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Well, getting to Paris was definitely an ordeal. It ended up taking us almost 24 hours, and 7 trains to get to Paris. One overnight train, 3 hour stop-over in Germany. Then to be told one of our trains required reservation even though we had asked the person in Italy about one thousand times that we didnt have to reserve. And then every other train was already full. DISASTER.

Katelyn and Catherine are very much scared of pick pockets, and pritty much overreact to anything. "What if we get pick-pocketed and die?" "what if they pull a knife?" Putting them together, not a good idea. Any man who walks near us and they are freaked out. Granted awareness is warranted, but all they tend to do is freak each other out. "the train keeps moving from side to side" "what if it comes off the tracks?"

We arrived very late in Paris, after wondering around to find our hostel it was bed time. The next day while moving to our hotel, DISASTER struck again. Catherine started to feel sick. At first we all thought it was because she hadnt eaten much since we were constantly on trains the day before. It soon became obvious however that it wasn't that. A quick message to amber as a hint to what it could be was in hind sight not a good idea. Catherine then pritty much started to freak out. It wasnt however until much later that things got much worse and it was time to go to the hospital. From 9pm til 4 am we were at the hospital. Missed New Years. However I always feel that New Years is overrated so it wasnt that big of a deal. (especially when we found out that there was no fireworks at the eiffel tower)

The next day we slept. Got up for the free breakfast, got Catherine's drugs and then slept again. It was a very preductive day. The next day we did alot better. Katelyn and I left Catherine (who still wasnt up to much) to go on the free walking tour. The group was massive with about 60 people. We met an American, who had recognised us from our hostel, which was good cause we then didnt have to figure out how to get back.

That night we went on a Pub Crawl. I expected a little more free drinks, as it had promised alot more then what was given. However the night was still really fun. The American and another Aussie we run into at the restaurant also joined us. The club was by far the best place, however drinks were mega expensive. Apparently a beer was 12 euro. Dont even want to know how much my normal drink would have been.

Since we went out last night, we had a sleep day again today. Although we managed to go to the Louve. It was a quick walk in, see the Mona Lisa, take photos, get squashed by others and find our way out again. Of course we looked at the paintings there and back, but navigating our way through was hard. The Louve is free on sundays, like quiet a lot of europian museum.

Tonight we plan on visiting and climbing the Eiffel Tower, as the view is suppose to be amazing. However Catherine and Katelyn are currently in bed sleep. Don't Know if we will actually make it but fingers crossed.

Posted by TarrynK 10:52 Archived in France Tagged round_the_world

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Hope you got to see/walk up the Eiffel Tower - if not there is always next time! Glad Catherine is feeling better - nothing worse than being sick in a strange place.

by Mum

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