Favorite Daughter had a favorite professor, her first as it turned out and in her favorite field, a lifelong lover of words and a writer like herself. While they were collaborating on a student teaching project, he visited Paris and brought her back a beautifully weighted classic fountain pen. Then in April at her graduation and knowing her summer plans, he presented her with Hemingway’s collection as an expatriate writer in Paris.
In today’s travel report she reveals that she packed both pen and book in what precious backpack space she had, so both are with her now in Paris as an active part of the experience, adding layers of richness to her past, present and future power of story all at the same time. . .
(Btw, there’s some juicy new controversy over the book for those of us more likely to follow that sort of thing than Le Tour de France.)
“Saw Most of Paris Today”
Posted by Favorite Daughter (penguindust)
Well, as I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to know, we went to the Eiffel Tower first thing today. We stood in line for only a half an hour – trust me, that is unheard of – in front of a very very large tour group of Asians. Kiki left her flag in the hostel, so we didn’t present any threats to the gentlemen in security, and we got on the elevator and glided right to the top.
Okay, we changed elevators on the second level. But still. We glided.
The view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower is even more spectacular than you think. You can see the neat layout of the arrondissements in the city proper, and you can actually spot landmarks, like Sacré Coeur and the Arc de Triomphe. I wrote a couple postcards while I was up there, since it was four o’clock in the morning stateside and I couldn’t call anyone going, “Guess where I am!”
Then we went to scope out the Champs-Elysées for tomorrow’s Tour-de-France-ing. We went all the way to the Arc de Triomphe, but didn’t go to the top, because we walked down the stairs at the tower and that’s enough stairs for one day, thank you very much.
Then we joined up with our NewEurope (redshirts) tour. The tour was comprehensive and spectacular, hosted by the affable and hilarious Jacqueline. We saw the outside of the Louvre (seeing the inside on Monday, probably), Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, the old palace, Les Tuileries, the square that used to house the Guillotine, and the only building in Paris to be visibly damaged during WWII.
It was an exhausting and thrilling day, and I can’t wait for our next day in Paris.
PS: Just started reading Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, which is a great choice when you’re loafing it in Paris. Hemingway and the city make each other richer. Thanks for the book, Mr. Pekins. Using my Waterman, too. 🙂
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