Paris – day 1

day 38 (10/9)
Paris. we woke up early and a 1 hour drive later put us at the big airport in Paris where we turned in the car we’d bought and Renault bought it back. fantastic program. we somehow fit out bags in a cab and rode to our hotel and our room was already ready. whew. my mom and Bill arrived about an hour later from the same airport and their cab ride was 20 Euros more. hmmm. anyway, we had a quick lunch nearby (we’re near the Opera something or other — pretty good location) and then we figured out how to get metro passes for 5 days (6 days wasn’t an option). we were able to take 1 train and hop off just above the Eiffel Tower . . . a short walk later and we were at the Eiffel Tower and in line to go up. the wait was very brief and we started up the tower. wow! i had no idea just how tall the Eiffel Tower really is. i’ve seen photos, but actually seeing it just blew me away. the kids both enjoyed riding up and seeing EVERYTHING from way up high. and to think, this was just day 1 in Paris and we’re here for 6 total days — our longest in any 1 destination. fun times ahead . . .