Saturday, May 07, 2005

Paris - August 2003

Dave and I spent four wonderful days in Paris. It was HOT!!! It was also beautiful - I fell in love with the city. Seeing the Eiffel Tower had been at the top of my list of Things To Do In Life for as long as I could remember.

We walked from the Place De La Concorde, up the Champs Elysees, and all the way to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in the blazing summer sun. We sat in the shade of the Eiffel Tower eating ice-cream and pondering the size of the collossal structure. We took a train out to the Palace of Versailles and strolled to the Moulin Rouge in the evening and we marvelled at the beauty of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. A few hours was just not enough to spend at the Louvre, and although I personally don't see what all the fuss is about with the Mona Lisa, I was really impressed with the Venus de Milo.

Everything about Paris is beautiful - the architecture, the people, the food... everything seems to be about celebrating the beauty and joy of life. Having been there now, I can see what all the fuss is about. It certainly lives up to its romantic reputation and definitely rates a second visit.

Arc de Triomph at the top of the Champs Elysees

On top of the Arc de Triomph, the Eiffel Tower looks deceptively small in the background

Look! It's Notre Dame!

Moulin Rouge at night

Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles

The streets of Montmarte

Sacre Coeur


-Ann said...

I definitely want to go back there in the summer or autumn. Paris in the winter is great, but cold and probably an entirely different experience. I can tell you there wasn't any strolling around streets, eating ice cream. More like racing through streets to avoid being turned into ice cubes.

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