Ah Paris, the city of romance or something like that, except when you’re there alone and it’s below freezing out.
I got there on a bus owned by a British company, from a German city, and in classic French tradition, the driver did not speak a word of either English or German.
Paris of course recently was in the news for being the site of the COP21 climate negotiations, and there were some remaining signs of it.
Which I found ironic given the signs were put next to the river that probably has the most metal litter from the thousands of lock keys that are tossed from the bridges every day (see the cover photo). Call me cynical but I feel like they should make couples that do divorce go and retrieve the keys and unlock the lock.
On a warmer note (no pun intended), some of the churches are equipped with the great innovation of floor heating vents every 10 meters, which meant I spent a disproportionate amount of that day in a church.
Another great idea is the type of store that sells only fruits and vegetables. You feel fresh just walking in there.
At the famous Musee D’Orsay, they had a special exhibition on French prostitution from 1850-1910, the best part of which was watching the largely French-speaking crowd react to the images in the 18+ only section.
Even better was the next room, where a 5 minute porno from 1909 is playing, and the crowd consisting largely of young and old couples is very unsure of how to react.
The rest of the museum has the usual art, as well as a couple rooms that are kind of like IKEA from 200 years ago.
I also had a full-circle moment in that Paris was the first time I ever saw a selfie stick, in early 2014, and now I saw one of the first no-sticks-allowed signs.
Also bet you didn’t know France decided to keep a mini statue of liberty for itself.
Some Chinese activists have used the Eiffel tower site to spread their political message, which seems like a good idea since thousands of Chinese tourists arrive there daily on buses.