Thursday, April 15, 2010


Paris. There is so much to say about this city. Sarah and I arrived and spent the night in a hostel on the outskirts of town... needless to say our Paris trip was spontaneous. We were looking for the cheapest way to get to Paris when we returned to Milan from Rome and discovered buses... Sarah and I hooped on a bus one night and drove to Paris to arrive for the sunrise. Luckily, we had fairly decent weather and the trees were just starting to bloom showing off a hint of spring and beautiful city.

We took a bike tour to help us orientate ourselves with the city a little better. The tour group was great, they're an American based company, so all the tours are in English and they know their way around the city very well. There were so many cites to see: the Tower, the Louvre, Tuileries Gardens, L'Arc de Triomphe, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Napoleon's extravagant tomb, Champs Elysées, Wall of Peace, Ecole much beautiful architecture, and history!

Sarah and I explored the eiffel tower one morning and afterwards the Notre Dame. I'll admit I had to conquer my fear of heights as we climbed the first two legs of the tower. Walking up the steps and saying to myself, millions of people have done this before me seems the only way this is possible. Strangely enough I felt a little foolish when the small child ran up the steps next to me, but oh well... The eiffel tower was a lot of fun and Sarah and I continually took pictures next to the signs that showed where Milan, Italy is pointed to or New York. The top had a great view of the city and the day could not have been more perfect. The Notre Dame was a beautiful Cathedral set in the original area of the city that drew thousands of people the day we were there. Luckily, there is an English tour on certain days of the week that we got to join in on. I learned so much more about the Church's history than I would have, had I just been reading a guide book...

We spent the majority of our days just walking around Paris the city we decided was one giant park with buildings places in the middle of it. There are many trees and grassy areas lining the streets and for me, it was nice to see greenery again... I am way to used to acres at home and not concrete building which are in Milan still.

Paris was perfect and I will admit Sarah and I were both completely spent by the time we finished our holiday, but it was a wonderful break that I would repeat in a minute. Whenever I returned to Milan I felt as if I was returning home, which is a feeling that brings a smile to my face. It is nice to feel a bit of comfort in where you are living. I am glad to be back to the city, to my mind, that never sleeps...

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  1. I couldn't climb up the tower when I went. too chicken. I was frightened to death to kiss the blarney stone but did it. And I crawled up the stairs of St. Christopher's (I think that was the one) cathedral in London. but, I went ziplining in Mexico in February over canyons and waterfalls and had an absolute blast.

  2. Sounds like so much fun. The pictures are great.


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