Thursday, July 29, 2010

Europe Trip Part 1: Paris

Robyn and I are currently on a tour of several countries with my cousin Natalie and her husband Sheldon.  We've had an awesome trip so far, here are a few of the highlights from the first few days.

Our plane left at 8 AM from SLC and landed in Frankfurt, Germany around 8 AM the next day. (Frankfurt is home base, because my aunt and uncle are living near there.)  It wasn’t a full 24 hours because they are 8 hours later, but we did kind of skip a night in there.  We slept a little on the plane, but it was as if we went for 48 hours with a few small naps.  That was a hardcore day, because when we landed we got in the car and drove to Paris.   We saw the Eiffel Tower and did a Seine river that first day.  We didn’t get to bed until 1:30 AM.  Yes, we are that hardcore.

That first night we ate at a stand on the Seine river across the street from the Eiffel Tower.  The food wasn’t that good, but the view was amazing.

We exchanged a boat load of money for Euros.  Euros look exactly like monopoly money.  But everyone here is fooled by the monopoly money because they let us buy stuff with it.

We hiked to the top of the tower at Notre Dame Cathedral.  I counted 387 stairs up.  (There were a few other stairs to the gift shop and to the bell tower, but it was 387 from the bottom to the top of the tower.)  We got some sweet pictures of gargoyles up there as well as an awesome view.  We also got a picture in front of the great bell.  I wanted to wait around to see if Quasimodo would eventually come out, but since they only ring that bell once a month we though the wait might be a little long. (Plus, Robyn thinks Quasimodo is fictional.  She’s so confused.)

We went to a Rodin museum and saw the thinker.  Naturally, we decided to take some time to think.

We were standing in front of the Arc De Triomphe.  I’m not sure why, but I suddenly started singing the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Sheldon, being the wise man that he is, naturally joined in.  It’s possible that we were the first people ever to sing the Fresh Prince theme song from start to finish in front of the Arc de Triomphe

That covers the first couple days of Paris.  I'll keep you updated on the rest of the awesomeness later.


  1. WAAAAAYYYY fun! Enjoy every minute and keep us posted.

  2. So cool! I hope you ate some good Crepes in Paris. I can't wait to hear about all the fun of the trip.

  3. I'm glad you are having so much fun. So, since you've been gone I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and she said, "You're moving with your auntie and uncle in Belaire."

  4. Looooove you singing Fresh Prince in Europe. That makes me sooo happy!

  5. Paris! You should go to the Pompidou for me.

  6. It has been amazing! Thanks for spoiling me a little in Europe.

  7. I think it makes more sense to have your money multi-colored instead of having them all be green. It would be way easier to find the bills you are looking for in your wallet or purse; instead of thumbing through and looking for the bill with the number you want, you just look for the bill with the color you need.

  8. Mike, I think that makes sense. Euros are also differents sizes in addition to being different colors. The bills of bigger value are literally bigger. So it's kind of cool. But they still look like monopoly money to me.

  9. So glad they let you buy things with monopoly money. I could have sent a bunch with you out of my game! It sounds absolutely wonderful!!


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