Paris > Loire Valley France

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I finally made it to Paris.  Two weeks in a cultural paradise.

What can I possibly say that hasn’t already has been said about Paris, France? It kicks ass.  It lived up the hype.  It far exceeded my expectations.  

Paris is a destination I’ve wanted to visit my entire life, but never made it previously.  On one hand, I’m disappointed I didn’t get there sooner in life.  Heck, I’m 46 years old.  I would have had far different kinds of experiences if much younger and poorer. 

On the other hand, given everything the modern era offers, it was a blessing to go now in 2017.  Google Maps is like the greatest travel invention of our time.

I had so many wrong preconceptions of what Paris might be like, for whatever reason –movies, books and stereotypes.  All the good turned out of the true, while most of the negative turned out to be false.  I had nothing by positive experiences. 

The food was mind-blowing: everywhere I went, the general high quality of the food, especially produce, was something I’ll never forget.  

Anthony Bourdain’s quotes are the best way to sum up how to visit Paris:

”Skip the tourist sights. Check into a nice hotel.  Eat some cheese. Get drunk.  You’ll have a great time” 

“The French have an un-American propensity for a high quality of life.”  

I got drunk enjoying my high quality of life during my two weeks in Paris and the Loire Valley area.  I can’t wait to do it again sometime.

The highlights: Air France Business Class, The Left Bank, Luxembourg Gardens, The Rodin Museum, Palais Garnier, Museum Orangerie, Clos De Lilas and Harry’s Bar. 

100F907E-0BD8-4B48-8C6F-AA290FA002A3Loire Valley: Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Chenonceau, Amboise, Da Vinci Museum and Hotel Chateau de Pray.

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