I’m not usually big on tourist-y activities. My general modus operandi for travel is to figure out an opera and theatre schedule for all of my evenings, then search for interesting-looking things to fill the days. Those interesting-looking things often include a few museums, palaces, or cemeteries, but I don’t make a point of trying to hit every major attraction in a town.
But this vacation can’t be like that. For one, it’s August, so there isn’t much in the way of opera and theatre. Two, my sister is travelling with me. She’s never been to Europe before, so she’d like to see the major sights. Unfortunately, another consequence of this being August is that everyone is on holiday, so tourist attractions are all packed. That said, we muddled through the best we could in our first city: Paris.
Here is a shamelessly cheesy gallery with major Paris landmarks.
My sister was also a good sport about my dragging her to some slightly less popular literary and operatic attractions.
Finally, we did a lot of eating and drinking, because isn’t that what Paris is all about? Between the two of us, we managed to devour:
- Six cups of hot chocolate
- Four croissants
- Three crème brûlées
- Two canelés
- Two scoops of gelato
- Two Mont Blancs
- One tarte tartin
- One chocolate lava cake
- One peach tart
- One rum baba
- One macaron
Yum, chocolate and pastries!
(All photo credits go to my sister Jessie.)