I am back from Paris! I have so much to tell you!
The Northeast was hit with a big blizzard while I was away.
Part of me was happy to avoid it, but the other part was sad to get pics from home and know that I was missing the excitement and sledding and cozying up indoors that blizzards bring. Shoveling – no. Hot cocoa by the fire – yes.
As much as I was dreading the trip, I ended up (kinda) enjoying it. For once, we ended up with some free time for a little sightseeing.
I bought a selfie stick at the Eiffel Tower. So américaine of me! It was worth the 5 euros for the amount of laughs we got. Here is a photo of me saying “How the heck do you work this thing?” while it was snapping away at us. Most of the pictures were some variation on this theme.
The sightseeing was whirlwind.
Of course, there was the Eiffel Tower…
And a million pretty buildings…
And the Seine…
We took a stroll down the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and huffed and puffed all the way to the top.
I thought I would die, but OH MAN(!), it was worth it! The sun was setting when we reached the top and it was nothing short of spectacular.
There’s that tower again…
Everything lit up after the sun set. It was breathtaking. They don’t call it the City of Lights for nothing.
View from the top (gulp… that’s a lot of stairs).
We walked and walked and walked… over the river and past the palaces and down the quais. It was quite an unexpected adventure for a country mouse like me.
I logged 29,469 steps on my fitness tracker in one day, which has to be some kind of record! It made up for all of the cheese and wine and crepes. Maybe.
As fun as it was, it is sooooooo great to finally be home. Yay HOME! My bed! My cat! My boys! My Tom! My strange routines!
By the way, someone got a hold of my selfie stick and it’s his new favorite thing. As you can see, our technique still leaves some room for improvement.