Paris, you really were beautiful. A late night in and an early morning out had myself and my friend Carolyn challenged for time. How much could we do over a weekend? Yes, everywhere we looked there was a couple making out, but it was satisfyingly cheesy. The City of Love. Another observation I had was that there were bakeries everywhere! They were filled with aesthetically pleasing pastries and more croissants than you could count. Walking over 20 km that day, we indugled in great food: steak frites, croque madames, all found at local locations. It's a shame my grade school french classes never stuck.
I've seen the Eiffel tower in images, films, but it truly was breathtaking. Although annoyed by money-grabbing gents asking me to 'follow the card', when we finally found a place to sit on the grass, a "pinch me to make sure i'm not dreaming" moment came upon me. Seeing the Mona Lisa was a trip. For one, she's a small girl. I definitely thought she'd be bigger than she was! I've never been to a shop like Merci. Its 'hard to locate' address was very intriguing, and the interior was nothing like i've seen before. From home wear, to hand-picked men's and women's collections, there was so much to browse through. A definite recommendation to anyone going to Paris for the first time.
Along with the images posted above, here's a little reminder for future Jonathan to look at to remind him of all the places he visited!
- Eiffel Tower
- L'arc de Triomphe
- Marais Area and Merci Concept
- Notre Dame
I can't believe I'm half way through my master program here in the UK. I still have so much more I'd like to see. Let's hope I play my cards right and make it all happen, till next time.