Day 1 in Europe and tracks galore in Paris

The flight into Paris was tough. I had the window seat but he girl next to me wasn’t all that wrapped with me getting up a couple of times to go for a walk. Next time I am requesting an aisle seat for sure.

The great bonus was that I got to see Paris in all it’s vastness as we flew in at 6am. ‘Le Tour Eiffel’ stood out more than anything else. Although it did look like a miniature of itself from way up in the sky and of course the trail of ants meandering their way in the Paris peak hour helped complete the scene. Amazing to see nearly a dozen red ovals on the way in as well. Athletics is big in Europe.

A quick exit through customs and the trip to Chatelet was shared with a couple from New Zealand who were returning to Paris and Europe for a 20 year European vacation anniversary.

I wandered around the city for a while before heading off to find the way to INSEP (the French Institute of Sport) where Lara and I are staying for a few days.

There’s heaps more to say about Day 1 but just as I write the jet lag has hit me. Maybe I’ll get a chance over the next few days to catch up on…

  • The Bastille Bashing (Me and the rest of the commuters watched 3 dudes go at it with metal belts trying to slash each other. I was tempted to get the iPhone out to snap it but it just didn’t feel right)
  • The failed attempt to hire a pushbike because I reached the limit on my credit card (all fixed now!)
  • The Magdalene Chapel (pictured)


Author: patbirgan

Australian living in Italy and managing the AIS European Training Centre. In my spare time I like to watch, write, tweet, commentate, manage, immerse in all things athletics.

2 thoughts on “Day 1 in Europe and tracks galore in Paris

  1. Wow – a real french fight! and on your first day! Hey – berrocas are great for jet lag – they are in your backpack remember?

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