We spent a weekend in Paris a few weeks ago and it was definitely one of my favorite travels so far. The city is amazingly beautiful and very different from any I have visited in my time in Spain. I’m not sure if it is true of all of France or simply of Paris, but the architecture and mannerisms are so very different from Spain. I fell in love with the use of greys, off whites and blues used in the architecture since it fit so perfectly with the atmosphere and weather of the area. I was also surprised, not always pleasantly, by the overwhelming use of English to reply to any inquiries made in French. Admittedly, my French is rather poor at the moment because of my constant use of Spanish, but I still think it unfair of them to constantly reply back in English when you are obviously attempting to converse in French.
We arrived at the airport in the mid-afternoon and our first excursion into French tourism was a visit to the Eiffel Tower. We took the elevators all the way to the very top in order to get a real feel for (or rather, view of) the city. It was fun to look at everything spread out, but it was freaking cold! The wind was definitely high and I decided my first order of business was to buy one of those French scarves being sold on every street corner. That night we hit up the red light district of Paris and saw the Moulin Rouge in all its neon lit glory. We also stopped by Sacre Coeur, a beautiful French cathedral that has so far been my favorite in all of Europe for the interior with lots of magnificent arches and light grey stone. Saturday afternoon was devoted to the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Notre Dame with the night spent shopping along L’Avenue de Champs-Elysee and seeing the Arc de Triomphe with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We didn’t have much time on Sunday so I got up early to take a tour of the towers of Notre Dame, famous for their gargoyles, or more accurately, chimeras. The statues were absolutely amazing! I am ridiculously glad that I took the time to go, for surely that was my greatest memory of Paris.
EDIT: Here are some pictures of Paris. I forgot to post them earlier.