Sunday, August 09, 2009

European Adventure Part 2

I left this series off here after my first day in Paris. Day 2 in Paris was pretty close to perfect. Wait, the entire trip was perfect. I was able to sleep in. I woke up and wandered over to the Eiffel Tower. I decided since I had never climbed the stairs this would be my turn. I walked to the second stage. All 670 steps.


I checked out the sites from above:



Took a self portrait:


And I was on my way back down for a nice walk around the Parc du Champ de Mars.




I headed back to the hotel to shower and then headed out on a good 3 mile+ walk to the Luxembourg Gardens where I took a nice nap and read a book, and just people watched for a few hours.


I headed back to the hotel, this time by Metro to meet Alethea for dinner. We ate at nearby pizza place and spent the evening around the Eiffel Tower. And of course I had to have a Nutella Crepe.

Went to bed pretty early because the next day Alethea and I went on our bike tour to Giverny. We met up with the bike group at a train station and we settled in to our one hour train ride. The train actually took us to Vernon where we picked up lunch and our bikes. It was hot this day. Really hot and I wore jeans...

Lunch on the Seine. A lunch where I polished off a bottle of wine pretty much on my own and then had to ride a bike...

On the way to Giverny


The Ponds and Gardens






My bike for the day


There really are no words to describe what I saw. It was simply beautiful. I would love to go back during another season to see other flowers in bloom.

Our day came to a close around 3 PM and we headed back to Paris on the train.

1 comment:

24 Months to Monaco said...

Hey! I found your blog through Chronicles of a Late Bloomer. I love it!

Do you want to hear something crazy? I have been to Paris FIVE TIMES, and I have never done these two things--never gone up the Eiffel Tower, and somehow I never make it to Giverny. Your post totally makes me wish I had, though! (Well, maybe not climbing the Eiffel Tower--sweaty!) Awesome!