Back in Paris, and Appreciating it Better
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After some serious reflections, I decided that I do like the metro in Paris after all. Its complicated, but you just concentration, and you'd be able to get wherever you want to in a quick minute. I have also learnt how to feign the look of a Parisien, and stopped carrying maps wherever I went to. Today, I was called a 'salope' = bitch on the streets near the Eiffel tower after I told an odd looking uncle to scram away in French when he started speaking to me. I am sure he was after 1) cigarettes or 2) money, like all the suspicious looking ones that have approached a couple of days ago.
Yesterday, I was lucky to be hosted by Ryan over a good vegetarian lunch he made.. but I had to endure a conversation over cannibalism and the evils of this world.
A little climbing gets me to the top of Sacre Moeur.. and it was a delightful climb with buskers singing melodious tunes and young couples smooching all over the steps. Well, I can't complain coz it's supposed to be a romantic destination in a romantic city plus romantic music right? There were also strange boys without their shirts trying to get a tan in the open. C'est bizzarde and I wonder what they did when the rain poured in a sudden 20 minutes after I lost sight of them :p
After Montmarte, I wandered the streets a little and ended up in the old Red light district of Paris.
In the evening, I returned back to Steeve's place (my host). Steeve and Cedric were completely wasted last evening, and I felt fortunate for not being around :) Steeve returned from work, and he was motionless and drained to get out for dinner, so Cedric and I left to look for a Pizza Hut, that Steeve mentioned was around the corner and a 5 min walk away. God... that started an adventure, coz we walked for the longest time imaginable in the neighborhood and we couldn't find Pizza Hut.
After a satisfying dinner of PIZZAHUT, we watched CSI in French and laughed about how the American actors 'spoke' French.. I had a good night and prepared for more touring the next day.
5th July: Last day in Paris before I return in September. After being stupid in Beijing for not visiting the Great Wall of China, I decided to do something touristy and get to the Eiffel Towers. If I didn't like it, at least I could say so and not get poked at by my friends for being ridiculous :p
The Eiffel Tower.
After lots of staring and tries to get awed by the Tower, I took a walk along the Champ De Mars, the park laid below the Eiffel Towers, and counted my steps as I tried to get the best picture of the Towers. After some silly self amusement, the conclusion's 250 steps from the Eiffel Towers as you walk along the park. But I really liked the park.. with lots of people just sitting and doing nothing, enjoying the clear skies, breeze, and a view of an icon.
Lazy to get to the Arc de Triomphe, another must-see tourist attraction, I took a metro and headed back to Pere Lachaise.
So, I decided to see the cemetery, because it is not an ordinary cemetery. It is an off the beaten track attraction, as the cemetery lays the bodies of famous iconic people who passed away in Paris. I had a good walk around the cemetery, and it was actually a beautiful and peaceful place, with creatively crafted tombs of great militaranians, doctors, actors, poets, and even Jim Morrison. It is also a good place for walking, jogging, or just a moment of thought.
Back at Steeve's, I am pondering how tragic I'd feel having to drag all that bags again as I engage on my journey to Lyon. I remember all those steps in the metro station :( So here I am updating this blog and lamenting at my sheer stupidity for bring that much stuff.. Lyon better be good. Let's wait and see.