VTT Postcard - Day 13 - Paris, France

Monday, May 2, 2011
"Tu veux venir avec moi à Paris?"

Don’t worry, I have no idea what I just said as well, hahaha….I used Google Translate to ask if you want to come with me to Paris?

Today was the day we made our long trek to the famous French capital. We left Lucerne very early as the drive was almost the whole day. We would arrive in Paris before sundown.

First up, we were taken to our hotel, the Ibis Hotel Paris Berthier Porte de Clichy, where we ate an early dinner so that we could paint the town red. After dinner, we were taken by our Contiki coach around Paris to give us an overview of where we could go and what attractions we could see.

It is true that wherever you are in Paris, you can see the Eiffel Tower. Everyone just went gaga when they caught a glimpse of the tower from our moving coach. Even from afar, the tower was magnificent. Since it was nighttime, the tower was even more stunning with all its lights on. TM gave us around 10 minutes to stop and go have our photo taken with the tower.
Eiffel Tower at night
Afterwards, we went back to the coach and proceeded with our driving tour. We got to see the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Hotel des Invalides and even took a drive through Champs Elysees, a prestigious avenue filled with luxurious shops.

Hotel des Invalides
Around 9pm we were taken on a 1-hour Seine River Cruise where we saw much the same things that we saw while we were on the coach drive. Oh, and we saw the Paris version of the Statue of Liberty.

The Eiffel Tower lit up with sparkling lights though around this time, almost looking like a giant Christmas tree. It apparently does the sparkling thing every hour for 5 minutes or so.

After the cruise, we went back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

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