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Day 118: Paris teases me

August 10th, 2011

Even though I picked my rail route through Europe knowing that I wouldn’t be staying in any one city long enough to take in a the sights and culture, I had told myself that I wasn’t going to plan an hourly agenda and that I wanted to spend several hours in at least just one spot where I could absorb the local atmosphere. I’m finding that I really have to remember this, especially now that I’m having difficulty getting Couchsurf hosts who can/want to show me around. Many of the travelers I’ve met at hostels are also too busy with their own trips and schedules to take time to chat.

There are still a few exceptions, thankfully. All the locals that I happened to talk to were very friendly. I also had a wonderful conversation, with another traveler at the hostel, over a fantastic meal at La Cave Cafe in the Montmarte district of Paris. Even if it was only for dinner, it served to remind me that there are motivated, smart, talented, and kind people everywhere still. After dinner, I struck out on my own to see the tourist sites without the tourist crowds.

The combination of a cool summer night air, a friendly bus driver, quiet and safe streets, and Paris’ rich architecture and history made for a memorable stroll. The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame have teased me into wanting to come back again to spend more time in the streets of Paris.

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  1. August 20th, 2011 at 20:07 | #1

    So I am wondering — in your travels, do you miss having your own bed?

    • August 21st, 2011 at 07:29 | #2

      That is really a great question! I can’t say that I miss my own bed. I’ve actually slept on some very comfortable mattresses and some of the train bunks have even been great. Oddly enough, I miss having a dresser – a place to organize my clothes and things more easily. I’m a bit tired of rotating through the same clothes and living out of a bag. I also do miss driving/motorcycling and the flexibility of being able to get myself around.

  2. from SD
    August 24th, 2011 at 07:26 | #3

    The Paris graffiti looks like the graffiti we see in LA.
    I didn’t know about graffiti art globalization.
    It may be too little time to get to know and enjoy Paris in such a short stay.

    • August 24th, 2011 at 08:15 | #4

      It was definitely not enough time to know Paris but I did enjoy it and want to go back some day.

  3. August 29th, 2011 at 15:00 | #5

    I never thought about missing a dresser, but I totally get it. When I was in Jamaica that one summer, I initially didn’t have a dresser and it was really annoying (and I was staying in the same place!).@xg

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