Paree, wei

so if you've been living under a rock and missed it, i'm in paris, france *grin*

thought i'd share the first two day's impressions and a picture or two

the eiffel tower has two elevators, one is broke and i feel so sorry for the workers who have to climb up that scaffolding.

we were told that the lights on the tower 'sparkle' hourly after dark. i plan on getting a video of that.

we bumped into a couple from gainesville GA this morning. funny- travel halfway around the world to bump into somebody from home :) the southern accent is easy to hear here...
the number one thing i keep coming across is the toilets. there is not standard toilet and some require a MIT degree to operate. some have seats some don't (that's a weird sensation) some flush by pushing a button on the floor, some flush from pushing a button on the tank lid, some have three buttons that if pushed will all flush *shrug* so if in question- start pushing buttons til it flushes and don't lean over the bowl- some buttons might operate the boudaie.

we are in the 7th district really close to Mr Effiel's tower and the river. it's a nice little neighborhood.

we were told that the french would be 'rude' and unsympathetic to Americans. i am finding that 100% false. *knock on wood* so far everyone we've meet has been very nice, patience, and understanding.

the food, OMG, the food!! i don't think i'll be able to eat when i get perservatives and all fresh!! the strawberries are to die for!!! i could eat my weight just in bread with real butter!!

and yes, i've laid into a crossiant or two *lip smack*

i'm not a picky eater, but i know what i like and pretty much stick to that. i quickly had to get past that. i do try something before i say i don't like it.

this was my lunch today at cafe marshe. i ordered a ceaser salad. not exactly what i had in mind....they call it Tandoori chicken ceaser.

does any one know what tandoori is??
check this out- i took this picture last night at 10:15 PM!!

no kidding. it doesn't get dark til almost 10:30. if you look at the bigger picture, you can still see the sun shine on the building at the end of the rue.

trippy! and it makes it that more difficult to get over the jet lag.

so, that's just a small sampling of our two days here so far.

we haven't done anything 'touristy' yet besides walk to the Eiffel tower this morning.

you asked for lots of pictures, and i plan on doing just that.

it hasn't quite sunk in that i'm here yet....


  1. Tandoori is an Indian spice. Did you like it?

  2. AnonymousJune 08, 2012

    Tandoori is a style of Indian curry, and is very popular in the UK and some other parts of Europe. It will be spicy, but differet to Mexican or Southern US spicy.

  3. I think Tandoori is an Indian spice that is a mixture of other spices. It's yummy! Have lots of fun!!

  4. Oh, I'm a little jealous that you're in Europe. It's soo good to see the buildings, I miss them a lot! I'm glad you're having a blast! Have fun the rest of your stay! Have you found any fabric stores yet? :))) The French fabrics are supposedly gorgeous!!

  5. I'm so happy for you that you're there! Hope you have a wonderful time and the natives continue to be nice to you.

  6. AnonymousJune 08, 2012

    Enjoy being in the land of French pastries and Macaroons! Mmmmm.

  7. Welcome to Europe Shannon......A tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven used for cooking meat and flat breads. It's a large bucket like shape with the fire in the bottom, the meat or bread sticks to the sides and cook quite quickly, it's used in India and Asia and gives it's name to dishes cooked in this way!

    Have Fun!

    Kay in Scotland

  8. Mais non madame! Paris, oui pas paree wei! Have you tried pain au chocolat yet? It's a croissant with chocolate filling (kind of like Nutella). C'est si bon! That was one of my fave breakfast foods along with milk and an orange - or a thick slice of bread with butter and homemade strawberry jam with hot chocolate. Enjoy yourself!

  9. am really enjoying your pictures on fb... have fun

  10. You are going to come across many other things which - like the toilets - are different from what you are used to. But from one not-native American to a another American, please don't call new and unusual things weird or wrong. They are different, not wrong. To a French person coming to the US, what we have here will seem as strange and different as things seem different there to you, but that does not make us wrong either, nor would it be right for her to call what we do wrong.
    We can learn so much more from each other and will get along so much better, if we have open minds.

  11. We are all visiting paris vicariously thru you somtak lots of pics and keep posting! Oh and have a croissant for me!

  12. Shannon, Glad to see that your are enjoying my side of the world, so sorry that we can't get together, I am leaving wednesday, so have a great time and hope you come back and we can really plan something!!! Hugs

  13. Ines Patchwork 37 rue sainte Ambroise Paris 11ieme Le Rouvray( this is the oldest patchwork shop, she was the first!!!) near St. Michele and Notre Dame, and Marche St. Pierre!!! have fun!!!

  14. I love the photos. I've only ever been in the airport in Paris, while on a trip to Barcelona.

    I ran into a girl I used to work with when I was in Barcelona. It was a strange moment of feeling like the world had just tilted, to run into someone I knew half way around the world. Weird.

    I look forward to seeing more of your photos.

  15. I love Paris, one of my favourite cities!!


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