09.09.2006 - 09.09.2006
Paris was reallllllly busy. There were so many people there and so many things to see.
We flew into some airport in the middle of nowhere (because that's what cheap airlines like Ryanair do to you). Rim and I semi-sucessfully ordered breakfast at the airport, but neither of us escaped the sniggering of the cashier at our French. We both took three years of it in high school - it took me all four days to be able to order a meal without the waiter or cashier translating something for me (although much pointing was still involved).
First, we met up with Rim's girlfriend, Katie, and her posse (her sister, Jen, and her sister's fiance, Alastair). We spent most of our three days in France with them, as Alastair had a detailed schedule of things to do and Rim and I had, well, nothing. We climbed to the top of Notre Dame for an awesome view of the city and I took a million photos. The gargoyles were odd and sometimes morbid. One of them was like a wolf eating a rabbit. Interesting tidbit: all of the religious bells at Notre Dame are baptized. The one we saw was named Emmanuel.
Apres sa, we went to the Eiffel Tower. It cost quite a bit to take the lift up to the top, but it was worth it. We got up there just in time to see the sun set over Paris. So I took about three million photos (until these two guys with professional photo equipment came up on either side of me and intimidated me, squashing my dreams of publishing my lovely photos). When it got dark, the tower lit up and we could see flashes from people's cameras from the ground. They looked kind of like tiny fireworks going off all over the ground. It was very cool.
The next day we saw a bunch of stuff that I don't remember because I forgot to bring my camera with me.
Day three was spent in the Louvre. We were expecting to pay 8 euros to get in, but apparently it's free the first Sunday of every month, so woohoo. I looked at a bunch of paintings, but I thought the sculptures were much cooler, so I spent most of my time in this indoor courtyard filled with statues. I saw the Mona Lisa as well, although it was quite anti-climactic and not nearly as cool as the Venus de Milo.
That's about it. Overall, the city was pretty, but crowded. Plus, speaking French is hard.