PARIS, France – We have arrived at our final stop in Europe as Paris, France will be our home for the next four days before we head back to Cleveland on Saturday morning.
I have to say, Paris is very impressive just driving through the city on the bus. It almost reminds me of New York meets Chicago. There are so many shops, stores and restaurants, including a McDonald's right across the street from the hotel and a Starbucks on the corner. So it does kind of feel like home!
We did a loop around the city on our way in and were able to see the Eiffel Tower in the distance. I believe we have a tour scheduled there on Thursday or Friday. Other famous spots in Paris include Notre Dame, a historic church bell tower that was under construction for 170 years after it started in 1163. There is also the Louvre, home of the most important art collection in the world, including the Mona Lisa, and the Sacre-Coeur, a historic church with a view of Paris that contains one of the heaviest bells in the world. It is the second highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower.
On our final night in Paris, we are scheduled to have a sightseeing boat tour on the River Seine before dinner.
Today is a very low key day for the group and everyone kind of needs one. It seems like we have been going non-stop since we left Cleveland State last Wednesday afternoon. The team has played three games in the last four days and a little rest is just what they need today.
There are still two games left on the trip with the Vikings playing Tremblay tomorrow and Juvissy on Friday. They are supposedly the top two teams CSU will face on this trip.
The bus trip from Belgium to Paris was about four hours with a stop for lunch about an hour out. When we were driving through the city to our hotel, we saw a few guys with St. John's basketball sweats on crossing the street. In looking at their site, they are playing two different teams as they start their European tour here in France.
Our hotel in Paris is the Concorde-Opera, one of the oldest buildings in the city. They have done a tremendous job of maintaining this hotel and it definitely has a European flair to it. The elevator can fit about three people so there was a little wait for everyone in the lobby to get up to their rooms.
One of the most interesting features I found is that the windows completely open and there are no screens. So you can stick your head out and look right down into the city.
Today will continue with a team meeting and dinner this evening.
Once again, I appreciate all the notes/emails that have been sent to firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the trip. Until next time…