We arrived in Paris from Nice on the train (TVG train) at 11.30pm after a 51/2 hours on the most comfortable train I have ever been on. The countryside was very beautiful and as it didn’t get dark until nine we saw more than we expected. Paris is terrific we walked for miles on our first day from our hotel (near Sacré Coeur Catholic basilica) to the Arc de Triomphe. The monument was so much bigger than I expected and the roundabout is crazy. Driving would be a risky business at the best of times. Cutting drivers off is no problem ….the more cars you can cut off the better driver you are, it seems.
We boarded the Hop on Hop off bus and spent the rest of the day on the bus. This was a good opportunity to get our bearings and decide on what to do on day 2. We had a late lunch and didn’t need dinner. No Escargot or frogs legs but I did have the best French Onion soup ever(leaves my version for dead, maybe I can recreate at home). Our hotel is very comfortable and the staff are helpful and friendly. Couldn’t swing a cat in the breakfast room but food was good and worth lining up for.