T-8 hours and counting...
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As an avid traveler there are tons of places that I want to visit. The list of the countries I'd like to visit is limited only by the number of countries that exist on the earth. As you can imagine, with such a massive "to-do" list I have to make the most of each opportunity to see new places. My interest for traveling was first sparked while I was in the military. During the course of my time in the army I was able to see a wide variety of places and cultures, but it was always on the army's rigid and inflexible time constraints. Sure, military travel has delays and layovers; this is the norm rather than the exception. Unfortunately, the military does not allow soldiers to just take off and run around town whenever there is a delay enroute to a deployment.
Now that I am out from under the US Army's thumb, I have learned to relax more while I travel. I took a civilian job, and I typically use Charles de Gaulle airport as a hub. One chilly May morning I flew into the airport and hunkered down for a lengthy layover. As I stared out the windows I began to wonder what the city was like and to think how great a cup of coffee at a local cafe would be. I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to see some of the sights in Paris. I have always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower and hang out on Champs-Elysees contemplating the grandeur and magnificence of the Arc de Triomphe. Paris is known for being a haven for romantics and lovers.
I checked my carry on bag in with baggage storage right outside the luggage pick up area. I've heard the rumor that Parisians really don't care for Americans. I cant say for sure if that was true or not, but I did notice at certain times throughout the day that my Texas twang did an excellent job of painting scowls on people's faces. (I later learned to throw out "Bon jours" instead of "Hellos" and the people started warming to me a bit.) The baggage storage gentleman was the first person to make the "unfriendly" list for the day. I'm not the kind of guy to let such an unimportant character on the life's stage get me down so I undauntedly continued on my whirlwind Paris tour.
I got off the bus near the Arc and was pretty impressed. After taking it in for a couple of minutes, I realized that the excitement of seeing Napoleon's monument to his own ego was dampened a little by the fact that I was exhausted after an all night flight over from Houston, Texas.
I realize at this point that if you are a true Paris lover and reading this you are probably very disappointed and not impressed at all so I am not going to mention any of the other places that I went.
If you read the summary to this blog you'll realize that the point of this rapid assault on Paris was basically to take some key photos that I could show off back home and sort of "check the box" on visiting Paris.