The city of lights

Trip Start Sep 13, 2005
Trip End Oct 15, 2006

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

As I set foot off the plane from Boston to Paris I was determined to hit the must see sights I missed on my first trip to Paris. While some would think it was a morbid facination with death, in truth it was a coincidence that the sights had to do with the dead. They were the Catacombs and the Cimetiere Pere Lachaise.

While the catacombs facinate because of the 1000's of bones that are piled under the streets of Paris, the cemetary facinated because of the living. Cimetiere Pere Lachaise is a must see because of the famous people buried there including Jim Morrison of the Doors. While I'm not really a big Doors fan, I was none the less interested in the cast of characters that visited his grave. I saw the young who are inspired by Morrison, who emulated his style of dress and drank toasts to honor him by his grave site and I saw those who couldn't seem to leave Morrison behind. People that seemed to have grown up with him who might have experience the drug craziness and free love era when the Doors were first popular.

While Paris is amazing during the day and their pasteries are probably unrivalled in the world (love those croissants), Paris at night is something that must be experience. The city illuminated at night stirs about feelings of romance yes, but also quiet serenity. The lights bath the city in a manner which convey a sense of calm contentment. This is how Paris is ment to be seen.
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