When I planned a family vacation to Walt Disney World about ten years ago, I used a travel guide to help me get the biggest bang for my buck. Consequently, we visited MGM studios and Epcot on the first two days because we were allowed early entry. It wasn't until the third day that we went to the Magic Kingdom, and consequently it wasn't until the third day that everyone felt that we were in Disney World. So....in learning a lesson from that experience, I know that I need to get out of Montmartre today and visit the lower city - whether it be a view of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Square or a glance at Notre Dame while walking along the Seine. I was THRILLED to learn that there is going to be a reading of Strangers in Paris at the famous Shakespeare and Co bookstore! I have wanted to visit this store ever since I read Jeremy Mercer's Time was Soft There (my review here) and to attend an author reading is truly the icing on the cake. I just hope that I don't allow my self-conscious anxiety prevent me from attending.
Well, the day didn't turn out completely as planned, but I rarely expect that to happen.
this is the half way point...
I managed to walk to the meeting place in about ten minutes - so I arrived quite early. The others came at about the same time and everyone was delightful. The other participant, Michelle, currently lives in Brazil but is originally from France. She is a doctor, about my age, and knew just about as much about photography as I do. We were evenly matched. Sophie was delightful - and spoke impeccable English. She brought along a new employee, Helena, who was quite young and oh so nice. I think Sophie was also training her on English skills because I noticed even when they talked among themselves it was in English.
|This is what's left to climb!|
In all I had walked 12,000 steps by 3:00PM and I was exhausted. I allowed myself to take a nap, which I rarely do. By the time I woke up the reading at Shakespeare & Co. was already over. It was just as well, I did a bit of research on the book and rather being about strangers as in, not familiar with Paris, I think it was strangers as in the characters were strange. Probably not my kind of book.
I think I will lay low the rest of the evening and hopefully I will feel better and the world will look brighter in the morning when I go on a market tour and then take a cooking class!
I have read all your kind comments from yesterday and I wanted to address a couple of issues. Someone mentioned that I should not try to keep track of time in the states. Well, it isn't that I am doing that intentionally :) My computer does not adjust to European time for some reason, so I am always reminded of what time it is back home (for example it is 2:00PM in Kansas but it is 9:00PM here in France). I am not mentally exhausting myself here --- believe me.
Secondly, someone suggested that I post pictures of the apartment. Well, after I got home from the photo class I took my camera lens off and just blew and blew (I felt like the big bad wolf). I figured it couldn't hurt. I decided that taking pictures of my humble abode would be the perfect test shots. I'm terrible with guestimating space, but I would assume it is less than 500 square feet (?). Surprisingly enough all the apartment pictures are dust particle free. I don't know if i actually blew it out - or if I just blew it out of sight in the photos. In either case, enjoy these photos and pray that the dust stays out of sight for the remainder of the trip.