Paris is a great city. That being said, while I like it, I can’t say I love it. Maybe it’s that everyone else seems to love it so much (along with Rome), while I just don’t find it quite as exciting as my favorite cities. It has everything you could ask for in a big city, though I just don’t connect with it in the same way I do with London, Vienna, Hong Kong, or Tokyo, just to name a few, even though I’ve visited a handful of times. With that in mind, I’ll keep this installment fairly short.
After breakfast at my hotel I met up with Matthew for a day of sightseeing. We met at my hotel and hit most of the “major” sights of Paris, of course while being distracted talking for most of the way.
We started by walking down the Champs Elysees, then towards the Opera, Madeleine, and then towards the Seine, past the Notre Dame and towards the Eiffel Tower. We stopped for lunch at a fairly empty cafe where I had a tomato and mozzarella salad (with excellent French bread, of course).
After several hours of walking he had another commitment, so I decided to walk towards Gare du Nord, as I was spending the night at the Hyatt Regency Charles de Gaulle Airport, given my early morning flight the next day. I ended up getting lost for literally several hours, so managed to do quite a bit of unintentional sightseeing in the area.
Anyway, in hopes of finally wrapping up this trip report, I’ll let the pictures below do most of the talking.