We arrived in Paris on time and with no hassles. There was an interesting wrinkle before we deplaned, when everyone had to fill out a slip of paper with their particulars, including where they were staying. Why? In order to contact us if necessary regarding the h1n1 (swine) flu situation.

The ride in from the airport was a little slow due to traffic, but the taxi fare was under 50 euros; given Sheryl’s condition, it was worth it to get a direct ride to our hotel, where we arrived around 11:30.

After checking in, we were told the room would be ready in about 90 minutes. We were going to go for stroll around the neighborhood but quickly realized sitting in the lobby would take all of our remaining energy.

We were quite pleased when they announced our room was ready within 1/2 hour.

After unpacking and resting for a couple of hours, we hit the 38 bus and headed towards the Seine. Along the way we met an American who lives near where we are staying; it’s his retirement home.

I also found an SFR store and was able to buy a SIM so that my old, unlocked Motorola phone would work. Hard to believe how attached we get to these things!

We eventually reached the river Seine, and stopped for a while to sightsee and take photos.

We were pretty tired and took the easy option for supper, choosing to eat at the place that’s attached to our hotel. I make a better French Onion soup if I do say so myself, but the pasta with ham and peas was very good!

And here are a few pictures from our first day in Paris (more on Flickr):

Paris 2009

Paris 2009

Paris 2009

Paris 2009

Paris 2009

Paris 2009

Paris 2009