Sunday, October 3, 2010
October 3, 2010—“Le Tour de Paris”
We began the day with an eight hour flight from Atlanta, GA to Paris, France. At 4:00 a.m., the cabin lights came on and we were served our first breakfast. We touched down almost an hour ahead of schedule, at about 5:15 a.m. For the most part, the flight was uneventful until we landed at the airport in Paris. Up to this point all had gone smoothly. We exited the plane and went to claim our baggage where we waited for about 20 minutes for just a few of our bags. After that we began to worry. Another 30 minutes went by with no sign of our baggage. Finally, someone told us that our bags had been delivered to a different baggage claim but that they were on the way. All bags were finally accounted for after an hour!
After our fun at the baggage claim, it was time for breakfast number two, which was at our hotel in Roissy, a couple minutes away from the airport. Then we began our four hour window bus tour of the beautiful city of Paris. It was a great experience to be able to see all the different buildings and architecture that is found here, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Louve. We also travelled down the cobblestone road that led to the Arc de Triumph where the WWII veterans marched triumphantly through town in August, 1944. It was pretty amazing to see WWII bullet holes in many of the buildings that are still in use today. The hardest part of the day was towards the end of our bus tour when we were all struggling to stay awake. Tomorrow we are on the road to Normandy.