17.05.2013 60 °F
Paris, how much time do you have? Our 5 days were not even close to enough.
As far as I can see it would take a lifetime to see and explore all of the sites and immerse yourself into all of the history and culture here.
Not to mention the gastronomy.
I gained about a pound a day, eating twice as much as usual and feeling my tongue swell to the over indulgence of exquisite vintage French red wine while bits of brie cheese were stuck in my teeth. The best part was having inebriated conversations with sober French people whilst probably spraying small bits of that cheese out of my teeth upon them, but since I could not understand them, I would assume that the reason they were smiling at me and speaking in their local tongue insulting me gracefully was that I depicted the typical American tourist. But I did not care for on the most part the French are very friendly folk and I was happy to drink as much of their wine and eat as much of their cheese until I hit NIRVANA!
If I was to live in France I would be fat and happy till I died of a heart attack. ( But not a bad way to go )
I was a regular at this establishment. I was tagged on the first night the Idiot American. I had given the waiter a $10 euro tip. But every night after that the service was great and the drinks got bigger and bigger. (HA! Who is the Idiot now?)
Hanging at the Rouge with Miles.
At Tid bit for ya, the Moulin Rouge building has been in operation since 1889. The area was once coverd in vineyards, and dotted with windmills for making flour. People came to this area for the wine (HA, JUST LIKE ME) and stayed in the country ins that competed for guests by putting on dance shows called "Cabarets". Today the Moulin Rouge (red mill) is the the only one left.
The Arc de Triomphe
As I stand in front of most of the Arc, I had to laugh for it is also called by the French Arc de too late. For the late Emperor Napoleon orderd an arc of triumph be built to commemorate his victories in battle. Trouble was that his vision was so big that it took 30 years to build. By the time Napoleon had been kicked out of France the royals were back in power. Luckily King Louis-Philippe did not hold a grudge and eventually he allowed the arch to be completed. The Arch also stands in the middle of the Palace Charles de Gaulle, which itself is in the center of the worlds largest traffic roundabout- called the greand Axe- where twelve avenues meet.
So since I mentioned the wee man Napoleon it is fitting to have a look at his Tomb.
Safely tucked away is the body of Napoleon inside this coffin. Opps did I say coffin, I ment his body has been placed into 5 separate coffns and then been put inside the tomb. The tomb is kept in a chapel that is part of a museum called Les Invalides.
I Guss they might be worried that he might get out and start another revolution.
Enjoying the park around the Eiffel Tower with my sweet heart.
The view from the top is fabulous. It stands at 1063 ft. (about as high as a 80 story building) It took 2 years to put the 18,038 pieces of wrought iron together, starting works in 1887 and completed 1889.
The Notre Dame Cathedral beats out the Eiffel Tower as the largest tourist destination in France. There are storeys among the priests that the ghost of the Hunchback bell ringer is still haunting the Cathedral.
Of course you can not visit Paris with out a local artist drawing you.
When Paris fell to the Prussians in 1871, many Parisians saw it as a sign they were being punished for not having lived decently in the eyes of God. To make up for their sins, and to honour those who died, they built the Sacre-Coeur.
Our attempt of fitting in on the Paris art scene.
Whent for a visit in the Pere Lanchaise Cemetery to say HI to Jim Morrison. Even in death Jim gets no peace, for his grave is the most visited gave in the Cemetery. Also recently they have had to put a fence around his grave to keep people from doing all sorts of interesting things on it. Also during the peak tourist season Mr Morrison has his own personal guard to keep the wild visitors from doing the things they should not be doing. But even with all this security, Jim still has plenty of beers and other assorted "fresh offerings" upon his grave.
One of the many street performances we saw.
Stunning Museum, that was converted from an old railway station.