Day 1: Gypsy Hunting

As soon as we arrived in Paris and got our metro tickets my friend was robbed by a gypsy. They came up to her with “help the deaf babies” papers and all attacked her at once grabbing her attention so they could steal her wallet out of her purse right under her. We spend the next two hours in the train’s police station gypsy hunting. We quickly learned the only thing the French hate more than Americans are gypsies. They refused to even try to talk to us until I started yelling gypsies. Then they tried to understand my friend’s broken french and watch the video tape. They brought in 6 gypsies total with no luck. Trust no one who tries to talk to you or you will spend your first two hours in Paris gypsy hunting with the police.

On a side note getting a metro ticket right off the train is pretty vital. Paris is really big so you do have to take the metro everywhere (unless you have the kind of money for taxis…). You can get a 3 day pass for 24 euros. We found it to be more than worth it by the end of the three days.

After that we went to our hotel: Eiffel Villa Garibaldi. It was a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower back in a less tourist section. It was perfect. And there was construction going on during the day so despite fashion week we got incredible prices.

Obviously first thing was first, go see the Eiffel Tower.

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After that we walked along the Seine past the Chaillet Palace, Hotel Des Invalides, Musee de L’aarmee, and ate crepes over the Port Alexander III bridge to the Grand Palace and the other next door palaces. There are a few other pretty sites along the way but I’m not so sure what they are..

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First Crepe

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Winston Churchill

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The Grand Palace and surrounding ones hold a lot of the fashion shows apparently. We found this by our own research. While we were passing we saw people running around with pamphlets and security all over. It looked so important, but unfortunately we didn’t see anyone we knew to be important.

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