Our week away from the Netherlands began with Paris. Everywhere I turned my jaw dropped. I thought I'd make a quick list of things I saw and learned while roaming the streets of Paris.
1. Paris is home to some of the most (quite literally) awesome sights in the world. Here are a few that took my breath away . . .
The Eiffel Tower:
We went to the tippy top - scary, but beautiful!
Back on solid ground.
Chad and the tower at night.
The Louvre-the building itself is stunning, even without art it is a sight to see:
Miss Mona herself
It seemed like the thing to do.
The Last Five Kilometers of the Tour de France:
Palace of Luxembourg gardens:
Look at the sailboats in the pond behind me. The children laughed so sweetly as they played with their "ships".
Isn't this grand?
Yes, we ate macaroons in the park. :)
2. I do not like French food, except for: coffee (cafe au lait), croissants, beignets, crepes, fries (Belgium actually owns the rights to those yummies), baguettes, macaroons and... I think that's it. Breakfast and lunch is great. Dinners, on the other hand, not so great. Following a series of dry, poor tasting evening meals, we caved and ate Italian; something I vowed to wait to do until in Italy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. :)
3. The cigarette industry will never die as long as the French still live.
4. French women are beautiful. On the same street in the same moment you will see a woman who looks as if she's just stepped off a runway; tall, slender, sleek hair, elegant heels, long legs, and a great dress, and also one who looks as though she just rolled out of bed, threw on a dress, tied her hair up, and splattered some lipstick on. They are both gorgeous.
5. I would not survive in Paris on my current salary. Everything is just too tempting to buy, and, for the most part, comparatively too expensive.
6. Paris has a way of romancing her visitors. I want to come back and fall in love with Paris again.
More on Rome and Venice to come.
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