[stextbox id=”info”]My partner Mike and I went to Paris last month. These are shots captured. Also reference the Analog Tweets from Paris series, as this may give you some context. The shots/slides are available to view on Flickr, and are hidden behind a cut so as not to make Livejournal explode.[/stextbox]
Montparnasse Tower actually extends higher than the Eiffel tower, giving the most complete aerial view of Paris. Yet two more Parisians decided to lay down for a nap in the middle of the observation deck. I let them keep their shoes.
The female security guard searched the bags of anyone she thought was American – I was not one of them, and I wisely kept my mouth shut. A tour group there at the same time as Mike and I (we did not join any formal tour groups on this trip) consisted of people from Poland and Germany, and one man, in an attempt to chat me up, began speaking at me rapidly in German. I vaguely kept up, since at least my first year of high school German was not the tragic waste that my second year was, and I managed to suss out he wanted to know which window gave a view to the Eiffel tower.
The view, gotten on our last full day in Paris, gave me an idea for future travels. I now have a strategy:
Day 1: get to the high ground. Go to the highest point. See the area. (In Hawaii, that was easy as it was the first thing you saw leaving the apartment. Not so easy in Paris, as there’s a lot of ways to accomplish that, most sans elevators, and most of that sans elevator stuff involves climbs that makes the most ardent of my gym buddies cringe.) It gives you at least some context for the area you’re exploring.
Day 2: Take a seated tour that takes you through the streets. We had planned to take a bus or boat tour and just never did, which was just as well. Even so, in the next place we go, I’ll probably do exactly that after I see the area from the highest point. Again, it builds context – you get to see more landmarks, become more familiar with the territory and establish a stronger sense of place and boundaries.