Saturday, April 9, 2011
We were all super excited. We'd successfully planned a holiday to Paris and Italy, enroute a business trip we were making to Dublin, Ireland. We - Bindu, Aswathy, Navneeth and I. First stop - Paris!
Paris was beautiful. Personally, I enjoyed Italy more, but Paris was nice. We were humbly hosted by Ash's old family friend and her family. We did the usual touristy places - Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. They were all beautiful and quite overwhelming - mainly because you see these places in the movies and now you're in the middle of everything. The wonderful thing about Paris was the memory of "Champs Eylssees." Now, any French person would tell you that Champs Elysees is a place in Paris. But for us, it was the single most popular word of the day!
It all started with our hosts telling us that, to get to Arc de Triomphe, we'd need to get off the train at 'Champs Eylsees.' Now this, they gave to us in writing - so we didn't necessarily know how to pronounce it the right way. Why I say this is because when we got off the train and were at the platform, a little lost, we kept asking people the way to Champs Elysees..only we were saying it wrong. We were saying the words the way you would in English. But it was meant to be said the French way, with a French accent :P It totally cracked us up the way it was pronounced and the was our photo pose word for the day. We replaced the word 'cheese' and 'cheers' with "Champs Elysees" for that day and the rest of our trip. It definitely let us have MORE fun during our short stay in Paris :)