Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So...there's lots about the past 4 days in Grindelwald I haven't mentioned. And among the trips to the Junfraujoch, the rodelbahn, and endless verses of "The Hills Are Alive" running through my head, there were some amazing sights and hikes. New acquaintances, and delicious breakfasts. And an upgrade to the best suite in the hotel. But with only a hardline connection and mom trying to Six Sigma her life before her subscription expires (plus her new facebook connections) it's hard to find the time and the internet.
Anyways, we arrived in Paris after a 2 hour flight from Zurich and a two hour wait in the AirFrance baggage claim. Maybe not two hours, but since it's Bastille Day, a national holiday, the stewardess informed us baggage claim..."could take a while". On the plus side, the dreary rain as we touched down started clearing up almost immediately upon arrival. We told the guy sitting next to us on the plane (a sweet French man who recommended an ice cream shop, and a spot to watch the fireworks tonight) that we had brought the sunshine and it would clear up soon, and it certainly did. Now the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Hopefully by tonight everything will be dry and we can have a great celebratory Bastille Day! Anyways, we're both starving, and the only things I've seen yet are shots of monuments from our taxi. You know you picked a good hotel when you have to drive by all the great sights to get there - The Champs Elysee & Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, the Tuileries, and the Place de Concourd where the Bastille Day celebration is all set up. We're in the 6th Arrondesment, right between St. Germain and the Seine. So of course dinner tonight needs to be at - Le Deux Magots, mom's favorite restaurant in the city, and right down the street from our hotel. We're staying at a sweet little hotel - De I'Academie Saint Germain, and although it looks worn and is small, it's a beautifully decorated place. With antique fixtures, beautiful vanity and desks, and a surprisingly big bathroom, which is a BIG plus.