Monday, May 31, 2010

Tour de Paris

I love to walk.    One of the joys of this two month travel experience has been the freedom to throw on a pair of shoes each morning and just head out to wherever I end up.  I usually plot out a general plan of attack, but then just go and see what happens.   

I struggle with maps.   Always have.   I bring a semi decent map along with me when I head out, but it is usually the kind that has the major attractions and streets noted and blank spots where all the small streets are.    This has gotten me in trouble a couple of times, but generally I figure it out.  And really, I have nothing else to do, so getting lost in say Paris, or Rome, really isn’t all that bad. 

For the past two years, I have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Event benefiting the fight against breast cancer.   The walk takes place on various weekends in different cities throughout the United States.    We walk for a total of 60 miles, 20 miles each day, until we reach our final destination.   The past two years, I have walked with my father in San Francisco and San Diego.   I think this year I have talked my fiancé into joining me in some undetermined location to be announced.   It is an incredibly amazing experience that I will share more about later, but for now, I’ll connect the dots back to my current travel experience.

Walking 60 miles over 3 days requires a little bit of training.   Well, okay, a lot.    Anyone who thinks they are in decent shape and can head out in the morning with the pack is in for a big surprise.     Silly things are really important to ensuring you can complete the event.   Like making sure you’ve logged enough time to sufficiently harden your feet to prevent blisters.   I walk throughout the year to train.   For those of you that just met me in the past two months, this will explain my marathon walks on the deck of the Eurodam!

Friday was the perfect day for a ‘training’ walk in Paris.   Sandwiched between several days of really crappy weather.   Cold, raining, windy.   This day was a gift that came out of nowhere.   Perfectly sunny, bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds and crisp air.   Not too hot, not too warm.   Perfect.

Over the past two weeks, I have been exploring bits and pieces of Paris in depth.     It was now time to bring it all back together.  I did a smaller version of this walk when I first arrived in order to get acclimated.   Thought the longer version would be a nice way to end my visit. 

Here’s the quick verbal description of what is displayed in today's photographic journey:

I started off from my apartment in Le Marais, walked through Les Halles, Madeline, Fauborg St. Honore, through a small patch of the gardens, up Champs Elysees, over to the Eiffel Tower, a stop at the Rodin Museum, a stroll through St. Germain Des Pres, down the Seine, over bridges and back through my neighborhood, up my winding staircase and collapse on couch.  

My marathon walk through Paris proved to be an amazing day that I will always remember.   Don’t worry, I didn’t have my blinders on.  I stopped just about everywhere that looked somewhat appealing.    I have no idea how far I walked, but it doesn’t really matter, it was just another great day in a incredibly beautiful city.    

My trip is quickly coming to an end.   I leave for North Carolina tomorrow afternoon.    It is unbelievable how fast time went.   I will treasure this forever.   I think back to the day I left home and can’t believe the transformation I have gone through.   I’ll be sharing more deep thoughts on the whole experience over time.   For now, thanks for following along with me on this initial part of the journey.   Stick around as I continue to recap, provide more focused updates on some of my favorite things on this journey and figure out how to incorporate all of this back into the life awaiting me at home!


  1. paris is just beautiful when it finally lights up...looks like a lovely trip! i'm jealous!

  2. thank you for taking us on this journey with you. your pictures have been amazing!

    ps - when you get back and un-discombobulated, i have something for you on my blog post called 'spread the happy.' :)

  3. Ahhhhh.... I am home!!! And up WAY to early :) I have a feeling this jet lag is going to stick around for awhile.

    Thank you all for your comments!

    laceramiste - Oooohhhh... I have some fabulous pictures from a sparkly visit to the Eiffel Tower coming that really lit up Paris :) This is such a gorgeous city. There is beauty everywhere. Two weeks was not long enough!

    Kelli - XOXO, you are so sweet!! Thanks so much. I'll be spreading the happy sometime in the coming week :)

  4. you are very welcome. :)
    also, i just realized i listed the wrong 'blog name' for you. :( sorry about that! having a 'duh' moment. :P


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