|A midnight sunrise over Scotland|
To help me achieve this goal I have created a vacation post template. The first paragraph(s) has been written prior to the trip (and thus will be in a different font color), and per the suggestion of Dave Fox in his travel journal book, Globejotting, I quickly detail what I had planned to do that day. Each night I hope to update that post with what actually transpired.
Since my goal is to document this trip in words as well as in pictures, I have set a daily goal of 500 photographs. Even as I type this that sounds insurmountable, but if I truly want to capture the essence of everyday life in Paris, then I need to S-L-O-W down and I think setting such a goal will force me to do just that. I will only post one or two pictures to the blog, but I do plan to give a daily photo count in the hopes of keeping me accountable.
Another daily activity that I hope to maintain is to write reviews for Trip Advisor. I used this sight extensively in preparing for this trip and found others' reviews and suggestions to be immensely helpful. I would like to repay the favor and write some reviews of my own. If you have not used this site before, I strongly suggest you take a look around and develop your own account. It is fabulous!
|My first cafe creme of the trip! It was|
the perfect drink for the 55 degree temps
|And this was my view while sipping|
my cafe. Breathtaking!
Fortunately I had packed my Knopf map book and my memory served me well. I actually stopped and had a cafe creme at a cafe all by myself -- and I walked around exploring the winding, twisting streets. I must tell you that everything - and I mean everything - is hilly in these parts and my legs are already tired. BUT...I managed to find Place due Tertre - Sacre Coeur - the Moulin de la Galette (and I may even splurge and have dinner there some night) - and the metro station. I took about 175 pictures today - which is a lot for me.
I did manage to visit the grocer - as well as the boulangerie - and purchased some essential supplies as well as a light dinner of bread and cheese. Isabelle is simply delightful. She stayed about thirty minutes to answer any questions that I night have and ensure that the internet access was operating; and she even offered to call me a taxi for my return trip to the airport in two weeks. The apartment is very centrally located and spotlessly clean. While it is rather small by American standards, it is perfect for a couple and therefore suffiicient for me. I feel quite safe in this neighborhood. All in all - c'est magnifique!
It is now 7:15PM Paris, which is just after noon in Kansas. I am exhausted and plan to go to bed soon so that I am ready for my photography tour bright and early tomorrow morning.
So far - the trip has exceeded my expectations. It is glorious!