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3 American Girls Have A Roller Coaster Weekend In Paris One of my favorite things about living in London in the opportunity I have to travel to some of the most fabulous places in the world. The other thing I love moncler kids
about living abroad is getting visitors from home. Recently, I was fortunate enough to combine both these loves as my two girlfriends from New York came to visit me during Thanksgiving break. Having a quiet London Thanksgiving at a restaurant was certainly a 180 from the usual chaos of my large, loud and loving family gatherings back on Long Island, but sometimes change can be good. On black Friday, while most of our loved ones back home were on line at Best Buy, we went to Paris for a long weekend. What was in store for us was quite unlike any Thanksgiving weekend we'd ever experienced. While the only experience any of us moncler t shirt
have with French ends with words like "croissant," we refused to be overwhelmed as we hailed a cab and handed our driver the address to our hotel. After about 500 feet, the driver began spattering in French and pointing to our hotel address faster than our fingers could thumb through our Lonely Planet EnglishFrench pocket guide. After many hand motions on both ends, we discovered that our hotel, InterHotel Notre Dame was actually nowhere near Notre Dame, or even in the city of Paris. Instead, our hotel was in a city called Rouen (pronounced ruin, ironically enough), which was around 250 kilometers (over 150 miles) outside of Paris. With our overpacked suitcases in hand, we stood on the side of the first Parisian street we'd ever seen, still hearing the cabbie's laughs as he drove away. Being in a foreign city with American cell phones can be extremely daunting it's times like these that we often look for a sign of hope and ours came in the form of golden arches. We plopped ourselves in the first McDonalds (or American Embassy, as we lovingly called it) where we found free WiFi moncler outlet
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