November 17, 2011

Bubbly Bliss

My last trip to Paris was over fifteen years ago. It was part of a quick backpacking trip through France, Belgium,and the Netherlands before starting summer session in Oxford. I was traveling with my college roommate. We both had small backpacks, a copy of Lets Go Europe, and very little money.We slept on the floor of a friend's small apartment and the only "fine" dining experience we had was in the basement cafeteria of a department store. The rest of the time we survived on baguettes and water. We spent most of our time in Paris wandering the streets, bickering over directions, and I can't even remember if we actually made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Needless to say Paris was not the highlight of that summer of European adventures.

Our recent escape to the City of Light, was the antithesis of that backpacking trip. It was a weekend of luxury, decadence, gluttony, and excess. One of my favorite moments: sipping champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower with a full moon hovering over the sparkly city. That moment of bubbly bliss washed away the hour and half wait we had to endure before we could even buy the tickets that would enable us to be sardine-packed into an elevator full of strangers. The waffle covered in Nutella and whipped cream helped to take the edge off, but really it was that first sip of champagne that erased any remaining tension that had been burrowing in my gut. And that pattern repeated itself throughout the weekend: moments of doubt or frustration quickly disintegrated by digesting some tantalizing treat in a breathtaking spot of beauty.

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9 comments:

Emily said...

I'm glad Paris redeemed itself for you! Your description makes me want to go again. In the meantime, I'm planning a trip to Cambodia. Does that count as decadent?

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Oh...Cambodia. I have always wanted to see Angor Wat. Look forward to hearing about your adventure. Might not be as decadent as Paris, but it is certainly exotic.

se7en said...

Oh you are living our dream... my husband and I have a yearning for a trip to Paris!!!

Steve said...

Great..another rave for a place my wife desperately wants to go. I'm going to have to suck it up pretty soon and take her. It does look fun though.
Great pictures!

Sonja said...

You know what? I've done both too: the backpacking, baguette and water, couchsurfing trip to Europe, and the luxury trip. Sometimes I can't decide which one is more romantic.

Lisa said...

We're going to Paris in March and your pics and description have just made me all the more excited for it!

Camels & Chocolate said...

Mmmmm I love me some bubbly. Also love the perspective of the tower.

Stephanie said...

Ah, decadence and gluttony is the best way to see Paris! Glad you had a great time!

Carrie said...

What a wonderful way to take in a great view of Paris sipping champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower under a romantic moon. I have been wanting to go to Paris for such a long time and even more so now. Thanks for sharing.