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Paris is Always a Good Idea

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The Tower shining under the night clouds.

“Paris [and Edinburgh are] always a good idea.” That’s a misquote. Audrey Hepburn really said “Paris is always a good idea.” And I don’t disagree. Not at all. We were going to see both cities.

My wife Jen is an avid reader of novels set in Scotland, so much so that we planned our recent vacation there. As luck would have it, our air travel included a bonus overnight stop in Paris (the one in France), so we took full advantage. Okay, half.

Now, Jen loves to walk in the rain. Slowly. Always has. Me too. It’s not just something we say – we relish that nice ambulatory soak.

Notre Dame was majestic. And closed. Sad face.

If you know me, you may know that I like maps, and I like planning. This being Jen’s first time in the City of Light(s), I asked myself what I could show her during a single night? I realized that this probably wasn’t about my “showing her” anything, really. Yes I’ve been to Paris quite a lot – but I’m hardly an expert tour guide, and the last time I was there was during the first Clinton Administration. We needed to hit the hot spots, and we didn’t have much time. What a luxury to be forced to choose which sights to see with the person you love more than anyone else.

Eek! Gargoyles at Notre Dame — I’m a-skeert!

After dropping our bags at the DeGaulle Airport Sheraton, we freshened up and hit the night bus to the train station as our excitement mounted. I don’t care how many times you’ve been to Paris – “Paris is always a good idea.”

Our plan included a round robin to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs-Élysées. Could we do all of this and get back to the hotel, wake up, and catch our morning flight to Edinburgh? I won’t keep you in suspense – we managed to get it all done in a bit of a breeze.

Yes, a bonus night in Paris is just that. But, as we exited the Metro at our first stop and ascended to the street, a light rain began to fall. “Paris is always a good idea” — thanks, Audrey Hepburn.

Traffic around the Arch of Triumph can be predictably unpredictable.

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