The first place on Travel Team 360's journey around France is Sharon's favorite city, Paris, which she recently visited with Travel Team 360 "official friend" Cindy! In order to get quickly adjusted both to the new time zone and the city itself, we recommend walking over to Le Musee Rodin, one of our favorite museums anywhere in the world. It is lovely, personable, and easy to see in 2 hours. You can see sculpture at its finest -
and it is only a 15 minute walk from there to the Eiffel Tower. There
is a wonderful cafe in the gardens, and if you look carefully you will
find many of Rodin's famous sculptures hiding between the trees. Of course, don't forget the most important thing on any trip - posing with statues! Keep an eye our for interesting recreations as our trip through Paris continues...
After visiting the Rodin Museum, stroll over to Le Tour Eiffel - it is THE thing to do when arrive in Paris. You get a great view of the whole
area and you really know that you are not in Kansas anymore! You can choose to walk up the stairs, but really, take the elevator - as long as you don't get vertigo - they are glass and you can see up...and down! But you will get a great view of the city as you go. Stop at all the levels and notice the changing perspective of town. Plus, the tower itself is so big you can even find the shadow it makes across the city!
Stay tuned for photos and information from the rest of our insanely intense week long walking tour of Paris - 65 miles in 6 days! Sights and stories will include the magnificent Pantheon, a lovely evening cruise along the Seine river, the Louvre, Saint Chapelle, what to do when it is 15 degrees warmer than predicted, and of course, Notre Dame.
We have to express our happiness with the Le Meridien Montparnasse, the wonderful Starwood hotel in the 14th arrondissement where we stayed for the week. The beds were great, the air conditioning worked perfectly, the bathroom and closet were big enough for two women's clothing and hair products. The hotel is located across the street from where the Air France shuttle bus from Charles de Gaulle stops (very convenient and much cheaper than a taxi), and there is a great little grocery store next to the hotel where we stocked up on water and fruit. In addition, there are metro and train stops on several lines within a few block walk, and many fabulous bakeries to get your morning croissant.
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