Monday, February 16, 2009

Taken By "Taken"

We ventured out into the city yesterday due to being cooped up indoors the entire day of Valentine's (for various reasons, of which I shall not go into detail here). The weather was a lot warmer than it has any right being in the middle of February, though it was still only in the 40s.

Downtown was a lot less crowded on Sunday than it is on Saturdays, even despite the fact that the next day was a major holiday for most folks. We saw the sci-fi flick, Push, (garbage btw), and then the Liam Neeson starring movie, Taken, about a retired government operative who's daughter is kidnapped into a human-trafficking ring while in Paris. Neeson's character goes Charles Bronson and tracks down the perpetrators in this ring while barely keeping a step or two ahead of the Parisian police. It was a really small, but ultimately satisfying film. We really, really liked it.

It was weird watching, though, because we'd only just booked our flight and hotel to Paris for next month. Even in my brief stint researching the trip so far, I found myself recognizing certain streets and addresses in the movie as being near where we'll be staying! So that was a lot of fun. Watching the movie only made us even more excited about going, this being our first time in Europe and all. I only hope we get there before the giant hordes of tourists descend on the city in time for the warm weather. We'll be going the day before Spring starts, so hopefully Paris will be relatively off-season still. If it's still cold by March 20, it should be fine. But I get a feeling the weather's going to warm up a bit by the time we get there.

I shouldn't complain, though. I plan to do as much walking as humanly possible, so it would be nice if we're not being blasted by arctic Scandinavian winds while walking down Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre.

Has anyone been to gay Paris? We're spending 6 days there, and don't speak a word of French. I'm learning a few phrases, though. Right now the only thing I can muster up is: Excuze moi, je ne parlay pas tres bien Francais. Which (I think) means: "I'm sorry, but I don't speak French very well." Which is funny since, technically, I don't speak French at all!

But I'm sure we'll have fun. :)

3 comments:

Kim Kasch said...

Oh, I've been to Paris twice. Last year and three years ago. I really enjoyed the Catacombs of Paris - you need to know how to find it though. It's not clearly marked.

Also, learn how to ask for a carafe of water or else you'll be paying $6.00 for bottled water. Buy food in the little markets rather than the bistros - we spent $28.00 on two croissants, two cups of coffee and a water - before we learned a few things.

Ask your hotel where to find a little market. Also, we loved the Louvre and the art strip along the water - we bought four pieces of art.

I could go on and on.

Ashe Hunt said...

I'ma try and see Taken sometime this week. Still can't believe you're going to Paris so soon! Can't wait 'til you get back! I know you both are going to have so much fun.

David Batista said...

Kim -- Thanks for the tips! I really want to see the catacombs. And of course, the Louvre will be a highlight of the trip. Might have to split that one up into two days, though. I like that the exchange rate between Euros and USD is a lot closer than it was a year ago when I checked.

Tarrell -- Yeah, it does seem rather last minute that we decided to go, but I prefer it this way. It sucks pining away for months and months over a trip you're ready to take RIGHT NOW! (ha, ha)

At some point I need to look up a Highlander walking tour of all the major filming locations around the city that were used in the show. We'll be in easy walking distance (across a bridge, no less) to where the barge was moored for most of the show. I can't wait.

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