Seeing Delta and Northwest Air Lines have merged in April of 2008, Detroit became a very important hub allowing great access to the Asia markets and several European destinations. With Alessia wanting to see the Eiffel tower, we decided to travel to Paris in December 2013. This time we went through Detroit meaning no ShakeShack burgers. That’s quite alright since the Detroit airport is a great place for connecting flights.
We board the plane and like clockwork, Alessia does her preflight check and settles in. Enjoy all the amenities Delta offers and roughly 8 hours later, our adventure starts. First order of business was to walk along the Champs-Elysées avenue to see the Arc de Triomphe. Before we venture to these places I try to do some research as to what place in history does this location hold and what major events have happened. I’ve read that the Arc de Triomphe was built from an order given by Napoleon in the early 1800 to honor the french army called The Grande Armee. Apparently this army conquered most of Europe at the time.
Weather was a little brisk and the walking kept us warm. We continued to Notre Dame de Paris and Place de la Concorde. Like many European cities, the architecture is beautiful and for some reason, it seemed that many of the statues all had some gold accents to them.
For our midday break, we come across a café in the middle of some park area and order this delicious baguette with fresh cold cuts. For some reason, this simple sandwich seemed as gourmet as any 300$ dish in a high-end Manhattan restaurant. The setting couldn’t have been any better; sharing a great moment in a park in Paris with my daughter while taking in the air and admiring the scenery. We continue our walk towards the Pont des Arts. A bridge that crosses the Seine River and the side rails are filled with locks. Here many tourists place a lock and throw away the key in the river. Why not!
Next stop, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Although we could have seen the Tower from a distance, our walk felt like eternity. As we approached the Tower, it seemed to come to life. Huge structure but to be honest, it didn’t leave much of an impression. For me, it was one of those things that you simply tick off on your “to see” list and move on.
What’s a trip to Paris without seeing the Louvre. Walking around the area was full of architectural delights and although we missed the famous Mona Lisa from Leonardo da Vinci, I had my very own MonAlessia.
Alessia touching the tip of the glass formation at the Louvre…..Trick Photography!