport to the hotel. If I look sleepy, it’s cause I am. By the way, that’s me next to the smokin’ hot lady, in case you didn’t know.
When we got to the hotel it was 8 in the morning (which is, like, 2 in the morning in Atlanta). So… our room wasn’t ready. So, we went to a small cafe and had some over priced coffee and an omelet. Very tasty, very expensive (if I didn’t complain about how expensive it was, you would think something was wrong with me, right?).
After a brief breakfast, we went for a walk up the streets. The footwear was not appropriate, and eventually we got some blisters. But, we did get to hang at the Arc De Triomphe for awhile. Ten brownie points for whoever can give me a brief history of the Arc De Triomphe in a comment post to this blog.
Photos of the Arc and us at the Arc:
After the trip to the Arc our feet were blistered from walking in sandals, so we headed to the hotel lobby where Kathy crashed and slept for a couple of hours and I finished watching Little Fockers which I had rented for the trip. On the way back we passed a bakery (OMg, the smell was awesome) and I was instructed by Kathy to take this photo.
We checked in the hotel at noon local time and I proceeded to sleep until 7 tonight.After waking, the concierge pointed us to a French restaurant about a block away. It was fabulous. We have taken photos of all the food, because we know that some of you are interested in the cuisine.
Did you know that you can just rent a bike on the side of the road here in Paris??
After dinner, we walked up to see the Arc at night time – and headed back to the room to crash.
All in all, a great first day! Tomorrow on the agenda is the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. More pictures then.
Tell the kids we said hi and that we love them – and thanks so much Lesli for keeping them the last couple of days. We love you and your family too – and are very thankful to them.