Despite a cold and rainy forecast, the weather so far has been mostly agreeable. I just hope by typing this I don’t jinx the rest of our trip and condemn us to rain and cold. The hotel, Prince de Galles, has lived up to its hype. It is beautiful and the service thus far has been excellent. Shortly after arriving at the hotel (9:30am) local time, we were shown our room. Since I didn’t sleep at all on the flight, Sergio and I promptly took a nap and did not leave until 2:00pm. We were both a bit tired all day but it did not prevent us from a quick promenade down the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triumphe nor spending a few hours ascending the Eiffel Tower (pictures will follow upon my return).
In the evening we went to one of my favorite sections of Paris, ile Ste. Louis, which is a tiny island in the Seine River next to ile de la Cite. This smaller island always seems a lot less crowded and charming. Dinner at a tiny, but delicious Italian restaurant named Sorza was excellent. Perhaps this is one of my favorite things about Paris. No matter where I go and what I try – the food does not disapoint. I’m sure there are bad restaurants and places I’d rather not eat, but either due to luck or a good eye nothing I’ve eaten has left me wanting. I’m off now to try some ice cream at Berthillon Ice Cream on ile Ste. Louis.