The City of Romance and Lights

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Hello, from Paris!  I sadly admit that I have moved on from my Greek Island hopping spree (which was wonderful) and have since landed in Grand Old Paris for a few days. Andrew has flown home to Calgary in the pursuit of higher education, but the three weeks we spent travelling through Turkey and Greece will always remain, in our minds, the most amazing 3 weeks of our lives (thank you Andrew!)

... and now, a little about Paris;

There are many wonderful things about Europe - the history, the culture, the arcitechture, the food, The LATTES/CAPPUCCINOS/FRAPPES.  Sometimes however, the majesty of a city is lost in the crowds of people and tourists lining its streets and crowding into its museums.

Paris is different though.

After taking a (free) walking tour of the city yesterday, I saw how grand this city really is, and despite the people, the street sellers, the noisy traffic and the hot sticky July weather, it all seemed very romantic anyway.  Perhpas this feeling came from the countless statues of naked men and women strewn throughout the city`s parks and monuments.....but this romantic feeling was also floating around in the air.  It was certainly tangible - if you were willing to feel it.
The first night I arrived in Paris, I met my friends Ashley and Lauren (also from Calgary) and we immediately found ourselves at the Eiffel Tower (of course).  Although originally the Parisians hated the thing (compared to the rest of Paris it really is an eyesore) it has since blossomed into the single most recognizable and visited monument in the world.  Saved from destruction by the shear fact that it prooved to be an excellent radio tower, and therefore was a good way to keep tabs on the Germans during those pesky world war years, today the Eiffel tower is a popular meeting place/hang out for locals and tourists alike - a good place to cop-a-squat and indulge in a bottle of French wine with some good friends.

Yesterday I wandered around the Louvre and genuinely felt like a needle in a beautiful, lilac scented, gold plated, colourful haystack - surrounded by ancient relics and hand carved statues from all over the world!  I only spent a few hours in there (which was stupid - I should have dedicated a whole day to that marvelous place) but it felt like I was taken back in time and there were some pieces so beautfiul you could barely take your eyes off them.  I must say however that the most striking piece was most certainly the Venus de Milo.  She was so beautiful and as I walked towards her, down a long corridor (dedicated almost entirely to her) she seemed to stare right at me. (pictures to follow when I can get them up)

Today - a little window shopping, (or licking as the french like to put it) and then we are off to Versaille to check out the Palace there.  I have been told that it is nothing short of amazing.

My time abroad is dwindling.  I booked a flight home for July 11th - exactly three months fronm the day I landed in Tanzania.  I am clicking my heels ladies and gentlemen, because after all, there is no place like home.

Much love from Paris,


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