After a much needed afternoon nap Nancy and I head for Paris' most well-known landmark - The Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 to celebrate The Worlds Fair, The French Revolution and (at the time) France's superpower position, it is worth the long, time-wasting lines. The light show at night would captivate even the most jaded.
With our reservations at 7:30, unfortunately we missed watching sunset over Paris by finding ourselves trapped among many dozens of others queuing up for the next set of elevators in the interior of the first level. After realizing our mistake we could not exit the queue. However, experiencing the moonrise in the east dampened our disappointment.
While mooning over the view (forgive the pun) we met Sophie from Vancouver, BC, a sparkling and delightful 20-something graphic designer traveling around Europe on her own. She joined us in walking down the last 200 feet and wandering around the tower base, finally catching a bus back to our respective lodgings. We traded email addresses and plan to meet up tomorrow. Before heading to bed Nancy and I had our first French meal. A mushroom omelet for Nancy and France's famous cassoulet for me, a wonderfully flavorful, long simmered stew of white beans, duck, and pork. After this satisfying gastronomic delight, punctuated with wine and conversation, we floated off to bed quite satisfied with our first day in the City Of (de) Lights.
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- Beth Collins
- Portland, Oregon, United States
- I am a woman of a certain age finding myself driven to create art and currently painting landscapes in oils. I’m inspired by the beauty found in nature, particularly the landscapes of Oregon. I love the challenge of a blank canvas, in choosing the colors, lines and contrast to communicate emotion and mystery. I’m drawn to the zing of complementary colors, the power of light against dark, the weight of lines and their ability to lead the viewer through a painting. What is beyond the road, what lies just over the horizon? These all draw me in and keep me coming back to the studio. There is always a challenge awaiting, always a need to push further, to expand my skills and stretch against my comfort level.