Thursday, April 15, 2010

City of Light

First thing to do in Paris…

Buy two baguettes, two blocks of brie cheese, and two bottles of red.

Walked to the park that sits in front of the Eiffel tower, plopped down on a park bench, and broke bread.

Sitting and looking up at the Eiffel tower was a surreal moment. This spot has been in so many pictures, so many people have been here, loved here, kissed here, cried here, and lived here. The fact that almost anyone in the world could probably recognize the large metal structure that protrudes into the Parisian skyline. Iconic.

Anywhoo… The wine and baguette were amazing.

The rest of the day was filled walking throughout the city. We sat for hours in a little café and sipped espresso while laughing at how small the cups were. We bought bulk candy from a sweet old man, walked the, Champs-Élysées and saw the Arc de Triomphe.

In the evening we bought another bottle of Red and walked up the steps to the Sacré-Cœur to see the entire city from the top of the hill. The scene was gorgeous and the sunset slowly descended as we sat and watched men play soccer and talked with new friends from all over the world. We had a conversation in Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese. It is great how somehow even though we all only speak a little big of each language we all understood each other and could laugh and joke. The day turned to night and we continued our epic day by running into a Norwegian boy who was on a 3-year world trip whilst writing a novel about it. We wandered to the Moulin Rouge where the nighttime was painted with red tinge from all of the adult sex shops. Lastly our night was finished with conversation over espresso in the café where Amelie was filmed.

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