Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Paris, Again

Heather, Amanda and I ended our tour in "Gay Paris" and as always, the French really showed their hospitality. On the first or second day we had an "incident" in the metro with some drunk man who repeatedly yelled at us and told us, in French, to speak French. Now, I am no genius, but more than likely, if we weren't speaking French, weren't the odds fairly high that some or all of our group possibly did not know French and in which case, would not be able to understand, or for that matter, care what he was saying to us? When we didn't respond to him, he decided it would be a good idea to poke us. POKE us, like we were some kind of exhibit. I swear, no matter how long I live here, I will never cease to be amazed at some of the behavior tolerated in this country.

Notwithstanding some of the mishaps, I think they enjoyed Paris. I have a love/hate thing with the city, so at times I can be its biggest promoter and at others, its biggest critic. On one of their first days in Paris, we went to the Arc de Triomph (all the pictures in this post are from the top), which is high on my "must do" lists. While we were at the top, we met some Americans and I made a donkey out of myself telling them all the sites they should see. It is times like that when I know I love the city and times like the metro "incident" when I think I can't wait to leave.


For the most part, I think Heather and Amanda got to see a lot of things. I revisited some previously experienced places (Arc, Eiffel, Notre Dame) and some totally new things like a river cruise at night and going to the top of Notre Dame. I also found 90 euros in front of the Eiffel one night, which is definitely a first for me.

This is the last post of Heather and Amanda's trip and I just want to take this opportunity to say what an awesome time I had with them and how glad I am they came to visit me. It really meant a lot to me and I can only hope they had as much fun as I did!

12 comments:

Alison said...

I don't think I knew you could go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. That's a lovely photo you took from up there!

Lotus Reads said...

It's always wonderful when friends visit for you get to see the same sights, but through a different lens, ya know?

Kids rushing me as I type - will return.

Chris said...

The best thing about your blog is how I feel like I'm visiting Europe without having to buy the ticket or smell the people.

Expat Traveler said...

such great shots! I love the eiffel the best.

A tip: Your second shot if you would have waited a few extra seconds, it would have been better. There would have still been the light but you would also get the sky effect.

Yes I can see also how sometimes Paris has a love hate relationship with people, but I'd enjoy going back there with someone who knows the city!

Angela in Europe said...

Alison-Yes, I love the views from the top..it is best to go right before sunset so you can see Paris in the daylight and at night.

Lotus-Honestly, everyday is a new day with me; I never get tired of looking at things.

Chris-Yup, you have to be tough to travel in Europe.

Expat-Thanks for the pointers. I took about 8 shots of the sunset and I probably picked the worst one to blog.

Julie said...

The picture with the Eiffel tower reflected in the sunglasses? I LOVE that picture.

So when the crazy guy poked you, what did you do? Poked him back, I hope.

TheHamburger said...

You changed your blogger pic! Bullshit...I enjoyed the sexy picture you had before. I'm angry...

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Expat Traveler said...

LOL - Look at it this way, you posted a photo... It's eye candy and in my eyes more interesting than not posting one.. :)

TheHamburger said...

Just read your profile and it's funny you taught ESL. That's been part of my job here in DSM for the last year and a half. Good times...

Angela in Europe said...

Hamburger-Get out while you can. Teaching is like some kind of drug. I loved it too when I started.....

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