Vacation in London and Paris with Tim
September 23, 1999: Tim and I had a
fantastic trip. We hated to rejoin the real world
after 2 weeks of unabashed playtime.
The trip sort of evolved from a
general idea in May of taking some kind of
vacation into a birthday celebration in London
and Paris. In early June I was still talking
about getting away anywhere for even a few days
and Block Island looked tempting. Sometime in the
new few weeks, Tim got the idea that he might
like to go to England, but nothing was definite.
By the end of June we were trying to plan a trip
for the first week in September...maybe to London,
maybe to Mexico or Carribean. We got our passport
photos and then everything fell into place.
On July 8, I noted, "Tim is
giving me a vacation for my birthday, a few days
in London and then a few in Paris. the first week
Then it was a reality.
London reminded us a lot of Washington,
oddly enough -- the traffic and interesting mix
of people. We stayed near Princess Di's palace,
so we saw the uncountable numbers of flowers, notes
and all other manner of memorabilia folks had
left there, and the crowd gathered to pay
respects was impressive. We were also near
Notting Hill so went to a huge carnival there - 1
1/2 million other folks were there too. We did
all the required tourist things. Then we headed
by train to Paris.
We liked Paris also. It was weird to navigate in
a foreign language but we did okay. Parisians do
have a different sense of hygiene, so subway
riding was a malodorous experience. We rode a
boat down the Seine which gave a marvelous view
of the world and took oodles of photos.
I had the best meal of my life,
essentially a barely warm, mostly raw, piece of
filet mignon with a Roquefort cheese sauce. I
dragged Tim back there a 2nd time because my
mouth was in love.
Champs d'Elysses was a tourist trap
of mega shopping, very tacky so we spent only 45
minutes or so there. It was more fun to wander
streets and explore neighborhoods.