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Paris Is Always A Good Idea

There is a funny phenomenom that seems to follow expats around, nobody comes to visit you until you announce that you’re moving back to the States. I lived in the UK for 5 years and we didn’t have any houseguests until the last 8 months. In those last few months we flew my mom out to visit, a friend came down from Milton Keynes (a few hours north of us in England), another friend came in from Spain, and my brother and sister-in-law visited.

One of the many benefits of living in the UK is that it’s pretty easy and inexpensive to travel elsewhere in Europe. While my brother and sister-in-law were visiting, we added a short side trip to Paris.

Arc de Triomphe close up.Arc de Triomphe with flags waving.A church in Paris.I will get back to Paris at some point, even though my husband isn't that fond of it. I'll go without him if I have to! But right now we have so many places in the States that we want to explore. There are all these road trips swimming in our heads but we haven't put the plans in place.

So, in the meantime, I'm quite happy to be exploring our immediate area. It might not be Paris but Metro Detroit is bustling with places to visit and things to do. And hey, it was founded by a Frenchman!

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We visited Paris a few years back--we'd gone over for a walking tour of the Basque country and decided since we had to fly into Paris, we'd book a week there. Never knew when we'd get back, and it looks like it may be quite some time before we can go on such a trip again.
We loved the Pere Lachaise cemetery (could have stayed there for days taking photos) and did a lot of art museums (our favorites included the Musee Rodin, Musee Picasso and the Monet Marmottan). Most of all, I think we just liked to walk around town, take a few photos, stop at a sidewalk cafe for a drink and people watch.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

I was the only one out of the four of us that wanted to go to Pere Lachaise so I got voted down. :( But I do have to agree with you that sitting at a cafe and people watching in Paris is fantastic. The vibe is just so interesting, different from other big U.S. or European cities.

June 20, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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