We’re finally getting over the jetlag so we could be out and about doing things in the morning! We had a long way to go, so we took the Métro.

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This stop, the Grands Boulevards, is the one closest to our hotel and connects to several subway lines. The Métro is fairly cheap, with most rides costing us 1,30 euro each, and you can ride as far as you’d like on a single ticket. While it is very easy to get around Paris by walking, it is a big enough city that sometimes the Métro is more efficient (and less painful for your feet!)

Our first stop was the a Gare de Lyon, a train station in southern Paris. We are leaving for Toulouse on Thursday, so we needed to buy our tickets to make sure there would be space for us on the train!

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(The arrival and departure board at the Gare)

Then it was off to do some shopping!  But in the way, we spotted the Concorde:

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This monument was actually stolen from Egypt; if you look closely enough, you can see the hieroglyphs carved into the sides! And yes, that is the Eiffel Tower in the background…

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After more exploring and some shopping, we stopped at the Madeleine (yet another famous church) for some lunch. I went with the bistro classic, a very popular sandwich called the croque madame.

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It is made by lightly toasting two pieces of soft bread, filling the sandwich with warm ham and cheese, broiling another piece of cheese on top until just browned and bubbly, and then topping the whole thing with an egg! You can also get it without the egg by ordering a croque monsieur instead of a croque madame.

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