And then there is Paris. Sea-Tac airport has Charles de Gaulle beat hands down. Sea-Tac had live music in the restaurant area when I was leaving! I didn't even see any shops or restaurants in the mile I walked at CDG. (In their defense I was heading for the baggage pickup area)
I'm glad I've been here before, because the trip in to Paris and the part of town I am staying in for the first 2 nights are not all that picturesque. My hotel and room are quite nice but it is plopped smack dab in a seedy little area of Montmarte and there is walking to be done before you get to anything worth looking at. But my room is quiet, spankin clean and the staff is friendly and helpful, so I will catch up on my sleep and do some walking.
I tried to take a nap when I arrived, but even though it was 3 AM Seattle time, I couldn't fall asleep. So, I walked up about a mile (up) to the Sacre Coeur Basilica. I wish I had been allowed to take pictures inside because it was real pretty. On my way back down the hill I stopped in at a little cafe that advertised free wi-fi (pronounced wee fee). It was full of locals and had a menu I could barely read, so I tried the Trois Poisson. I wish I had written down the whole description and then come home to look up what I ate. It was good enough to eat but not amazing. I think I will do some homework before I eat again. Just too tired to even think about what I'll do tomorrow.
Some pictures from my short first day: NOTE: having a load of trouble adding pictures using an ipad . I can't scroll down or add captions after I add them. All the pictures were taken on my walk up the hill to the church and back. And my Trois Poissons dinner.
Wisteria wines near a pink house
Climbing the hill to Sacre Coeur.
The Eiffel Tower