After a week in beautiful Bretagne right before Christmas, we started our way toward Germany. We got up at 5am, took our rental, and made the 6 hour drive to Paris. We checked into our hotel, the Ibis Paris Defense Courbevoie, and met up with Marco’s sister and her family. We exchanged early Christmas presents and decided to head to downtown Paris for the afternoon. The hotel was pretty ok (decent price, clean, nice people), but it was quite a way from the next metro station (maybe 10-15 minutes on foot). Luckily the rain didn’t start pouring until we got there! We took the metro straight to the Champs Elysees and had a late lunch in one of the cafes. We hung out, talked, and just caught up with each other. Very nice! We then left and took some rainy pictures of the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe (see below). We didn’t stay long though since it kept raining, raining, raining.
We ended up taking the metro to our dinner location, close to Le Chatelet, a little early and just hung out there in some cafes drinking tea/hot chocolate/coffee until it was dinner time. We found the restaurant Nadege had picked out for us and had a great dinner with her. So much fun to see old friends! And lucky for us she had found this deal where you only pay 50% for what you eat when you reserve your dinner through a specific website online. Way to go, girl! Anyways, we had a great time and then ended up taking a cab back to La Defense. It was about 25 Euros, but totally worth it as it was still pouring! The next morning we continued on to Germany. Short stop in Paris, but as always worth it 🙂
Update (2/7/11): On request, here are the details to the offer on how to eat out for cheap in Paris 🙂
Here are a few pics from our first stop on the Champs Elysees:
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