This was part of my first trip to Europe (London and Paris) in 1996. Karen and I decided to take advantage of extremely inexpensive airfares during the off-season.
It felt like we had the Louvre all to ourselves.
And there's nothing like simple and warm crêpes beurre-sucre bought from street vendor on a chilly day.
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Paris on a Whim
I booked a Thalys train ticket on a whim (super expensive, but worth it for all the adrenaline it caused) for an overnight, two full day trip.
I wandered about the city on my own to my own accord.
As I stepped out of Gare du Nord and into the metro waiting area, I was approached by an elderly couple asking for directions. I knew then, that I was a traveler, not a tourist. Of course I did all of the quintessential things throughout the beautiful city and I am proud that I did it all for me as well as used my four months of French language skills that I had been learning in Brussels, Belgium.
I loved eating fresh baguette and goat cheese on the Champs-Elysees roundabout and watching the cars whoosh past.
Paris has a pulse and I felt mine beating with it the whole time.