Hello from France, currently I'm on my third day of vacation, but since we took an overnight flight this is technically our second day here in Paris.
We arrived early Friday morning (around 7am Paris time, 1am Rhode Island time). We were exhausted when we landed- my mom and I both didn't sleep at all on the plane. Both my Papa and Vivian managed to get a little bit of sleep, but all four of us were definitely ready for a nap.
Our tour director, Jeff, picked up our little group and six other people as well. We all rode to our hotel, The Hyatt on our tour bus. Man, when we saw our hotel it was amazing!
The Hyatt is one of the few skyscrapers ever to be built in Paris. Our tour guide told us that once a few skyscrapers were built within the city limits, the Parisians complained so much about it that they stopped building them entirely. They definitely do not fit in to the theme of the city and are very much unlike the rest of the buildings around. However, our hotel has an amazing view and I am definitely excited we had the opportunity to stay here. In fact, we can see both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triumph from our window (we are only two of about six or so people who can actually see this from our room- we definitely got the best side of the hotel!)
The food here has been incredible so far, especially the chocolate crossiants! I have had three so far, and plan on stuffing my face with them tomorrow before we leave Paris. The one above is one we purchased at Paul's, a restaurant in the mall attached to our hotel. It was delicious =)
On our first night, we had a dinner cruise down the River Seine which was incredible. We boarded our boat right near the Eiffel Tower and cruised all the way down to the River and then back while we ate a delicious dinner.
We were given a three-course meal, beginning with an egg, tomato, and olive appetizer. I am not a huge fan of eggs, but I ate everything around it other then the olives. It was pretty good- not something I would usually order, but I definitely enjoyed it.
For our meal we were given potatoes and steak. The steak was cooked very rare, but it was good and the potatoes were incredible. The seasoning on the steak definitely made everything taste great.
Finally, for dessert, a slice of almond cake, strawberries and ice cream- delicious!
Then we were given some coffee, and enjoyed sipping it as we pulled back into port.
After dinner, we took a side trip nearby the Eiffel Tower so we could get some pictures. We stopped at Trocadero and spent some time taking photos in front of this amazing landmark.
Since the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well-known places in Paris I knew I needed to see it on this trip and was so excited!
When we got back to the hotel, we were able to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle. It twinkles every hour on the hour for about five minutes between 9pm and 1am. We managed to just catch it- amazing timing!
Then it was time to get a great nights sleep because there was another busy day ahead of us...
I will be back as soon as possible with another update- we are leaving for Normandy early tomorrow morning and I'm unsure if I will have internet there, but will post when I can!