First of all, I must apologize for the delay between this post and my introductory story. Secondly, whereas my last post was very narrative in fashion, I have decided to make my next couple of posts "listicles", or a combination of a list and an article. Hopefully we'll cover more ground with fewer words. So without further ado, to Paris!
Ah, Paris, such a famous city! Easily mentioned in the same breath as London or New York, a must-go destination for all travelers. Hot-spot of culture, fashion, food, ad nauseum.
In actuality, Paris is a surprisingly dirty, not desperately-pretty, unnavigable maze of pick-pockets, sprinkled with the occasional cultural landmark. The Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower are great, but Notre Dame and the Louvre spectacularly failed to live up to my expectations. London has a far better selection of cathedrals and museums with the added benefit of not having to fend off thieves on every block. There are little gems like Sainte Chapelle, but I really can't see how people would want to spend more than a few days there.
I felt that Paris was trying too hard to be like the stereotypical city we all hear about in Disney films. As a result, everything is sort of caricatured and fake. Chateau Gontier on the other hand has no such pretensions, so a crumbly old chateau on the side of a river in a town where nothing is open after 6 pm is genuinely a crumbly old chateau on the side of a river where nothing is open after 6 pm. Fabulous!
Le Mans (C)