I had next to no internet access (this was about as pleasant as having half of your big toenail ripped off on a boat trip--which also happened) during my trip to France over the past couple of weeks. I did, however, keep a sort of diary. During the next week or so, I'll post that diary, along with a few of the photos I took.
First of all, you need French friends. In fact, you could say that they’re essential to a successful trip around France. Our friends live just outside of Paris, in a suburb that once was a village. It’s a town called Rueil Malmaison, famous for the small island there in the middle of the Seine beloved by the Impressionists. Renoir painted Luncheon of the Boating Party, a scene on the terrace of a restaurant still open for business—and little changed—today.
Rueil Malmaison is a perfect amalgam of small and large. Narrow, old streets with an open air market on the weekends and an old church in a square in the center of town are just a metro ride away from the Place de la Concorde and all of what Paris has to offer. Any European trip is exhausting--the unfamiliarity, the feeling of never knowing what to expect--and so, for us, it was wonderful to come home each day to a place quiet (except for those frickin' mufflerless motorbikes) and yet near enough that every night the light from the Eiffel Tower shone through my bedroom window.
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