My first day in Europe (Saturday), Gerry and I landed in Paris. Our friend Bethany was nice enough to let us sleep in her living room; when we got there, we found out that her apartment was right in the center of Paris, just a few blocks from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. It was great!
I made the wise choice of having a few (complimentary!) bottles of wine on the flight over and passing out. Gerry stayed awake the whole flight, so the first thing he did in Paris was fall asleep on Bethany's couch.
The first place we went once Gerry woke up was the Arc de Triomphe. It's really huge and impressive, much bigger than it looks here! That's Gerry again standing in front of it.
Here I am on top of the Arc with the Eiffel Tower in the background. You can see how huge the Eiffel tower is by the way that it maks the buildings around it look so tiny.
Here's the Champs-Elysées, seen from on top of the Arc de Triomphe. Bethany's apartment in about three blocks to the left along the street just before the red awning (you can just barely see the awning. It's over the sidewalk. That red thing in the road itself is a truck.)
After the Arc, we decided to just wander around a bit. This is one side of the Bridge of the Invalides. I liked the statues on top of the columns, too bad this picture is so blurry.
We finally found our way over to the Eiffel Tower. Like the Arc de Trimphe, it's much bigger than it looks here.
Here is a picture from under the Eiffel Tower, looking up. This day we didn't have enough time to actually go up the tower; the lines were way too long.
After this first day, we got a meal near the Tuileries, then went back to Bethany's. We thought maybe we would do more after dinner, but I fell asleep in the middle of a sentence. I must have been more tired than I thought, because I slept for 16 hours nonstop.
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