We got back from Paris on Tuesday night. We had a great time. The biggest lesson from the trip is a reminder to volunteer for getting bumped whenever possible. We got bumped twice on our way there, and we ended up with flight vouchers worth four times what we paid for the trip! It was definitely worth getting to Paris four hours late and flying through Frankfurt instead of Amsterdam to get such compensation.
While there, we stayed at the Allegro Paris Hotel, and it was a nice place. It’s in the 12th arrondissement, so it was a bit out of the way, but it was very cheap (€49 a night), very clean, and very professional. We’ll stay there again if we go back to Paris.
Some of the highlights of the trip were due to spending too much time with The Da Vinci Code and Amélie over the last few years. We visited the Church of St. Sulpice to look at the supposed Rose Line and had a couple drinks in the Café des Deux Moulins, where Amelie worked.
We saw other typical tourist sights in Paris, like ascending the Eiffel Tower and spending time in the Louvre (where the Medieval Louvre under the Sully Wing was a surprising highpoint). Of course, we also had wonderful food and wine every day of the trip.
One highlight not on the typical tourist route was the Musée des arts et métiers, which surprised us with excellent exhibits on the history of transportation, measurement, construction, energy, materials, mechanics, and communication across the years. We also got to see the original Foucault’s Pendulum, which was very exciting for us engineers.
I hope to get some of the pictures up soon of our four fun days.