Day 2: Today we woke up feeling much better. We stopped and prayed this morning, and then discussed both the blunders and blessings of yesterday. We decided to start with a clean slate and have a good time. That would be easy of course, because today we went to Paris. This was the day we set aside for "touristy" things.
We began with a brisk walk from the hotel to the train station. The gentleman at the counter was very polite and helped us get the tickets we needed to get to Paris and back. Once we maid our way outside to the track, we double checked with a young lady to make sure we were headed for Paris. We had been told worrisome things about people's manners on the metro systems in and around Paris. This same young lady got up from her seat later on the ride and came to make sure we knew what exit to get off, and then used hand signals to tell us where to go next in order to get to the Eiffel Tower. Thankfully, we had Google Maps with us, but we appreciated the courtesy she showed us. Perhaps those rumors are untrue, or perhaps it's just because it's Saturday. Lol.
The Paris we experienced today was everything we could have dreamed it to be (besides the wet and dreary weather). We don't feel called to work in Paris, but it is definitely a place to which we want to return with the kiddos. There's so much to say about all of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Paris, but I'll just share some photos and tell you where we walked. We walked from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum; from the Louvre to Notre Dame; and then from Notre Dame to the nearest metro. Then, when we finally found our way back to the correct Metro train line, the train skipped our stop and let us out two stops later. We were told in plain English, "This is the last stop...Get off." We walked another 45 minutes before finally returning to our hotel. I looked it up. Just in travel time from one site to another, we walked over 15 miles today. Did I mention that we also climbed the stairs at the Eiffel Tower and walked four two hours around the Louvre Museum?
Even with all the walking, today was incredible. It wasn't really a spiritual day, but we feel like we got a taste of the public transportation system, along with a feel for the pace of Paris. A word to the wise. If you ever visit the Eiffel Tower...Take the Elevator!