Not alone in Paris, day one
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In need of an escape from the horrible summer we had in The Netherlands in 2011, I saw an opportunity to combine a couple of things I love when a two-day TravBuddy meet-up in Paris, France was being organized. The things I love? Paris, architecture, meeting new people and old friends alike, sun, photography, French cuisine, travelling and driving. With nothing but rain and misery (weather-wise) back home, it didn’t take me very long to sign up for the Paris meet-up.
This meet-up also gave me a chance to do something I don’t normally do when in Paris; be a tourist. I’ve been to Paris a good many times, but never as a tourist in the classic meaning of the word. You know: that condescending use of the word which describes a person who travels to a destination without enjoying the journey, who, once there, does nothing but visit the superficial highlights of the place and hurries from one location to the other while most of the time hiding behind a camera that enables this person to capture all the sights and sites, but prevents him/her from really seeing a place.
I’ve you started reading this blog at the very beginning, you know I love Paris. This time I had a chance to see Paris from a totally different angle; the tourist point of view. In hindsight I can tell you it added a layer, confirmed some preconceptions about being a tourist and, best of all, shattered many of them. It’s nice to be a tourist every once in a while. In contrast to above description, I did enjoy the journey and I did more than just visit the highlights. For example, I met up with one of my closest friends, who is living in Paris for the greater part of a decade now. Also, I once again met TravBuddies I had met on previous meet-ups and I met Tersia, one of my most recent added TB-friends. She and I had had great interactions on the site, and now I got to meet her in person.
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but if you want a minute-to-minute account of what we did these two days, I happily refer you to the pages of the other TravBuddies that joined the Meet-up :) One thing I will share though: when visiting Paris as a tourist, you are never alone.