March 31 – April 2, 2007
If I were to pick a city to move to in Europe, Paris would probably be at the top of the list. The city has the same exciting energy that New York has, but doesnâ€™t feel like it would burn me out. The buildings and parks are gorgeous, the people watching is some of the best around, and the wine is cheaper than soft drinks. Food isnâ€™t half assed. All meals seem to take at least two hours, which is both wonderful and frustrating (when you just want to eat and run – how very unFrench of me).
The city and Seine are built for walking around, the density is nicely mixed to keep it interesting. La Tour and Jardin des Tuileries were wonderful, and held up well. The city seemed to have the same fog/smog mixture as LA â€“ it made for wonderful sunsets. Watching the moon rise over Les Invalides is an image that will stick with me for a long time.
If you are leaving the city by rental car, make sure you have rental car reservations before you get to the airport… more on that later.