We’ll always have Paris....
Posted on January 21 2018
My brother was in the military. During 2010, he was assigned to work at Ramstein in Kaiserslautern, Germany. We flew over on a Saturday in October at 2 pm from Dallas. We arrived at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday around 8 am. We flew business class. It was better than coach but it wasn’t great.
Our first stop was to stay at my brother & sis-in-law’s house in Fischbach, Germany. Along the way we found ourselves at a castle ruin.
Hohenecken Castle is the ruin of a spur castle from the Hohenstaufen era on the Schlossberg hill above the Kaiserslautern ward of Hohenecken in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is located at a height of 363 m above sea level (NN).
This is a close up photograph of the bricks that make up an exterior wall.
I’m a planner. I planned this trip down to the hour. I researched and pre-paid for as much of the activities we had planned as I possibly could. I don’t know that if I went again I wouldn’t do the same but I think I’d allot myself more time in each place.
Next stop: Paris, France. Instead of flying to the areas we wanted to visit near Germany we rented a car. My brother drives like a maniac, though I’ll say everyone over there did the same. We left Germany and headed southwest through Belgium to Paris.
We spent roughly three days in Paris. We visited Versailles, did a boat tour on the Seine at night from Pont Neuf all the way down to Notre-Dame. We visited the Louvre, Tulieries Garden, Place de la Concorde, headed back to see the interior of Notre-Dame. We saw a show at the Moulin Rouge. I walked barefoot in Paris (my heels were killing me)! We traveled on the Metro and ate lunch at a sidewalk cafe. We visited the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. We did everything you could possibly do except sleep.
Northern Rose Window at Notre-DameThis sculptural detail on the pillar of the Arc De Triomphe is La Paix de 1815, by Antoine Étex and commemorates the Treaty of Paris, concluded in that year.This photograph is shown for scale. In a lot of photos of the Arc de Triomphe you can’t tell how extremely large this monument truly is!After two extremely full weeks in 4 different countries we were exhausted and ready to head home. We used our frequent flier miles to upgrade to First class and believe me when I tell you it’s the way to go! It took us a few days to get used to being in our “normal” time zone and from the trip in general but I’d go back in a heartbeat. Especially Paris.
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