first night in paris

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine

Last night was amazing.

By the SeineIt was very hot yesterday.  My dad really wanted to go get gelato so we took the subway to the place my cousin told us to go to, Berthillon. I had a scoop of cherry gelato – or cerise in French.

[Editor’s note: the previously discussed Grom is better. ~ The Dad]

While we ate our gelato we walked along the river Seine towards Notre Dame. So many people were out having picnics.

Notre Damn

Notre-Dame de Paris, “Our Lady of Paris”

I was at Notre Dame last year and fed the birds outside and visited the inside. This time I stopped to take  pictures and watched a guy who was imitating other people. He thought my dad was George Clooney – he was funny!

My dad really wanted us to see the Eiffel Tower at night but I was starving so we stopped at Chez Alexandre not too far from Pont des Arts for pizza. By the time we got to the Eiffel Tower the sun was setting and tower was all lit up.

Watching the Eiffel Tower

The Dad made us watch the lights.

At 11:00pm the tower started to sparkle like a Christmas tree. I thought this was boring because it was just blinking lights that hurt my eyes.

But my dad says his heart skipped a beat when he saw the sparkling lights. Breath taking he says. Il aime cette ville et pense que le tour est magnifique la nuit!

10 thoughts on “first night in paris

  1. WOW!!! I’ve had gelato only once, while in Italy last year.
    Hmmm . . . your Dad looks like George Clooney??!!!! Hmm . . . Interesting..

  2. My heart really did skip a beat when I saw the tower sparkle. I admit, I probably loved it more than the other four.

  3. While at Notre Dame, did you, by any chance, run into the Hunchback? Is you took a photo of the large stained glass window in the back of the nave? Grandpa has always liked looking at that window. It tells so much!

  4. Ok…William and Layli…

    Grandpa wants to know more about some interesting people and places around Paris and France.

    I once read about the Bayeax Tapestry when I was in grade school. In fact, had to make a report on it. I did not have the tools that you have today (like being in France). So, I have forgotten some things about the tapestry. Like, what is it and what events does it depict? If I remember correctly, Haley’s Comet played a role in the story of the tapestry, but, I don’t remember why. Maybe you could get photos of the tapestry and try to refresh your grandpa’s memory.

    Your Uncle Dominic and Uncle Alexander had parts in the production of Les Miserable. I always wanted to know more about the history of Paris as depicted in this story. Do you know who wrote the story? I think it was Victor Hugo. He wrote another famous story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Maybe you could find out some facts by visiting Hautzville House, where Hugo lived in Paris. I know there is the Avenue Victor-Hugo. Maybe you could send photos of his house and street?

    Anyway, just a little homework for the two of you. This should make your adventure more exciting, don’t you think?

    Grandpa Zeier

  5. I’ve mentioned that your dad looks like George Clooney. Glad you’re having a great time! (I’m a coworker of your dad’s).

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