24.06.2011 - 04.07.2011 30 °C
We dropped off our Peugout in La Defense. Sad to see it go after nearly 6000 km. Anyone thinking about driving in Europe should consider a Eurolease, it has been a great way for our family to get around, and despite the cost of tolls (we spent over 300euros in 5 weeks) quite economical. Michael took to driving on the right side of the road easily and we had no major problems beside the odd nutter.
We caught a taxi to our apartment and home for the next 5 days, unpacked and went for a walk. This apartment had everything we needed and was very close to Montotgruel market, which is a pedestrian and the odd taxi street filled with bakeries, cheese shops chocolate and fruit shops etc. This became our base for stocking up the cupboards and take away lunch.
We have used the underground in every major city we could with ease. The Paris underground was super easy to navigate with the girls enjoying working out the quickest route to where we needed to be. The only thing was the Paris was a lot dirtier than the other major cities and more beggers and homeless people. The plus side was there were more buskers that would entertain in the metro stations and on the trains. The signs were more ornate than other cities and Kenzie enjoyed seeing what colour of the seats were at each station.
The homeless people around europe were a real eye opener for Briana and Kenzie, but more so in Paris the amount of homeless children and babies was particularly saddning. Briana got a little sceptical when she saw a cellphone poking out of a ladies gear while begging for money.
Day one in Paris done and looking forward to exploring more.