|We were enthralled with the lights of the Eiffel Tower. We made the video of the light show below.|
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With neither of us, particularly interested in big cities, I surprised myself when at the onset of our travels in 2012, I mentioned to Tom it would be nice to visit Paris and London if, after all, we were on a mission to “see the world.”
|This view is from the corner near our hotel which was a short distance from the Eiffel Tower.|
How could one strive to travel the world and not visit these two historic cities rife with culture and art? The conversation never came up again until a year later when Tom suggested we go to Normandy, France on a small group private tour while on a cruise docked in Le Havre.
|Statue on the bridge of the River Seine.|
Although, at the time, not much of a history and war facts buff, I suggested a trade-off (with tongue in cheek). My compromise? Let’s do Normandy and then stay for 15 days each in Paris and London. Tom agreed.
|We assume this longboat on the Seine may actually be a river cruise ship.|
It didn’t take him long to realize he wasn’t the best negotiator in the world. My end of the “bargain” was considerably more expensive, time-consuming, and comprehensive. As it turned out, I too, felt the power and emotion of visiting Normandy and have since changed my interests to lean toward Tom’s vast knowledge and interest in world history.
|Driving into the city of Paris was an experience in itself.|
No, he didn’t love the hustle and bustle of Paris, although he thoroughly enjoyed the sites we visited. But, overall he felt more at ease in South Kensington when we stayed in the fantastic historical, and artsy area, away from some of the commotion in the center of London.
|Crossing the bridge over the Seine. Each day we walked no less than 5 miles, 8 km.|
Over the next few weeks, we’ll share some of our favorite photos from our 15 nights in Paris and later the photos from our 15 nights in South Kensington, within walking distance of some of the finest museums in the world.
|The streets are lined with one café, bistro, and restaurant after another. We’ll never have trouble finding great dining establishments.|
At that time, I wasn’t drinking wine nor did I consume any of the foods restricted on my ongoing low carb diet. It was in 2016 that I decided to try drinking wine again, and from there, I’ve loved it.
|The lobby of our boutique hotel in Paris, across the road from the train station.|
As mentioned, I haven’t had a glass of wine since February. Alcoholic beverages continue to be banned in India during the lockdown. Even if it becomes available in India, while we are here, we’ll both continue to abstain until we leave here.
|Looking out the window of our hotel to the train station. We couldn’t have been in a more perfect location.|
Taxes on wine and other alcoholic beverages in India is 34% plus, prices are high. It’s just not worth it to either of us. We’ll wait until we get to Africa or another country to have an official “happy hour.”
|Tom, standing in what may be the smallest elevator on the planet. It took a few trips to get out bags up to our room.|
Of course, while in Paris, the first site we were determined to see was the Eiffel Tower judged by the number of photos we’re posting today. It was more magnificent than we’d expected, especially at night as shown in our video above.
As for now, the continuing dreadful news of the spread of COVID-19 throughout the world gives us little hope of getting out of here anytime soon. Each day, we resign ourselves further as to the magnitude of the imposed lockdown we continue to bear, along with others throughout the world.
This dinner salad was perfect for our late night supper at a local outdoor cafe.
We pray for the safety of our loved ones, friends, readers/friends, and those suffering in every corner of the world, including those who’ve lost loved ones and have been stricken with this dreadful virus.
Photo from one year ago today, August 3, 2019:
|An island in a small lake in Connemara, Ireland. For more photos, please click here.|