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!
But no man is an island… and no matter how much we crave our solitary time it is still within our human nature to crave a sense of connection with someone. It need not always be in a physical sense… we can all be fine and happy to be by our lonesome, but deep inside we still need to feel that somehow our existence matters to someone in this world.
The first part of the trek was fairly easy — mostly flat ground with proper walkways and some walking boards over the damp areas. This was the least challenging and tiring out of all the sections (Average time to complete it is about 1-1.5 hours ). If you do the hike in the future, savor your time here… things will only get harder, I tell you. Haha.
WE DID IT! Conquered this 8.5 hour trek (19.4 km) comprised of some really steep climbs and gravelly downhill slopes.
“If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?” – Boona Mohammed
When we visited Christchurch as part of our road trip down the South Island back in 2014, one of the activities that we did while we were there was Punting on the Avon. Punting refers to boating in a punt — a flat-bottomed boat, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water with a punter…