Paris

The first day we’ve arrived in Paris around midday, we surfed at a different couch than planned.
Our couch host told us in last minute, that they got an emergancy case and if it’s possible for us, they would prefer to host us from the following day on.
In case we wouldn’t find any other option, they still could manage it somehow to host us.
For us that wasn’t a big problem as we got answers from other couch hosts as well and so it took me only one short call and everything was managed okay.
As we’ve seen a lot during the following days, I will write down only the highlights from our stay in Paris.
5th of January 2010:
arrive at midday in Paris, eat lunch in a small restaurant, warm up at McDonald’s, find couch hosts, enjoy dinner with couch hosts;
6th of January 2010:
find couch host Aude, walk into city center, take video and photos at the Louvre, spend time under and inside the Louvre, dinner with our couch hosts;
7th of January 2010:
shopping, sunset on the Tour Eifel (Eifel tower), video and photos at Moulde Rouge, museum;
8th of January 2010:
walking to the Sacré Coeur church, eating Krepe;
9th of January 2010:
visiting the Notre Dame church, taking super-baby video, enjoying dinner in a nice and typical Frence restaurant;
10th of January 2010:
Leaving in the morning with the TGV from Paris to Stuttgart;

Going over Stuttgart to Paris

In the morning of the 4th of January 2010 we’ve left our couch hosts Regina and her boyfriend.
We cecked out once more the city center and enjoyed lunch at Nordsee, before we started our way to Germany.
We’ve found a pretty good train connection at 2:30 pm. The EuroCity train went over Stuttgart in Germany to Strasbourg in France.
The fast TGV train we planned to take on the following day, was going from both locations straight to Paris.
As we would have arrived at 7pm in Strasbourg and two hour earlier at Stuttgart, we’ve decided to stay over night in Stuttgart.
As soon as we’ve arrived in Stuttgart, we booked our TGV reservation for the following day and made our way with the subway to our couch hosts.
Maike and Benjamin were really friendly and welcomed us at there home. They went out at night to the cinema and couldn’t spend dinner with us, but we’ve been anyway too tired for any activities.
We both taken a shower and went to bed.
On the following morning we both got up early, went back to the train station and enjoyed flying on the earth with the fastest train of the world to Paris! =)

at Swarovski in Austria

Today we got up early again, made our way first to the main train station in Innsbruck and following that to the Swarovski Kristalwelt.
We stood there four hours long until 3pm and then visited, after a quick stop at McDonald’s, the golden roof of Innsbruck, Austria.
We then went shopping in a super marked at the main train station and cooked dinner for our couch hosts and us.
After a wonderful dinner, we all went to bed late.
Tomorrow we plan to travel on to Strasbourg in France.

going to Paris – THE START =)

My sweet love and I are finally back on the route of travelling and started our way to Paris, France.
Todays morning we actually got up about an hour later than planned, but still early in the morning at 7:30am.
After packing the rest and saying good bye, we drove over Obertauern with my dad to Bischofshofen. It was very nice, that my dad gave us a lift, but we picked the wrong day for travelling. Saturday was one of the big travelling days, where for whole regions the winter vacations ends, while they start for others. All the roads got blocked by cars and the bad weather did the rest.
It took us way longer than planned to drive to Bischofshofen.
We first planned to take a train at 11am and ended up going with a train at 1pm.
We’ve taken first a train to Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, where we switched into the Euro-City train, going from Vienna over Innsbruck all the way to Bregenz.
While the first train has been very nice, the second one was totally filled up with people and so we ended up sitting on our luggage next to the door, from where we at least enjoyed a wonderful view.
On the way to Innsbruck, the train went quite a long time over Germany – the train never stopped there, but I could recognize the different energy supplies as well as my changed mobile phone network.
It’s probably faster to go in high speed around the mountains, than in slow speed directly over them.
When we came back to Austrian territory, I’ve seen on my iPhone, that I’ve missed a call. It turned out, Regina, who I’ve requested at a few days earlier got a free place for us on her couch! =)
I quickly call her back and looked forward to couch surf the first time in Europa. (well, if you don’t count the 20 years at my mum’s couch ;)
We arrived after a 2 hours journey from Salzburg in Innsbruck and first went for a Cafe to Burger King, to warm up again.
After the Cafe we started our way to Reginas place, which is south in Innsbruck, already on a mountain.
We took the bus and thanks to my Geocacher knowledge finished the funny “get into the house”-callenge good! =)
She wasn’t home and so she put the key in a small safe in front of her house. First callenge was to find the right house – then the safe – than the right door! =)
Regina has been out for dancing tonight and hasn’t come home yet – so I guess we will met her tomorrow! ;)
The first time I couch surf without couch host! ;-P
It’s very nice over here, we cooked us a nice dinner with cooked eggs, one “Fleischlaberl-Semmel”, carrots and bread. =)
As we got up such early today we will now go to sleep and visit Innsbruck tomorrow!
Good night everyone! ;-)