So I just got back from 10 days in Paris and Barcelona for Christmas and New Year’s. I originally planned to write about my trips to Peru and Mexico first, but those will have to wait. I want to get this trip down while it’s still fresh in my mind. I’ll have the first post up tomorrow, but for now here’s a little disclaimer I typed into my iPhone a few weeks before this last trip began:
Okay, so I assume most of you reading this have been to Paris. It seems to be one of the first places Americans travel to abroad, a jumping off point. Well I’m going for the first time and I’m going to be seeing just about everything on the tourist trail. I know most travelers scoff at anything touristy, but these are things that need to be seen. If you moved to NYC after college and haven’t been to the Empire State Building or Coney Island, you’re doing it wrong. The side streets, the dive bars, the small cafes with no signs, they’re all great but you’re still not seeing the whole picture. You’re isolating yourself. So my first trip to Europe. I’m going to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre. I’ll be in Paris again one day and maybe then I’ll scoff and complain about tourists, making sure to only do things off the beaten path. But first things first. Let’s see the big sights with cameras slung around our necks, fanny packs full of maps, travel guides in our hands. Right now my mind is full of Henry Miller, Hemingway, Gainsbourg, Gaudi, and Guy Debord. teenage dreams, everything is romantic.
After Paris is Barcelona. Yeah, expect a photo of me smiling in front of La Sagrada Familia.