I’ve been back from Paris for a couple of days now (go to the forums to see some pics!) and I’m all unpacked and rested and can talk about it now.
I had an awesome time. First of all, I met up with a very close friend of mine from Canada. I grew up with her and we’re practically like sisters, and I hadn’t seen her since I left a year and a half ago (for the record, I have not been back to Canada since then. Europe is too distracting.) So that rocked. Second of all, there’s all these horror stories going around about how Parisians are rude and snobby and hate everyone (especially anyone that speaks English, or German) but it’s totally not true. People were mostly even friendly to us. Word to the wise….if you go to Paris, -try- to speak some french. You can butcher it, you can do horribly, but if you try they will gladly answer you in English. If you really can’t, say ‘Parlez vous anglais?’…make sure you ask in French. I think they just really consider it rude to be approached in English. Also, learn a thing or two about restaurant and store ettiquette and you’re good to go and everyone is nice enough!
I did all the -main- stuff to do in Paris. I went shopping, I ate (amazing food by the way…I’m not sure how they make that bread but the croissants and bread are the best I’ve ever had), went up the Eiffel tower (took the STAIRS!!!), saw the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay. the Musee d’Orsay was especially great to me…I love impressionism and have loved these artists since I was a child. I remember admiring Monet when I was around 8. I had to go kind of last minute before I left to catch my flight but I’m glad I fitted it in. I would have been heartbroken if I went to Paris and didn’t see this museum! I didn’t catch MANY other museums (there are sooo many), and I didn’t see Versailles (outside the city a bit) or Notre Dame, but you can bet I’ll be back soon!