Sunday, February 28, 2016

Orient Express - Zurich to Paris

Trains got increasingly more expensive as we made our way across Europe, and while we'd already given up having a room on the penultimate leg, the trains were getting faster as well. I ended up having a nice time as we made our way to Paris because we'd stocked up on snacks before we left Zurich and treated ourselves to a delicious lunch during the journey. 




We had a few short transfers.


Arriving in Paris we were set to meet up with a friend. We got delayed, as I'd finally made a serious error in our arrangements; the hotel I'd reserved was actually in some random Parisian suburb and totally inconvenient for us. Our friend was nice enough to offer a place to stay for the night.


The next day we went to the train station and confirmed our booking for the Chunnel train: the Eurostar. That day, we walked around Paris. We'd been unable to find luggage lockers. This was one of those times we were glad to travel light. Normally, when you check out of a hotel you can leave your luggage at the hotel and do some sightseeing if you have the day free before you must make an onward trip. In this instance because of the snafu, we had no hotel and no place to leave the luggage. I never regret only having a messenger bag's worth of stuff.


That meant freedom to enjoy Paris.



It's a great city to explore on foot. I'd like to cruise around it on a bike one day.



The Arc de Triomphe doesn't disappoint, but there's no shortage of tourists on Champs-Élysées.


The folks are lined up, waiting to get into a store. 



I took a gander at the interesting display in the Toyota store, but we moved on from shopping.




It was a lovely day to enjoy the Eiffel Tower.


Everyone agrees, it's a great place for photos.


For me, a visit to Paris is not complete without at least one art museum. While I love Musee d'Orsay, this time we could only go to one and we of course went to the Louvre.





There are lots of amazing pieces of art as well as ancient artifacts on display.


One of my favorites is the Winged Victory of Samothrace.


Everyone jostles to get a photo of the famous Mona Lisa, which many have remarked is a bit small.





It's a gorgeous structure.



And it draws the crowds.


The Notre Dame Cathedral is another lovely place.



The sun was setting, literally on our time in Paris and we moved back to thew train station. We passed through a passport check, to the very uncomfortable seats (you face someone) and we made our way to London.


See the other legs here:













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