melissa and i are happy to report we are settled in at our hotel in paris and pooped from our long travels. or, more accurately, melissa's long travel because i passed out face down on her lap for the plane ride. what a friend, she took one for the team and barely slept a wink! what a trooper though, she stayed up the entire day.
\even after the first day, it's hard to believe we're really here. paris reminds us a lot of new york city, but cleaner, filled with old world charm, and fashionable people. Not until we got to the Eiffel tower did it feel like we were truly in france.
Though it's only been one day, i definitely think i've learned a few things about the european culture
1. "comedy has no language barrier." while eating our dinner of foie, brie, apples, warm baquette, and riesling we ran through the tv channels to find something in english. instead of watching cnn international, we watched a germanys funniest home video's. though we didn't understand a word, we definitely enjoyed the programming. (Melissa sidenote: After some videos, they would put up a graphic that said, "UPPS!" Oops? Maybe? I have no idea...)
2. Parisian babies are adorable and inquisitive looking. Really, too cute for words and their faces look like their searching for inner truth.
3. the french aren't that mean. so far, every single person we've struggled to communicate with has been overly friendly and helpful, definitely dispelling any rumors about the moody french.
4. foie gras is HELLA cheap here. 1.51 euro for an entire thing of foie creme. dear god, don't make me go back!
5. people make real fools of themselves trying to have the perfect picture in front of the eiffel tower. melissa took a nap today in the park near the tower, and while she did i watched a woman spend 30 minutes jumping up and down over and over again hoping to get the photo of her dreams. we left before she did it.
6. the french love obama!
Today we wandered around Paris, bumping into the arc de triomphe, napoleon's tomb, the grand palais, the petit palais, and the eiffel tower. All of it has been amazing, and I can hardly wait for tomorrow's adventures!
Unfortunately I am without a phone over here. I blame silly distractions at the airport, like Hillary Clinton dropping out of the race (Melissa sidenote: Tori was literally crying at the airport bar. I'm not joking.), but the point is I'll be a lot harder to reach than expected. So keep updated on the blog and leave plenty of comments!
hearts and crepes,