When the subject of jet lag came up many of the more advanced travelers that we call friends suggested that the best way to beat it is to just power through the first day. That’s what we did. It’s bed time now (11:30 p.m.), but we’ve had a very busy day. A brief overview:
- A 10 minute dash from FiDi to SFO
- A 4.5 hour flight to Chicago, which was experiencing thunderstorms
- A 30 second layover in Chicago where I was accosted by a Francophone American for having the audacity to stand next to my wife in line to board the plane.
- An extremely pleasant ride across the pond with a cabin at 1/3rd capacity. The attendant staff were extremely attentive and jovial.
- A virgin ride on the Paris Metro from the Etoile to the Louvre (amazingly efficient).
- A not-so-mad dash through the Sully wing of the Louvre for the all the goodies one is supposed to see. My favorite was the room behind the Mona Lisa. It’s an absolutely amazing red and gold leaf dome(?) that I’ll post about later.
- My first Parisian cafe experience at a place halfway between the Louvre and Notre Dame (Pont du Neuf).
- A leisurely stroll through the Musee d’Orsay.
- More cafe life in Saint Germain, this time at Les Deux Magots (hope that doesn’t mean what I think it does).
- More strolling the streets and stopping to drink here and there
- A cab to the Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower glittering at night
That’s all for now. Elf needs sleep badly.