Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Paris, France 3/10

On our way home from the Middle East, we had a day layover in Paris. Since it was Quarup's first time in The City of Lights, we stopped by the main attractions just long enough to take quick photos. We plan on coming back in the future to fully appreciate the culture and history. That said, we scheduled plenty of time to stop at boulangeries and cafes. 

See a closer view of our interactive map.
First stop, the Eiffel Tower.
We didn't spot hunchbacks but we found a huge line of tourists.
Louvre and its pyramid

Anyone that spends more than a minute in Paris can undoubtedly tell you the French really care about their history and art. We, on the other hand, are pretty immature.

Quarup not appreciating Parisian art.
Laure getting in touch with French culture. Ooh la la.
Suspicious looking sign.

We believe that a big part of any culture lies in its cuisine. So in true French style, we took our time to eat.

From top to bottom:
Laure, Cappuccino, Croque Norvégien, and Croque Madame.
Berthillon's salted caramel ice cream is good
... but San Francisco's Bi-rite Creamery's is better.

The French really know how to do American fast food right!
The McDonald's on Rue de Rivoli.
Quarup will be the first to admit that he was a little worried about visiting Paris. He had heard rumors that Parisians can get annoyed and switch to speaking English when they hear ignorant foreigners butchering their dear language. But Quarup realized that prefacing questions with "Bonjour. Parlez-vous anglais?" went a long way. Contrary to his fears, the locals typically responded in French, which seemed like a great way for him to learn the language. Or at least try.

One sight we wanted to visit was the Luxor Obelisk in Paris:

Luxor Obelisk.
As we had learned with Andrew Bennie, this obelisk was given as a gift from Egypt in 1829. Its original location was at the entrance of Luxor Temple, where we had visited about a week before:

Luxor Temple missing an obelisk.
How did the Luxor Temple entrance look before 1829? Luckily, Laure's photoshop skills can bring us back in time:

Luxor Temple is complete once again.