Day of Rest (Nathan)
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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So, some observations about Paris:
Paris is full of lovers. Okay, I know I said that about London already. But in Paris, it's full of lovers who would very obviously rather be off having sex than whatever they're actually doing at the time. Waiting in line, we'd have to listen to the loud smooches of a couple behind us. For 15 minutes straight. People two feet away across from us on the Metro were (appropriately enough) frenching. I saw two people locked in a passionate kiss in the Louvre. I took some photos of the paintings in the room and glanced back. Still kissing. I wandered off to a different part of the museum and ended up coming back through the same room about 25 minutes later. They were still kissing- and I swear it was even the same kiss!
Paris is full of little dogs. Not everyone had a dog, but if they did, it was calf-high at most. On our last day in Paris, we saw an adorable little Yorkie with a bow on her ear and an even tinier Pomeranian straining at his leash to get to her, yipping away... he was so small that it didn't even sound like barking, but this kind of muffled squeaking, like a cross between a mouse and a bird.
Paris is full of beggars. Every city has them, but they seemed much more numerous in Paris than London or New York City. Some of them were really aggressive, too. I ended up giving away more than a few Euros, though I should probably know better.
It's freaking impossible to get free water in Paris- or mainland Europe, so far. I accidentally doubled the price of an already-overpriced meal by ordering water- which turned out to be bottled, and cost SIX Euros! I was more careful after that, but still found it very difficult to get a free glass of tap water. Even when we got to Germany and I specifically asked for tap water and the waitress seemed to understand me, it ended up being bottled water. If you ever go to Europe, your easiest course of action might be to just not drink water- either that or get takeaway food and drink water from the faucet at your hotel.
Graffiti in Europe is pretty silly. On the Metro in Paris I saw a tag from a person named "D'ZAStR", which sounds like a terrible XTREEEM 1990s comic book character, and just today in Germany I saw a tag with the name "Chinch Chilla". Awwww.