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Paris is ‘magnifique’ as it were. Incidentally the trip was our six month delayed but rightly so honeymoon…another first...the first honeymoon of our lives!! And Shobhana’s fascination for the cold is about as much as mine for a date with tun tun. The words “it is cold” became the theme song whenever she stepped out of the room, hotel, apartment…the multi layered approach to clothing was perfected by her at a minimum four and sometimes five. Of course the dressing up was preceded by a spectrum of activities such as application of skin cream, face cream and the like. Now we haven’t even reached the fun part skiing.

Our really close friend Christelle put us up in her grand mother’s apartment…a quaint little flat, rather old and delectable and narrow spiral stair. The first day was marked by a car drive for a fly by road view of Paris highlights; of course it included a breakfast at the Champs Elysees (it had to be). Mind you Paris weather is somber in winter, but the day in celebration of our arrival!!! The city was bathed in resplendent sunshine…and in the evening headed out to our friends mother’s place…I, the third world plebian with poor etiquette skills had been undergoing a crash course in the fine art of eating the élan...the tutors were of course Christelle and my wife...stern usually with a whip. A laughter filled evening followed with wine and the starters (Entrée’). Now is where for the uninitiated, the importance of understanding the fine art of European cuisine needs to be highlighted. Unlike the desi cuisine where the entire spread lies on the table, in Europe a phased approach to serving food is applied...now me the unsophisticated third world plebian assumed the entrée was Dinner and gorged it and felt stuffed and contented when the main course was served and finally the dessert, of course which I could hardly eat. So, anyways, hence forth, lesson learnt – it was back to sleep.

Next day involved the ritualistic trip to Louvre…Le Jocund (Mona Lisa for the ignorant). The Museums along with the exhibits are a work of art. The sheer size of the canvas, the different schools and styles were breathtaking…any utensil becomes a work of art…like Louis XVI’s silver glass – the lesson is to save your knives and spoons…after 400 years, you might find those in a museum exhibited as “fine cutlery.”
Of course NO trip to Paris is complete without the walk down the Seine hand in hand and all of that towards Notre Dame. The night was rounded of with a trip up the Eiffel Tower…the final stamp of great tourists…to go up the Eiffel Tower!!!...the Mecca of camera clad suckers.

Christmas...Merry Christmas…celebration, lights…now let me describe the day: GLOOMY, DARK, DRIZZLING, the museums closed and nothing to see...but wait – the movies. In keeping with the insipid day, we saw Charlie’s Angels – not to a word about the movie...yuck. A coffee followed, after which it was dinner at a Greek restaurant. Not a terribly exciting day…indicated by the length of the paragraph

The 26th, radically different. Of course equally depressive weather, but the highlights included a trip to the Rodin museum. In a word, (actually three), radical, spellbinding and splendid. The audio guide helps one understand the sculptor’s and the significance. Of course the customary pose below the Rodin’s “Thinker” (I have to be the tourist you see) followed. The Gates of Hell, Balzac, name it. That afternoon we headed out to Musée d’ Orsay built in a railway station. A crash course in 19th Century French art followed with the audio guide (a salvation device). If not for the audio guide one walks around the paintings like a zombie which is numbing. The museum day ended at the house of Victor Hugo…just a house of the 18th century maintained and there I meet a Tamilian from Madras who worked as the museum floor manager….in a minute started inquiring about my salary!!! After a mouth exercise in Tamil we headed home for our trip to Amsterdam.

  • Last visit to Paris: Dec 2000
  • Intro Written Apr 23, 2004
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