Being in Paris for just two days, is a lot like being on the amazing race. However, we've decided that we would probably be in last place by now. Despite walking aimlessly several times, trying to find something that is right under our noses, we have been able to see a lot in the last 36 hrs.
Within a few hours of being in Paris, I got a great surprise. My friends Renate & Klaus, AKA, Turtle & Snail from my Appalachian Trail family had told me they had a friend who would be in Paris, so if I wanted to bring an extra suitcase with me, he would come get it and take it to them in Germany, as I will be visiting them after I complete my camino hike. Turns out, they tricked me, and they drove 10 hours to Paris to meet me. It has been wonderful to spend time with them here! Last evening, the three of us took a nice walk to Notre Dame. It's about 3 miles from our hostel. It gave us time to catch up.
It has been a very rainy day. We ultimately decided not to go back to the Eiffel Tower tonight to see it lit up, because we were ready to stay dry for the night. I guess I will have to visit again someday when it is not so gloomy.
Though we have been too busy to stop and eat much while we have been here, I have managed to get in a crepe, creme brûlée, and croissants. Yum! Comment if I need to get any other French-centric foods in. I think I will buy something with brie tomorrow.
Tomorrow, we will have a long day of travel by train and bus to St Jean Pied de Port. Our tickets are in French and we have 3 connections to make, so hopefully our amazing race skills have improved!