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More of Paris
More of Paris
There was so much to see that we more or less mapped out each day to get the most out of each one. We went to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Rodin's Museum, the Medieval Museum (incredible stained glass there) and the Musee d'Orsay. I saw The Eiffel Tower, rode a boat down the Seine and went to Versailles. Saw the Mona Lisa, and Venus de Milo and Rodin's "the Thinker. Toured the grounds and castle of Versailles and ate every meal outside. Shopped at some of the tourist places LOL and saw the President's home.
He was in town, as evidenced by the very visible presence of the police, gendarme and Surete.(all rather attractive in their uniforms) We went into the "red light" district and took a peek at what was offered, and saw some shops that were divided into sections according to ones sexuality. A section for the boys, the girls, the boys and girls and for those that were one but preferred the other. Saw the infamous Moulin Rouge as well but it was too early in the day to see the locals.
The most unfortunate thing for me was that I am not used to that much walking and stair climbing. We used the subway system at least 3 times a day and by Tuesday I could barely move. My companion is a very fast walker, and between my sedentary job and lack of "real" exercise I had a difficult time of it. Thankfully the hotel had huge tubs, because a long hot soak at the end of the day was a real treat.
We chose to eat our dinners in the Latin Quarter, named as such because of the history of the area. The area was once home to the different schools (the Sorbonne etc) and the common language was Latin in that area. Therefore it became known as the Latin quarter. The food was very good and priced resonably. It was fun to have the cafe owners/managers try to get you into their establishments. More than once we had a difficult time deciding where to go. The menus for the evening were similar which made the choice easy yet difficult. Most of the time we picked the place where the people watching was best...
Some of the things I made note of and may be trivial is that there are no water fountains to drink out of in public areas. Most people carry bottles of water with them. The city is very clean, and one does not see many homeless seeking handouts. The public bathrooms(water closets) automatically clean themselves after each use.
The city is beautiful. There are plenty of green areas all immaculate and very well tended. Leaf bearing trees are trimmed neatly and squarely allowing a beautiful view of every street. Evergreens are usually conical in shape, and it appeared that they may be done daily. The parks are full of flowers and trees, sometimes fountains and one saw people soaking sore tired feet in them.
So that folks was my summer vacation. I would love to go back someday and see the things that I missed, but I think my next adventure will be one that involves sun and sand. Au revior for now...
7/17/2006 8:55 am
Was in Germany (Saw East Berlin just before the Wall came down) and Holland (just for a day). Germany was also very clean.|
I would like to see more of Europe. There's always time.
I don't know how you keep track of all that you saw (an how to spell all the names).
I wouldn't even know what to see. Geography, etc was never my thing. Typical American I guess as foreigners say, don't know much beyond their own borders. Have taken more of an interest in the past few years but have so much to catch up on.
Sounds like you had a great time. Good that you go a chance to do it. What a trip for a first flight. Kinda long. If you had problems it would have seemed even longer.
7/17/2006 12:48 pm
It has been five years since I last remembered my visit to France. I didnt get the opportunity to visit Paris;nevertheless, I did get to briefly enjoy the port of Marseille as well as for all the other ports around the globe. The one thing that I learned through-out all the traveling that I did was that the world is a key to unlocking once culture.|
Im glad that you enjoyed yourself on your trip and I want to thank you for allowing me to remember a bit of my trip.