Bonsoir, I am finally back to normal after 5+ days of the worst jet-lag I have ever experienced. I am going to give you the pictorial tour of my journey over the last 2 weeks with brief explanations. I hope you find my method entertaining.
Today is April 16 and the current time in Paris France is 00:16 AM. I am writing about leaving the US and traveling to France in this blog post, and I’m doing this just hours before I depart Paris heading for Bordeaux France. I will be spending 5 days in Bordeaux before heading to the Plum Village Buddhist Monastery for a 2-week retreat, which I am soooo excited about. After the retreat I will be heading back to Paris to spend 9 days sight seeing with my sister. There will be one stop along the way back to Paris to go see the Guedelon Castle. My friend Dave Cowan told me about this project and I instantly became curious. Wiki Quote – “It is a project started in 1997 by Michel Guyot and Maryline Martin in the Burgundy region of France. The castle is styled on typical French medieval chateau-fort, modeled on designs from the 13th century, and is being built using techniques and materials available to masons and builders 800 years ago.” You should go do a web search and look at the progression of photographs over the last 20 years of it being built. They are expecting completion around 2020.
I’ll preface the next statement by reminding you of the malady I was inflicted with – Jet-Lag… For the next couple days all I did was piss and moan about bla bla bla, and walked miles in search of vegan food, which I found, and most of it has been spectacular.
The other day Karen asked me what I liked about Paris, so here is my first take list.
- The food of course.
- I can drink tap water and it tastes good.
- Listening to people speak one of the most beautiful languages, and I can’t judge & evaluate anything they are saying.
- I never knew I could enjoy window shopping so much.
- They have dedicated bicycle paths on some of the main streets.
- There are self cleaning toilets at random locations right out on the sidewalk.
- The weather has been perfect.
- The bread shops, gasp…
- I plan on waiting to sample the chocolate until my sister gets here on May 9, but I did walk into a Chocolaterie today and the smell alone was completely satisfying.
- The smell of pizza everywhere.
OK. My next post will detail the sights and delights, stay tuned for more…