Shared Joy is Twice the Joy, Shared Pain is Half the Pain

My Next Trip to Paris

I spent four days in Paris, jam-packed with sites I saw and museums I visited, and I feel like I saw nothing. I feel like I dipped my toe in the water, but didn’t even have time to put my whole foot into before I got pulled away. There are so many things that I wanted to see and do and I simply didn’t have time for it.

I didn’t get to see any of the bones I wanted to see. I wanted to visit the Catacombs, but the line was so long that it definitely was not going to happen. I wanted to wander through the cemeteries, where incredibly famous people are buried, but that didn’t happen either. Fortunately for me, the dead people aren’t going anywhere.

Neither is the art, thank goodness! I don’t think I could have spent much more time in museums than I did, but I don’t feel like I saw even close to enough. I spent four hours in the Louvre and barely saw any of it. I spent over two hours each in the l’Orangerie and d’Orsay and I could go back to each for easily twice as long. I didn’t get into any of the museums of modern art, or any of the historical or science museums. I didn’t visit the Rodin statue museum to see the Thinker, and I didn’t find the Rose Line, like I said I would when I first read The Da Vinci Code.

There are so many churches and gardens! I didn’t climb the tower in Notre Dame or go up to the very top of the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t see the other Statue of Liberty; I looked at but didn’t walk to the Arc d’Triumph. I wandered around so much, but I barely saw any of the city. (To read about what I did see, read this post)

I could spend a month in Paris, as a tourist every day, and still not see it all. In fact, maybe I’ll do just that.


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