I’ve just got back from Paris, and once again I have to say that there’s just no place like it. The occasion was my son’s participation in the annual Marathon de Paris and again he did himself proud. But one shouldn’t need an excuse to visit Paris. My brother once told me that the thing that appealed about Manhattan was that every building told a story, and that’s true enough, but in Paris this is even more true. I don’t think anywhere makes city life more appealing. This year we finally took a trip on a bateau mouche, and also spent more time in the Latin Quarter, between the Boulevards St Michel and St Germain – a location scandalously neglected from previous visits. The area is virtually all restaurants and bars, serving anything at any price. And all within a 30-minute metro ride of anywhere in the city. There are no dull areas in Paris.
The next little trip is to our own fair capital city of London, because those nice people at Tesco have given us some vouchers for the Marriott just out of town. I hope that Marriott Hotels realise that consorting with Tesco maybe isn’t in their best interests, but not until after we’ve checked out. I’m still hoping that I can get to the third great western metropolis, New York, before the summer ends.
April 17th, 2012 at 17:38
I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Paris! I would have donated again this year for your son but didn’t know. I hope all went well.
April 18th, 2012 at 12:22
I wouldn’t ask you again, Al. Thanks again for last year’s donation. I think he got about $1000 this year.
I suggest that you act on your wishes and come over to Europe. If there’s only time for one short visit then Paris has to be first on the list. But there’s plenty of other places right here too.