Ah, Paris! Comme je t’adore!!!
Just back from 48 action-packed hours in the city of love with…well…Mari Ellen, but hey, if it can’t be George Clooney. she’s the next best thing–for entirely different reasons!
Day one was: Mont-Martre, P?e Lachaise (cemetery), Notre Dame, St. Germain des Pr? (church), the Champs Elys?s (Planet Hollywood!!), and the Eiffel Tower.
Day two was: Back to Notre Dame, where Mari Ellen went to see an oh-so-cool church…and I got to sit in my very favorite spot. For YEARS, I’ve taken tourist boat trips around Paris with various choirs and classes, and I’ve always passed the tiny point at the tip of Paris’ main island (Cit? and wished I could sit there for a while and bask in the sun like I’ve seen so many others do. Well, today *I* was the one sitting there with a good book (all alone, no less!) and imagining people going by me on tour boats wishing they were in my shoes. Of course, I had to steal a garbage bag out of its metallic brace and sit on it in order to avoid getting doggy-poopy on my pants, but the experience rivaled anything else I’ve ever done in Paris! The picture of my “pointe de l’ile” moment is now my profile pic.
When Mari Ellen had finished with the church, we struck off randomly in a direction we hadn’t been before and saw the Luxembourg gardens, the Pantheon, a variety of incredibly beautiful sites, and a bunch of student strikers who have pretty much paralyzed the country at one point or another in the last couple of weeks. French youth crippling the capital in protests over a law intended to make it easier for them to get jobs right out of school… Gotta love the sublimely ridiculous rebellious spirit of a nation whose main mode of bonding is building barricades together.
I must reaffirm that Paris is by far my very favorite city in the whole wide world, at least the parts of the world I’ve been privileged to know!
I’m pasting a couple photos below and the rest can easily be viewed as a slideshow at:http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/shelleyphoenix/album?.dir=/4f4f&.src=ph&.tok=phUt6rEBdaaokr9u
As you’ll see, the trip began in snow (argh!!!) and ended in perfect weather…. We were both happy campers.