Destination 1 -July 1st
01.07.2012 - 03.07.2012
i departed from Toronto (YYZ) early morning July 1st and arrived In Paris, France (CDG) 9 and a half hours later just past 5pm. The flight cost just 297$ dollars but the tax itself was another 254$. The total cost ending up being just around $550. It was 6015 kilometers long
The first thing i decided was neccessary to do was to find my hotel and check in before i went out to explore. i grabbed the quickest cab to take me to the Premiere Classe and the cab driver took me straight there. The currency for the euro is the is 1 dollar to 0.7796 euros. I got to the hotel and it wasnt to bad for what i was paying (29 euros a night) so i was really hadnt expected much. Im happy with a roof over my head and i dont really care about the condition because im going to be in and out constantly.
After I had checked in, I had showered, than realized how exausted i am. Though i still hadnt eaten dinner so i just went out quick and stopped at a small cafe close to my hotel. I had grabbed just a sandwich but it still cost more than expected. Man, Europe is going to keep taking my money.
The Next morning i had woke up early grabbed a croissant from the same little cafe and on my way, i left with my map in one hand and a cappuccino in the other. By foot i started to enjoy the culture, looking around to see everyone dressed to the nines. I felt a little under dressed if i do say so myself.
The first place i visited was the Arc of Triumph, I got a good history lesson there from a local which was quite interesting although he had not spoken much english, it was bearable though and i had a great experience.From there i had gone to see the Place de la Concorde, a statue built in celebration of the recovery of a sick king. Around it were multiple statues and fountains that contained so many stories. All i could think about as i was there was the eiffel tower i could see in the distance, it was breath taking but i had to wait. I was waiting until the sun had set to witness the eiffel tower because I had heard the tower looks magical when it is lit up at night. As i watched the sun set from the cab as he drove me towards the eiffel tower my heart was racing and the excitment became over whelming. As i ran out of the cab towards the eiffel tower it lit up and it had taken my breath away. It was magnificant, i had met a local man under the eiffel tower who had decided to acompany me as i enjoyed the view. We shared champaigne than he had escorted me back to my hotel.
I had went to bed early to prepare myself for another long day.
I had woken up early because, well, to sleep in france is dumb, sleep is for the dead. I had gotten dressed in clothing a little more suitable and headed out. I decided that since i had seen a great amount of famous monuments and statues in my first day i'd relax a little today. I had went to the bakery picked up some fresh bread, meats and cheeses and walked over to the Parc Monceau. It was a park with locals and tourists just enjoying nature at its finest and taking in the beauty. I made my self a sandwich with the food a purchased, took a seat on the grass and relaxed. But not so fast, right after i had finished eating i had got up and made my way towards the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral was beautiful, It had free entrance and trust me, there wasnt much in france that was free. i had actually just made it in time to attend a mass offering. Though the mass was in French I didnt mind, truly i was too focused in on the structure and the size of this church. After i left i was walking down the street stopping in stores to look for a souvineer but i had realized that if i were to stay here much longer i would go broke, so i purchased a small magnet and was on my way. I headed back to the hotel and packed up all my stuff. I had to get out of Paris by tonight so i could make it to Germany in time.
I'll write again soon, bye