Je t'aime Paris!
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
33Trip End Apr 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
La Fleche D´Or Hotel
The city of Paris is organized into 20 separate districts, each with their own character and personality. The 1st district is in the center of the city, with the subsequent, ascending districts organized in a spiral pattern around the center
One of the most memorable, cost free activities is a stroll along the Seine River. The romantic Seine divides the city between north and south and will reveal popular sights such as Notre Dame, Sant Chappelle, the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsey and the Eiffel Tower. One can do the same walk several times as well, as the lighting during different time of the day can make the same sight appear anew. During the day, the Seine shimmers like a pool and reflects the blue and white sky above. At night, the river glows a muddy mixture of black and yellow from the gentle ripples of passing boats.
My favorite activity during these strolls around the city is to sample the heavenly pastries and delectable sweets from the numerous patisseries, bakeries and creperies scattered throughout the city
A popular stereotype among Americans is that of rude French or Parisien locals. This misconception has been more strongly perpetrated in recent years due to tensions from foreign policy issues between France and the US. For the most part, French people are very friendly to Americans and tourists, especially after making a sincere effort to communicate a little French. If you venture out of the city to a place such as Normandy, the locals are beaming with hospitality that rivals that of my former residence, Savannah, the famed 'Hostess City of South.' For my European trip as a whole, I have found nothing but sincere enthusiasm when striking up a conversation about my home country.
Paris is a special city that now carries more meaning for me as it was the city where I got engaged to my fiancée Carmela. I went back to the bench to show Sean and Aimee where I proposed to Carmela. On that bench a saw a an old couple, maybe eighty years old, enjoying the beautiful sight of the Eiffel Tower in the midafternoon sun. I can imagine a trip back to Paris with Carmela years from now when we're that age to remember our first visit together.