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My name is Lori. In August, 2014, I plan to hike the Camino de Santiago trail. Feel free to join me on my adventure by following me on this blog.

Friday, August 8, 2014

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.
I learned a good word today. Sortie. It means exit. It would have helped to know that the first time we were in the underground metro station, trying to find our way out. I love learning new things!
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.
Paul has been an excellent travel partner so far. We have gotten lots of practice walking here. The four of us went to the Eiffel Tower today, then walked to the Arc de Triomphe, and then to the Louvre.
Renate & Klaus chose a nap over walking through through the Louvre, Paul and I tackled it together. We spent about 3 hours in the museum and maybe saw 10% of it. It is hugely magnificent! It made me wish I had my Art History notes with me from college.
The most guarded piece, was the Mona Lisa. This is as close as I could get without being thrown out.
For some reason, I really love naked baby statues.
Everything was amazing!
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!


  1. Try Coquille St. Jacques or Boeuf Bourgignon...and the WINE!!! ;)

  2. Everything about this post makes me want to be in Paris right now!! Even the rain! OMG! Loving the pics! Please start describing the creme brûlée in detail!!! Or not... Or do... �� Love you sis! Be safe.

  3. I think the best part of traveling is the fact that you are always busy hurrying to the next tourist spot that you've always wanted to see. Though, sometimes it's nice to stop and enjoy the city too. To breathe in the beauty instead of trying catch it, right? Hahaha! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your trip as much as I want you to. Keep safe! :)

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