Sunday in Paris

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 IMG_0031tasty, 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:


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After the trip to the Arc our feet were blistered from walking in sandals, so IMG_0049 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.IMG_0051  It was fabulous.  We have taken photos of all the food, because we know that some of you are interested in the cuisine.



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Kathy had some kind of Salmon and Rice – while I had Seared Scallops with Provencal RisottoIMG_0056

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. IMG_0058

  1. Take good care of Kathy Lee! It looks like you have made GREAT memories already!

  2. Shea Bullard

    The best I remember from three years of French a long time ago is a tribute to those that fought in the war. It has tomb of the unknown soldier. That’s all I got. Giggle.

  3. Chris Parmer

    John, Not sure how long you are staying, but if you have the opportunity, find a tour to Versaille. The palace is awesome and y’all will love it. Make sure when you go to the Louvre you allow plenty of time, it’s big. Have fun, be safe, and be back for Elizabeth’s graduation.

  4. Lesli Richards

    Phoebe sweetie has been rocked to sleep…worked much better than last night…tonight Sarah let me in on the patented Kathy Lee shake/rock/pat routine. Voila…sleeping baby in no time flat! Mechelle picked up the boys. John Michael had fun counting the times Rebecca flipped her hair today (53). Those two thoroughly enjoyed torturing each other! :) I stuffed Henry full of chocolate chip cookies and am about to stuff him full of marshmallows as we have a bonfire.
    You’ll have to do some type of family detox/colon cleanse later. Don’t worry about the kids at all…they are having a great time! And all were dressed and got to church on time! Love to you. Joshua says he loves you and misses you. He says he’s “living the life!” Henry says I love you and I miss you and I want you to be safe there and have a great time.

  5. Well, “arc” is “arch” in not-English. So there was this war between arches and…let’s say dinosaurs. Apparently the arches won, because “triomphe” means “win” (also in not-English, but almost certainly in not-Japanese, too). To indicate that it was they who won, the arches built an arch (like a statue of a famous person, but in this case what looks like just an arch to us is actually a statue of their most badass warrior-arch). Some French humans came along later and buried some guy there whose name they had forgotten, and wrote some other guys’ names on it, and now they take credit for the arch–and you can’t blame them, since on the global scale of French victories they’ve got to take what they can get.

    But seriously, the arches beat the dinosaurs. How cool is that?

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