|Me and the Tower
See, its only about a meter taller than me. Note the Paris 2012 sign on the Tower.
I wrote some stuff last night on the Metro, so I'll be using it as source material for whatever's coming next.
Had work. Nothing particularly interesting, however Chinese food in France is different, yet tasty.
After work headed down to Palais de Chaillot to see the fountains and the Eiffel Tower again. Funny that it seems to be my central focus. This time at the Tower, I actually put down the 10.70€ to get to the very top (not just the second level like last time (but this time, I took the luxurious elevator)). I picked a good time to get there too, as it only took about 10 minutes to get all the way up. I stayed up there until sundown (hours, I tell you!). It was beautiful.
There are a ton of foreign tourists here. Like New York, but more so. I can spot the Americans from a mile off, with their Khakis and their complete lack of street-smarts (was your head built on top?).
Went to see the little Statue of Liberty. Very interesting to see. I wanted to say a few words to her, but I felt the fishermen would be annoyed by my prattling on about US politics—especially since France is so worked up about the EU Constitution now. Something like: "The money made here says, 'Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.' Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood. Where I come from, the money says, 'In God We Trust,' with 'Liberty' almost as a footnote. That worries me."
Sorry about that sudden political turn.
On another tack, this trip is quite unusual and new for me. This is the first time I've left North America. It's the first time I've needed and used a passport, the first time I've really, truly travelled alone, and got myself out to do my own style of sight-seeing. I never go out with a plan, per se, but I always go out with a camera, and my guidebook to get me home again.
Funny: Even in Paris, the subway feels welcoming.
This has been fun. Welcome to Wednesday.