Parisian Words

October 4, 2010

I have lots more to write about Paris.  I just haven’t gotten around to it.  Here’s a thousand word head start by Genevieve:

I didn’t realize how much attention a trip to Paris would generate.  I’ve been surprised that people actually want to hear my travel tales.  They want to see the pictures.  They want to know what I saw, what I bought, and what I ate.

A small subset of the curious have insisted on knowing whether Parisians are rude.  Parisians are not rude.  They just expect you to speak French.  (Odd that people who believe Parisians are rude are the same ones who vehemently oppose any bilingualism here.)

I’m swimming in stories to tell about Paris.  My Aunt Lilly asked me to dinner the other night to tell her about the trip—the whole thing—starting with my drive to the airport.  So I reported the whole thing.  It took two and a half hours.

Paris challenges one’s vocabulary as well.  I delivered an abbreviated travelogue to my cousin Cecilia over another dinner.  Midway through, I said the Panthéon was “pretty.”

Cecilia thought I could do better.  She frowned her disappointment.  “Pretty? Just pretty?”

“Yes, pretty.  I have to recalibrate my standards for Paris.  The Panthéon is just pretty.”

The Pretty Pantheon Dome

I had to adjust my vocabulary because I can’t use the word stunning for the Panthéon when Sainte-Chapelle looks like this:

How can I use the word glorious for the Panthéon when the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles looks like this?

And I can’t say the Panthéon “takes your breath away” when the Opéra Palais Garnier looks like this:

So the Panthéon is just pretty (pretty amazing).  And I’m challenged to write about Paris.  Hell, I’ve been challenged to re-enter normal life.

I’ll post stories soon.

Oh, and did I mention that there are bridges?  It’s not the Rubicon.  But I think it will do:

Pont Alexandre III - Can you see me?



  1. Gorgeous photos — the subjects are so amazing it’s hard to take a bad photo.

    I, too, visited Paris this summer, and I have a similar reaction. People actually want to hear about my trip and see my photos. Here’s my first post after returning home, just in case you’d like to hear about my perspective!


  2. I like your top-ten list about traveling and I agree wholeheartedly. Glad you stopped by!

  3. That is amazing.

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