It was a bit scary at first standing in the middle of the street with cars going past to our left and right! But there were other people with us and the cars kept a bit of a safe distance so we were able to get our photos without any untoward accident
It felt a bit surreal to be standing there in front of this very famous structure, seeing it in person for the very first time. It was an amazing moment, really... I mean, you get so used to seeing some things in films and photographs that when you finally see it with your very own eyes, there's this few seconds of just being completely in awe of what's right in front of you...
Nothing screams "PARIS" more than the Eiffel tower.❤
Fast forward to the present time... the initial contention it received from the general public has now somewhat subsided and it is now considered as one of the city's most popular tourist attractions and a Paris landmark in its own right.
My first good view of the river was while we were crossing Pont Saint-Michel bridge on our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral. I had just landed in Paris 0700 that morning after a 30-hour flight from New Zealand. I should have been feeling tired...but I was too excited that I didn't feel the least bit tired at all. Paris! What was once something I used to only see in photos and movies, I was finally seeing with my very own eyes!
“You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you’re excited about. Don’t let others make you forget that.”❤
I grew up watching the Disney film. I had a soft spot for poor Quasimodo... hated the evil Frolo... and loved Esmeralda's kind and caring nature.
Having watched the movie (many times) when I was a kid, I could not pass up the chance to see the famed cathedral in person.
"We look quite serious here, but it was actually pretty difficult to keep a straight face while doing this. Few seconds after this particular shot, we were all doubled over laughing out loud."
Together in our next two weeks in Europe we would be chasing after trains, walking 'till our feet got sore, and drinking lots of wine! --- details of which are going to be for later stories. For now, we're going to start from the very beginning... Paris!