Well, I’ve had very little time and I’ve also been exhausted. Jason can blame his exhaustion on his need to poop, but I don’t think I can blame mine on that. I don’t know if it’s the cold sucking the energy out of me or if it’s all of the walking we’ve been doing but by the end of the day I’m ready for bed. Actually I’m ready for a bath with the most wonderful product from Sephora that you can’t get in the States and then bed. (BTW that product is a fizzing sugar cube that comes in a bunch of scents and only costs 1€, which equals about $1.20. It’s heaven sent down to me in a little rectangular shape. Why can’t US Sephora sell them? Because God is punishing me for not being European.)
Here are the things we’ve done so far:
- The Louvre
- Notre Dame (I walked the 400 steps to the top of the tower and then back down again. I damn near had a heart attack doing it, but I did it)
- Champs-Elysees (This is where the Louis Vuitton Store is, along with a Sephora)
- Musee d’Orsay
- Centre Pompidou
- Arc du Triomphe (Another 287 steps here, yet again almost had a heart attack)
- BHV (best department store ever)
- Bon Marche (another department store but really snooty. Like 600€ for a skirt snooty)
- Le Petit Prince Shop
- Oscar Wilde’s Hotel
- Pere Lachaise Cemetery (Jim Morrison & Oscar Wilde are buried here, plus some other people but we didn’t have time to visit all of the sites since it was almost closing time when we got there)
I’m sure I’m forgetting some things, which is why I should have been making posts all along. And please note that the Eiffel Tower is not on this list. While we've seen the Eiffel from a distance we haven't actually been to it yet. I simply love the idea that you can come to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower the first day. I'm not sure why the amuses me so much but it does.
So far I’ve learned many things while here:
- French department stores have everything you could ever want under one roof. Seriously, what do you need? A shirt? Got it! A washing machine? Got it! A chandelier? Got it! A spool of thread? Got it! A greeting card? Got it!
- The French drive the smallest cars I have ever seen. The biggest thing we’ve seen has been a RAV4. Everything else is about the size of a closed in riding lawnmower.
- On Sundays all the crazies come out to ride the Metro. They bring karaoke machines on the cars and sing and dance. They make up their own music on the platforms and put on shows. It’s free entertainment!
- If you don’t speak French you are going to have to pay for water in a café. Not only will you pay for it but you’ll end up paying 5€ for it. I’m convinced this is just the price you must pay as an American.
- If you stop at a café and the place is filled with tourists, move on. Otherwise you will pay 8€ for a glass of Coca-Cola Light. (Yeah, that’s about $9.40 for a Diet Coke)
- Jason WILL NOT allow his picture to taken in any kind of touristy way. Most pictures I’ve taken of him have been on the sly.
- I’m not hip enough to understand a lot of modern art.
- If you dress right you’ll be confused for an Irish or English girl and not an American one. Better service is received this way.
- French children are more stylish than American ones. Hell, French children are more stylish than me.
I have posted some pictures from the trip here: Paris Pictures. The thing about them is this, our camera is not that great. It's good for quick pictures and things along those lines, but for zooming and taking really good detailed images it's not ideal. So please don't expect Dooce caliber pictures from my tiny Canon Elph. Also, I'm adding pictures pretty frequently so check back often.
I can't believe we've been here for less than a week. I can't believe we still have a week in London left. And then more time back in Paris. Do I ever have to come home? Can I just have my animals shipped to me?