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Day -1: Preparing for My Camino de Santiago

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

July 18, 2018:

I left Dulles around 5:30 PM yesterday and arrived in Paris around 7:00 AM today. I took a shuttle to my hotel which was a couple miles from the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, I decided to walk around Paris with my full backpack. I walked 14.08 miles.


My observations of Parisians are as follows: 1) They are as bad as Americans at walking while paying more attention to their handheld device, 2) There are a lot of smokers, 3) They are aggressive drivers or at least my taxi driver was, 4) Bicyclists obey traffic laws just like a car driver does, and 5) They have been helpful to me.


After two days in the same clothes I felt gross and hand washed my clothes. Tomorrow I will wear my Virginia T-Shirt on the train/bus to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the beginning of the Camino de Santiago.


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See additional photos from July 18th below:

Brief descriptions of the photos:

  1. I walked by the Louis Pasteur Statue on my way to the Eiffel Tower

  2. I walked by the Marie Emile Fayolle Statue on my way to the Eiffel Tower

  3. The Tomb of Napolean Bonaparte

  4. The Eiffel Tower

  5. The Eiffel Tower

  6. The Eiffel Tower

  7. The equestrian statue called Monument de la France Renaissante with the Eiffel Tower in the background

  8. The Statue of Liberty Paris

  9. The Statue of Liberty Paris

  10. The Eiffel Tower

  11. The Eiffel Tower

  12. The Gardens of the Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background

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