The Day We've Been Waiting For
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Today would be Lori's Birthday, Bastille Day and above all else....the day we have all been waiting for.....the day we get to see James Blunt live in concert!!
Where can I go from there really?? Thats like blogging 101, do not write about the best part of the blog in the very opening line!
While Lori slept and the rest went to Pére Lachaise (why did I have to go yesterday), I decided to simply set off on foot and see where my feet take me. Evidently this led me straight to the Louvre and the Seine. This provided me with an opportunity to take all the cool photos that I never took the last time that I was here 4 years ago and to make up for all those that I lost back then when my memory card broke. In fact I only have one photo of Bill (my then light bulb).
I also finally saw the Centre Pompidou and was incredibly disappointed. I had heard about its award winning architecture but at the end of the day am I not correct in saying that it is an ugly building??
I did however stumble across a beautiful church which such an amazing roof that made up for my early disappointment. Outside of the church was a really odd statue of a head resting in its hand.
Back in the hostel the others had bought lots of stuff to make baguettes for dinner so Ruby helped me to make mine. Unfortunately I must admit that her half off my baguette put mine to shame. We had so much fun sitting on the grass between the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower waiting for the concert to begin. It would have been nice if the shop owner across the street informed me after spending €40 on alcohol that it is forbidden to bring any into the field.
Myself & Jeff tried in vain to sneak it in but the police were everywhere. One officer told us to open the wine and drink that, which we obliged him in. Unfortunately Jeff had to pour all the beer down a gutter...what a waste.
As the sun began to set, we realised why we all loved Paris and why each of us had been before. Sat in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, you cannot not help but fall in love with the city. It was only a shame that the free concert put a slight downer on the evening. Lori had told us that they generally had big acts to play but for some reason Bondy had a distinct feeling that unfortunately James Blunt would be playing......
The music was not the most lively that I have ever heard. Even the musical delights of the living legend that is Mr James Blunt could not pick things up!! He didnt even play beautiful!! Whats that all about???
After the "wonderful" concert, the entire field of people turned in the opposite direction to face the Eiffel Tower when apparently somebody started a chant to get everybody to sit down.
Although the display lasted a brilliant 30 minutes, one of the highlights was seeing a man in front of me bottle somebody merely because they stood up during the show!!! Thats about as hard as they come. Bobby Carlisle in Trainspotting is nothing in comparison.
When we eventually found our way back to the Bastille area, we were apparently too late for most bars but managed to find one. The guy at the door said the place never closed.
Most of the others dropped off to bed but Lori, Kyle & Bondy came back to my & Jeff's room to have a few beers that Bondy managed to organise from the restaurant next door. Lori & Kyle soon fell asleep but the 3 of us left stayed up talking about everything under the sun. I think at one stage we solved all lifes problems and in the same sentence shattered our newlyh created world peace.
It is at this point that I, on behalf of myself & Jeff, feel that I should apologise to Bondy for missing his bus due to lack of sleep!! Sure wasnt it worth it in the end??
When Bondy was leaving, I truly felt that we had known each other for a long time, far longer than the two days that we really do. We made plans to meet up in Dublin sometime and of course for me to visit the legendary Chesterfield some day.