Posted by: vlibrizzi | August 27, 2009

Sis and Me in Gay Paris!

On Tuesday, my sister arrived in Paris. She stayed with us for two days before meeting up with some friends to go on a winery tour in Burgundy and the Loire Valley with some friends. 

Since we only had two days together, we tried to cram in as much of Paris as we could…she was determined to see all the photo-worthy places that she had read about in her guidebook, or had heard about.

To be honest, it was the fastest I’ve seen the major tourist-y sights in Paris ever! 

On the first day we visited the Latin Quarter, walked into the Notre Dame cathedral, breezed through the Deportation memorial, had lunch at a creperie (yum!) on Ile St. Louis, quickly toured Sainte- Chapelle, and then metro-ed over to the Eiffel Tower. 

Then, on the second day, we went to the Musee d’Orsay (she had been to the Louvre before or else we would have gone there instead), had lunch in the Tuileries Gardens, saw the Arc de Triomphe, walked along the Rue de Rivoli, took the train back to Fontainebleau, and then visited the Fontainebleau chateau. 

So as you can see….it was a whirlwind of a trip.

But, reflecting on it now, I honestly don’t feel like I really showed my sister much of Paris. Sure, she saw a lot of tourist-y sights, and in fact, she “saw Paris,”….but she didn’t visit any of the cute neighborhoods (like the Marais or the area around the Canal St. Martin), she didn’t sit in a cafe sipping an espresso for hours, she didn’t browse in the shops near the Madeline or Rue de Bac….

No, sadly, she didn’t really see the parts of Paris that, I guess, I’ve grown to love the most. And to be honest, I worry that most tourists don’t see those parts either. 

I guess that’s why one picks up and moves to France (or anywhere new) then—to really get to know a place. 

Who knows how well it has worked for us….but it’s been a fun 8 months so far!

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