Paris, France, October 2012

The City of Light was our final stop on our short visit through France, Holland and Switzerland.

We stayed near the Eiffel Tower on Rue Cler, on a delightful side street with lots of restaurants and pastry shops. The eating tour continued.

We visited some of the more famous sites, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, The Opera area, and the Latin Quarter. We were pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive a three course lunch could be in the Latin Quarter. Most days we spent less than $15 for lunch.

I hadn’t been to Paris for 10 years and Marg had been 30 years ago. Marg hadn’t seen the Louver before as it had been shut for a strike. Mona Lisa had a much bigger room than I had remembered from my previous visit. The throng of crowds that were gathered around the famous portrait made for an interesting set of photos. Venus De Milo was also crowded, but the rest of the museum was not too crowded. This was similar to what I had experienced 10 years earlier.

We walked around other neighbourhoods, including the Sorbonne University, and Place de La Concorde. Marg checked out some of the department stores while I had found an excellent wine store inside the department store that had a large section about the size of our apartment for Bordeaux wine. One of the best views that I had was from the top of the Montparnasse Tower which looks west towards the Eiffel tower.

We never experienced any of the famous rudeness of Parisians, and most people spoke English to us without seemingly any reluctance. It was difficult to practice our poor French.

The two days went by quickly and were packed from morning to night with sightseeing, eating, and lots of walking. A perfect way to end the trip.


About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.
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