Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bonjour from Paris

After spending the night in a sleeper train with four other people (two of which got taken out by the police in the middle of the night because they did not have the proper paper work, crazy) we arrived in Paris.

What can I say of Paris? It is different than any other city. It is a huge city, people are so busy and consumed with their lives, while Cory and I wander the streets enjoying the environment. We decided that, as our final stay, we were not going to see everything there is to see while here. We are just going to enjoy the romance of the city. Our beautiful hotel is a two minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. Every night we walk down and sit in the grass with the hundreds of other people to enjoy the amazing sight. Every hour from ten at night to one in the morning they have a light show on the tower. This is a spectacular view, and all the more fun watching it with so many people who cheer and laugh every time the lights turn on. 

We have been to Notre Dame, the Arc De Triumph, and the Louvre, The Luxembourg Palace, not to mention numerous bakeries and crepe stands. We have walked along the Seine and Des Champs Elysees. 

When I was looking at the skyline from our hotel balcony on the first day I discovered we have a view of the Sacre Coeur.  This is one of my favorite churches. It stands up on a hill in such a picturesque way. It also provides an amazing panoramic view of the city. Last night we packed up our bag for a picnic and hopped on the metro to have dinner at this spot. We had to stop at a bakery on the way to pick up our dessert…a bag full of Parisian macaroons; delicious. We sat on the steps of the church with hundreds of other people, enjoying the feel of the city. We walked around the crowded streets of the Montmartre area, which are unlike any others in the city. Cory loved to watch the various street shows that were going on.

We made it back from this night time adventure in enough time to have our wonderful minutes on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. Truly, what can compare with sitting with the one you love in the middle of the night on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower? (perhaps a gondola ride, but that’s all). 

And now, we only have one more night in Paris. One more full day to wander the streets and see the sights and eat the pastries. I often wonder where the time goes. Venice seems so long ago, not to mention England. This time next Wednesday I will be having coffee with my family, recounting all of our adventures and thinking of this moment, sitting in my hotel room in Paris. 

I better not go on. I see the direction my thoughts are taking and realize it is always better to just enjoy the moment instead of wondering why the moments have to go by so fast.

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