Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Productive in Paris- Day One
We arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport at around 7 a.m. local time and were at our Marriott hotel by 9. Our room would not be ready for a few hours. Though tired, we started to explore by foot the nearby area.
That is the case this trip (Alesia here on business) and I'm glad to be able to tag along. Our two sons will be joining us in the days ahead, so what a special time we will have together in such a beautiful, historic and exotic place!
Soon enough, I was seeing grand statues and distinctive French architecture.
Catacombs of Paris is a very popular attraction. Alesia convinced me that this was a great time for us to see it.
It doesn't open until 10 a.m. When we happened by it was around 9:30. The line was already forming and would get longer by the minute. We took our spot and waited. And waited. And waited.
It's not easy to be so patient when just off a very long flight and having been awake nearly 24 hours at this point.
According to Wikipedia, Paris has the world's largest ossuary, in both size (some 3 acres) and number (up to 6 million human remains).
Markers indicate where particular groups of bones came from and when they were put here, deep in the dark catacombs.
But the Catacombes De Paris are real. The stark efficiency of this process is a bit unnerving. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, this was how the public officials of Paris chose to deal with a growing problem and concern.
Long wait to get in, but worth it, in my view because this is not something one will see in too many places.
Taking in the atmosphere of Paris was enjoyable. I really liked this streetscape with the trees lined up as they are, with some apartment buildings in the background.
So we slept for a bit, unpacked some and were back on the street.
Destination: Eiffel Tower
The tower is named for Gustave Eiffel, an engineer whose company designed and built it.
It can be greatly enjoyed without going into it and up to the top of it.
We had enough of long lines on this day. So just seeing the tower and walking around the area on such a pleasant sunny day was perfect.
A very kind woman volunteered to take this photo of us, as she watched me setting up a selfie. Those are her two children in the background.
More posts to come!