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Friday, August 19, 2011

City of Light

After spending 2 action packed weeks in England, we took the Eurostar train from London to Paris, to enjoy a week in the city of lights. There is something quite humbling about being in a country, where you do not speak or read the language fluently. However, having read that the French people can usually speak English, AFTER you have made an effort to converse in French, we did just that, and put forth  our very best effort each and every time we were out and had to  order from a menu, or inquire about something. Being Canadian, and being exposed to the French language on all our packaging and having learned some French in school, did help...but we were still pretty lame at it! However, the French people seemed amused and grateful that we were trying our best to learn their language, and were very friendly towards us. My son who always hated having to take French in school suddenly seemed to be enjoying this new way of communicating, and actually admitted that speaking French was fun!

Our apartment was a quick 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, so obviously that was our first stop in this very beautiful city.


 This is the view we had from our apartment window.

 There certainly was a lot of action outside our apartment, and it was quite entertaining to watch the world go by from the comfort of our living room.  We got around on  Batobus which cruised along the river Seine, and made stops at certain landmarks and attractions along the way.



We also took the Metro, which is the subway system in Paris and we walked everywhere, we must have walked 5 or 6 miles everyday! Walking was a great way to explore the streets of Paris, and who would have thought that we would have seen this:

 Or especially this!







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6 comments:

Duni said...

Gorgeous photos, Susan!
You're looking great and so relaxed :)
People in Paris speak too fast!

BeadedTail said...

I can count to 20 in French but that's about all I remember from school! I would love to visit one day though. It's a beautiful city and you look like you're having a great time!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing them! I also wanted to tell you how much I love the bracelet in the center of your photo banner at the top of your blog! It's beautiful!

Gwynnie B said...

Just got back from my first trip to Paris and felt "homesick" after seeing your beautiful photos!

Looks like you're having a great holiday :)

Gwynie

Lin said...

We have a French intern at work for a few months and she really speaks English well. She really tries to master her English while she is here, so I help her with phrases and such. I tease her all the time though, that her French accent gets her whatever she wants--it is crazy! Americans LOVE her French accent.

What an incredible adventure you had! I have really enjoyed hearing about what you did and seeing your photos.

ChatElaine said...

Well I still havent got to Paris yet but its at the very top of my list. Now you can get through from St. Pancreas I want to try a day trip. My daughter went with the school couple of years ago and loved it. Louvre is my top priority when I'm there! Lovely photos and yes the french do like it when you try and speak there language however badly in my case!! Ha ha!!

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