Of France- Paris

Ah Paris!

I love the way they tie their scarves around their necks! I love how graceful carrying a baguette around can make one look (I think you have to be french for this. I would look ludicrous carrying around a loaf of bread like an accessory!). I love the french architecture, and the weather, the rains, the green of the trees framed against the lovely gray skies, the sound of their language, the street musicians that fill the atmosphere with beautiful soul-lifting music, the food, the complete abandon with which they make out in public (I swear, at the Luxembourg gardens, we saw a couple who might as well have been having sex! There was never a moment where the expressionGet a Roooom!! would have been more apt!)… everything!

We were in Paris only for 2 nights, and we did the usual Eiffel Tower – Louvre .. etc. What we did different was… we went around the city in vespas! :D  We were a bunch of brightly dressed tourists, in 6 vespas (with one couple with the kids in a cab, leading the way), and I guess we were quite a sight, cos there were actually people on the road taking pictures of our little procession.  For a change, I guess we the tourists, got clicked! :D

entourage of shiny vespas

This was on our second day there. The first day, we traveled like the locals, on the metro. It was fun, trying to explain where we wanted to go and how many tickets we wanted to buy! But everyone was very helpful, contrary to what we were warned, and we managed to gesticulate our way through. :)

communicating without words :)

The Eiffel Tower almost killed me! I actually climbed the 700 steps to the second floor summit and then took the lifts up to the top. I would not recommend that you do this, cos you will wake up the next day and while the rest of your body is raring to go, your legs will refuse to comply, and forcing it onto the floor will only cause even more pain, with the balls of your feet being all sore and tender from your adventures the previous day.

they number the steps so you know where you are, and how much more you have left!

The Luxembourg gardens are lovely, and when we  got there, I heard beautiful music playing- violins, my favourite! And the cello too.  I followed the music to a pavilion and found performers were children! The parents were sitting in the audience, listening proudly. We wandered off, tired after our herculean climb of the Eiffel Tower, to a nearby cafe where we ordered wine and sat there, enjoying the music and the scenery.

the orchestra

I expected Paris to be proud and snobby. I expected it to be stylish and flamboyant. Instead, I encountered subtly chic and graceful people who were friendly and helpful.  I was pleasantly surprised, after everything I’d heard about their refusal to speak English and rudeness to foreigners and whatnot. My french was as bad as their English, but we managed to make ourselves understood just the same. The willingness to communicate more than compensated for the language barrier, and as I got on to the train to Bordeaux, I wished I had more time to explore Paris.

at a cafe at the Luxembourg gardens

I’ll have to go back, for sure. I just don’t know when.

Tour Eiffel

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15 thoughts on “Of France- Paris

    • Sanjana says:

      been to the UK already. Will go again, but so many more new places to see… dunno when it’ll happen.

      But yeah… Paris was lovely. So was Bordeaux and the rest of it. Stay tuned! :D

  1. Sig says:

    Oh my gosh! I am so incredibly jealous! Paris has been on my go-to list forever and u have made me want to go even more! What beautiful photos and memories :)

  2. nmaha says:

    I guess France is a dream destination for a lot of us and you’ve already experienced a part of that dream. Loved the post and the topic.

  3. hAAthi says:

    I visited Paris when I was just 19, and it was a trip I made all by myself. It was so filled with adventure, the most awesome food, and the most memorable people stories Iv lived to see. It is such a city that leaves you begging for more. I had a whole week, and even that wasn’t enough. It has since been on my must-go-back list of places. Maybe next year..inshallah!

    • Sanjana says:

      wow! Nice! That’s kinda a perfect age to visit a place like Paris. You’re still young enough to feel romantic about travel in general and Paris would be the icing on the cake!

      And loooook at you, using *inshallah* and all, like you’re from Dxb! :D

      When do you plan on visiting Dxb then?

      • hAAthi says:

        hahaha dxb it seems. its a very indian thing also you know?!
        oh dxb, who knows.. maybe enroute to europe or elsewhere. though having just gotten back from a fairly longish holiday, i dont know how soon the next one will be.

        lets see, things might change and surprise me on the way :)

        • Sanjana says:

          Stop by on your way to Paris! :D
          And I had no idea it was an Indian thing to say. Whenever I use it in India people look at me blankly and then say ” you’re not a muslim are you?”

          • hAAthi says:

            yes, the last time I went to paris it was through dxb, a la emirates awesome flying experience. it will most probably be the same the next time too. but when and how, is yet to be figured out :)

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