The streak of picture perfect weather while flying came to an end today as we returned to Paris from Zurich. Nonetheless, all of these so-called budget flights have been impressively on time and sometimes even early!
Despite some anxiety at once again landing in Paris without accommodation (this time much closer to New Year's), we got through the language barriers (cheers to the phrasebook we bought and French 12 taken like 15 years ago) and found a couple of hostel beds with breakfast included.
The next day was nothing short of a feast for the eyes and imagination. Paris itself is - no joke - an absolutely stunning city. There must be a major monument, building of significance and/or a carry over from a world fair (or something like that) on every street corner. And the whole city core is built around the River Seine which has miles upon miles of boardwalk. Let's just say, as much as we took advantage of our Double Decker Bus tour, we could have spent twice that time staring at this most breath-taking of cities.
We allocated the morning hours for the Louvre Museum - year, right! Even though we entered at a very fortunate time, we could've spent days in that place and still not seen it all. The rest of the day Les Cars Rouges (The Red Tour Buses) took us around the city and kept our necks and eyes in motion, with pure admiration.
On top of that, the weather was cold and crisp - very clear and withery refreshing. It was such a joy to stop in Paris, et je parle un peu francais aussi (I just forget how to say that correctly in the past tense.)