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In less than 24 hours, we traveled through 3 countries to arrive at our vacation destination of Paris! Our plane left O'Hare at 10 PM on Thursday night. We were at the airport in plenty of time, waited through the long security line (with a very friendly TSA agent who helped lighten the mood) and sat at the gate to await our flight. Left on time and had a very smooth flight. I think dinner was probably served an hour after we took off, but I was trying not to look at the clock. They served a rather delicious pot roast with mashed potatoes and carrots, a salad, warm roll and lemon square for dessert. It was a pretty good meal for being on an airplane. Our seats were in row 22, which was the last row in our section so no one behind to worry about when reclining the seats. Everytime I looked over, Renee and Matthew were sound asleep, which obviously meant that I was not. I think I slept some, but not very well and ended up watching a movie and trying to rest my eyes.
We arrived in Copenhagen where it was cloudy and cool. With
a short layover, we did not have time to take advantage of what sounded like great transportation to and from the city. Maybe on a longer flight! Anyway, they did not give us any customs forms or papers on the plane to fill out so we were unsure what would happen when we got off the plane. We followed the signs to head towards our next gate and discovered the passport control area. All they did was look at the passport, stamp it and send us through. So that was easy! The Copenhagen airport was like a mall. There were so many stores, from H&M to Victoria Secret to Starbucks. You could drop a lot of kroners in there! I will wait until our return flight to stop in a store and get my souvenir. We found our gate with no trouble and waited for our next short flight to Paris.
Last flight left a little late and we got in about 10 minutes late but it was another relatively smooth flight. This aircraft was not full so I shared my section of 3 with only one other person. We landed in Paris, got our bags, grabbed a quick sandwich and
waited for our bus into the city. The airport has these crazy moving sidewalks that look like they should be escalators and I have to get my camera out when we go back through. It was different! We took the AirFrance coach bus as it was the option that seemed the most reasonable and least hassle when trying to get into the city after a long day of traveling. The signs for the bus were very clear and we had to wait about a half hour. The ride in was uneventful. We had our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and then rounded a curve and the Arc de Triomphe was right in front of us, all lit up. Let me tell you, that street area around there is ridiculous and I don't know why anyone drives there. Cars going all directions with not a lot of order. Glad I was walking! A short walk later found us at our hotel.
The Hotel Kleber was our choice because it looked quite French from the pictures and was relatively inexpensive for the area. It so far does not disappoint. The shower is so fancy, and I am so tired, that I had
to call the front desk to ask how to turn the water on. I felt stupid. The bed is comfy, the room is quiet and Renee and Matthew are just across the way from me. There are 6 floors to the hotel and we are in rooms 601 and 602! Now to bed!
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