SO, PARIS IS OKAY.
Um, that's the understatement of the year. I had the pleasure of tooling around Paris for a week with the lady friend at the end of July and beginning of August. What a city. We took in tons of amazing sites and, most importantly, made some big life moves. More on that later...
The day we landed just so happened to be the last day of the Tour de France, so we caught some of the riders coming into Paris. At left is the main squeeze, Nancy, with some of the Tour riders zipping past in the background.
Nancy spent 2 years in Paris in college, so she was the best traveling partner and tour guide a guy could hope for. She speaks fluent French, navigates around Paris like nobody's business, and most importantly, she knew exactly where to put our lock on the Pont de Solferino so that we would be able to find it in the dark later in the trip. She is a keeper through and through.
While you could spend months in Paris and not see all that there is to see, we did a pretty good job of packing in a ton over the course of a week. The Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee d'Orsay, Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and Versailles were just a few of the highlights. You can see just a little bit of the grandiosity of Versailles on display below.
Suffice it to say, the Sun King was living the good life. We hit Versailles on the last day of the trip, and the Versailles visit was capped off with a fireworks show that is only put on a few times a summer that was really amazing. You get to spend hours navigating the gardens at Versailles with classical music on blast and champagne flowing like it was the 18th century all over again.
As amazing as Versailles and the rest of the trip were, by far the best part of the trip was getting down on one knee at our lock on the Pont de Solferino and asking Nancy if she would spend the rest of her life with me. After first asking if I was serious, she said, "Oui, claro," or something to that effect. We may never be royals, Nanou, but we'll always have each other. And, of course, we'll always have Paris.