Arriving in Paris & My First Beer There (Paris 2008)


After an 8 hour trip with a car, I finally got to the airport, a few good hours before the airplane left, leaving me with a lot of time to kill on my hands. The big downside with living in a small town is the amount of time I have to spend in a car in order to get to an international airport. At the time, that was my only option, though these days there are some options that are closer.

After a 3 hour flight, a tasteless free meal, I finally got to Paris and got out of the plane and into the taxi station. The fare from CDG airport to our hotel, in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower, was 60 Euro and the ride took around half an hour. If you want to know how much it will cost you to get a cab from the airport to your hotel, use this site. An example would be a route from CDG to Champs Elysee, which according to the site would set you back 38.82 Euro. It’s obviously cheaper to get public transportation, but in some cases 2 or 3 people can pool up and get a cab for about the same price.

hotel-room-europe-hotel-parisWe got a twin room at the last floor, in a small hotel with a tiny elevator. The great thing about that room was that you could see the top half of the Eiffel tower from the window. The fact that it was the last floor and that the bathroom door was less than soundproof were forgiven quickly, especially at night, when I could see the light show from the Eiffel tower while sitting in bed.

Overall, I’d stay again in that hotel, even in the same room. The Internet was paid at the time unfortunately, so I didn’t spend a lot of time online while I was there.

first_day_parisWe checked in, had a shower and got out to see a bit of Paris before the day was over. Walked for 2 minutes and we decided we’d better stop, so we’ve tried our first beer in Paris in a nearby café. A quick tip here is to try drinking wine while you’re in Paris. We’ve kept trying different beers while we were there and our budget definitely didn’t thank us for it. At 6 to 10 Euro for a beer, you’re better off asking for a carafe of house wine when you’re in a restaurant.

As you can see from the pic, the view wasn’t that great, but I was in a foreign city for the first time, and it was Paris, so I was happy as hell.

After recharging with a cold glass of Leffe beer, we started walking again and headed for the closest attraction to our hotel, Eiffel tower. After taking the obligatory picture with it in the background, we kept going, leaving it for another day. We got to Les Invalides next, visiting Napoleon’s Tomb, the French Army Museum, Contemporary History Museum and a museum of military models.


Great first day overall. That night, I went to sleep happy, with the Eiffel Tower’s lights visible in the distance, and my travel bug had caught on. I’ve dreamed about travels ever since.

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