Major Paris Highlights in One 10 Hour Layover

After reading tons of blog posts about what to do in Paris on a long layover, we happened to discover the perfect metro route with most exchanges at major tourist spots. Follow this and you’ll be able to see Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre, Arc De Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in one convenient route from Charles De Gaulle airport. We left our bags at Baggage Du Monde at the airport for 7€ per bag. I also recommend that you buy the Paris Visite tickets from the information counter at the terminal because there were long lines at the ticket vending machines for the metro.

Step 1: CDG to Sacre Coeur

Take the RER B from CDG to Paris. Get off at Gare Du Nord. Take M4 from Gare Du Nord towards Porte de Clignancourt. Get off at Chateau Rouge. When we went Chateau Rouge was temporarily closed so we went one stop later at Marcadet – Poissoniers and switched to M6 upto Abbesses. This is also the stop for the Funiculaire de Montmartre. There were lots of signs to Sacre Coeur on the streets.

Sacre Coeur

Step 2. Sacre Coeur to Eiffel Tower via Arc De Triomphe

Walk from Sacre Coeur to Anvers metro and take the M2 to Charles De Gaulle Etoile (metro stop for Arc De Triomphe)

Arc De Triomphe

From Charles De Gaulle Etoile take M6 to Trocadero. Thanks to this very helpful blog post, we discovered that Trocadero is the ideal location to click pictures with the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower

Step 3: Eiffel Tower to CDG via Notre Dame

From Eiffel Tower, either walk to Bir-Hakeim metro or from Trocadero take M6 to Bir Hakiem. From Bir-Hakeim, take RER C to St. Michel-Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

From Notre Dame, take RER B back to the airport. Done! We left the airport around 10:00 and were back at around 3:30PM. So if you have more time, you might just be able to squeeze in going into one of the places. We did not feel rushed at all and had enough time for lunch and a portrait at Montmartre.

Happy traveling, hope you enjoyed this blog post about something other than my solar power production or yogurt :).

Upcoming Chinese Solar Stock Earnings

I believe that the top solar module makers – Trina Solar (TSL), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Jinko Solar (JKS) and JA Solar (JASO) (who is the manufacturer of the panels on my roof) are all severely undervalued. Canadian Solar pre-announced better than guided shipments and margin.

Here is my take on the others at Seeking Alpha:

I expect an earnings beat from all of them as their net income/MW is rising along with the rising shipments.

net income per megawatt

mw shipped

Disclosure: Long JKS, JASO, CSIQ, TSL

Tesla Earnings: All About 2016

Early AM today, Seeking Alpha published my take on Tesla’s earnings. To summarize, Q4 was a miss but this year is expected to be great as customer deposits for buying Tesla’s kept growing and reached a record $284 million and guidance was great. The much anticipated Model 3 unveil is on March 31.

Since I wrote the article, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter that Model 3 deposits start in stores March 31 and online on April 1.

Disclosure: Long TSLA.