was my absolute favorite. everything from the language, to the locals' innate classiness, to the all natural way the women wear their hair. it was a huge city so full of history and culture and truly full of romance. and you get into it. we stayed with mike's cousin and her husband - they took us in with such unreserved hospitality it blew my mind though i know to them it was nothing. their place was a little farther out of paris than i thought, but i loved the feel of a true parisian suburb. and the metro rides gave me more opportunity to observe the people - because at the end of the day that's what i was most interested in (and food!)
estee and cipri's (pronounced chipree) lovely home. they have a fig tree growing right outside, it was such a delight - everytime we left for the train station i'd pick off like five of them. times the five days we were there, that makes 25 less ripe figs on that tree. dang.
a forced walk through the park on the first day to keep us awake - i was dozing off by 5pm paris time.
at the louvre (ps a "must see" but we did not last very long. i think i have determined i'm more interested in the modern arts)
mona lisa (the blurry tiny painting behind me ;)
a preserved original piece of the louvre. it used to be a giant castle. that's pretty fascinating. i always think of game of thrones when i see castles - noblemen, ladies, barbarians, etc. lots of bad things too.
nothing like a texture break
lovers bridge - alla and mike had an extra lock for us so we were able to contribute and leave our mark. i wonder how often people are able to come back and see their locks. there were some old ones.
hotel de ville
used french books - i wanted to buy a bunch just to have. especially children's books, in case we decide to teach our kids french
the eiffel tower by night is quite breathtaking - it's just nuts how iconic this simple tower has become
this is me probably trying to figure out where we should eat
this is us looking for a restaurant. a very common occurrence.
anywho - thanks for reading. next up is brussels!