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For as long as my daughter has been able to speak, she has wanted 1 thing. To go to Paris. She can’t explain why that’s where she wants to go, but if I gave her carte blanc…that’s where she would choose.
Now, I can’t really fault her. I elected to go to Paris and London on a school trip when I was in High School. I didn’t really want to go to Paris, more so London, but we were able to visit the Normandy Beaches and the American Cemetery. I was never really a fan of the French. I know that’s a little narrow minded, but I wasn’t. It wasn’t that I had anything negative to say about French people, but I was a kid and I only had the influences of the adults around me to go off of. I would have loved to go to Spain, because I was learning Spanish, and I had always had an affinity to learning German…but at the time, I just wasn’t into anything French…
I loved the trip. Even though I didn’t come out of my trip a purveyor of Parisian culture; I am glad I went because the experience was invaluable. Obviously the history and the sights were amazing, but there was a new found respect for France, Paris in particular.
My younger self would have scoffed at the fact that my school mates an I were marveling at a giant bronze thumb
And, while that was not the highlight of my Paris trip, that was one of the interesting stops for my school mates and I.
I think if blogging or facebook were a thing back then, I would have written something about it then. But alas, I’m ancient, and I only have negatives and 4×6’s in an album to remind me of the time.
I’ve been all over with this explanation of my trip, but I think what stands out about being in Paris was the serenity… I know. How could Paris be serene? But it was.
Specifically, there was a calm under the Eiffel Tower. I don’t know why. There were people everywhere, but for some reason, when I think of calm, I think of under the Eiffel Tower.
Much like life, I was proven incorrect in my youthful assertion that going to Paris was the ‘meh’ part of a cool trip to London.
I am entering the Paris Marathon Sweepstakes in hopes that I can take my daughter since she WANTS to go. I would love for her to have a similar appreciation for the wonder that is Paris and maybe that can be a bond which keeps us strong.
Traveling the world has afforded me a unique perspective which I can only assume a handful of people can appreciate. This perspective is what I would like to share with my daughter. Winning this trip would be a really cool way to have her start building that perspective.
I also want to run the marathon there….
The sweepstakes includes a marathon entry =) just saying…
But really, there is only so much a tour guide can do for you. I didn’t find my quite spot under the Eiffel Tower because of a tour guide. But by exploring the city on foot.
You should enter too, even though it may lessen my chance of winning. And, you’ll be flying chafe-free courtesy of Runderwear!
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