Saturday, November 15, 2008

Paris is only a chunnel away

My trip to Paris was more than two weeks ago, but better blog late than never. Hopefully you have read my sister's blog, she does a great job telling you what we did every day. And, since I am writing this two weeks later, I don't remember those kind of details. Paris was much cooler than I expected it to be. I had heard so much about how wonderful Paris is I thought there was no way it could live up to all that. But it definitely did. Even being rained on all but one day it was completely enjoyable. We managed to stay out of tourist traps and only got sucked into one restaurant that look great, but was worse than McDonald's. I'll just give you my short list of highlights in no particular order:
~Mom getting forced into giving a woman money who "found" a "gold" wedding ring on the ground and refused to keep it. She made Mom take it and then asked for money. We had no idea what to do with it, so now it's my key chain.
~d'Orsay! Especially the Van Gogh room. I think I want to live there.

~Victor Hugo's house was really cool. He had some odd taste, but can't argue with a genius.

~Saint Chapelle was indescribably beautiful. The stained glass everywhere was just incredible.

~Angelina's is a charming cafe. Their hot chocolate is so rich that one sip was all I needed. The inside was decorated exactly like you imagine a tea place should be. The first time we went we were able to walk right in. I was wondering how it could fill up because it was huge and had two floors. The second time we went, we had to wait 25 minutes. It was wonderful and everyone seemed to know it.
~Montmartre was a favorite if only because Amelie was filmed there. It was the most tourist-filled place out of the whole trip. I don't know why there were more people there than the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, maybe it was the time of day. Or just lots of Amelie fans.
~Walking everywhere was really cool. We did taxi a few times when the water sloshing in our shoes was just too much, or the water had soaked up to our knees, but we walked most of it. I loved walking as a was to experience the city away from the more touristy areas.
And, that was Paris! I definitely am planning to go again. Any takers?

Getting ready for the James Bond premiere.

Ok, the picture is small, but in the middle of the floor is a pigeon. He somehow managed to get in the building, up the escalators, through security, and through a bunch of stores. I guess he really wanted to go to London where all the fat pigeons are.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Related to Clooney?

My friend has recently decided that my dad is the LDS George Clooney. I don't know how I didn't see it before, the resemblance is uncanny.