Speed Tour of Paris

On the way back from India last week, I had a 7.5-hour layover at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. I arrived at 6am and then rushed through passport control to the train station (which is conveniently attached to the airport). I took a train to Gare du Nord and walked to Sacré Coeur to take a quick tour and snap some pictures. I had planned to make this my only stop, wandering around Montmartre a bit until I found a grocery store where I could get a stash of Cruesli au Chocolat cereal. But before long it turned into a challenge to see how many sights I could see before I needed to head back to the airport. I didn’t want to spend more money on a subway pass, so this was all on foot and took about three hours. I mapped it out on mappedometer.com and it looks like it was about 5 1/2 miles.

 

I was already kind of cutting it close to get back to the airport by the time I heard this band performing in the Chatelet train station, but I had to stop and get a quick video. I tracked down the band name later, which is Les Musiciens de Lviv, a Ukrainian band that has been playing Paris metro stations for years.

Elder Kevin Hill – Switzerland Geneva Mission

Kevin was a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Switzerland Geneva Mission (French-speaking).

Kevin’s Cities:Elder Hill's mission cities
1) Metz, France (info)
2) Chambéry, France (info)
3) Grenoble, France (info)
4) Dijon, France (info)
5) Nancy, France (info)
6) Lyon, France (info)
7) La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland (info)

Elder Hill photo gallery

Photo Gallery

Other links:
Switzerland Geneva Mission alumni site
History of the Church in France and Switzerland
Map of LDS missions in France (including much of the Geneva Mission)
Facts about Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg from the CIA World Factbook