France! For some reason life has brought me here on 3 different occasions. It's always an amazing feeling when you get off the plane and catch a cab to travel around the City of Lights. Paris is everything the cheesy songs and movies make it out to be. It's elegant, romantic, artistic and full of history and things to do.
The first time I visited Paris was coincidently on Bastille Day. Celebrated every year on July 14th, Bastille Day is the French National Day, and commemorates the 1790 Fete de la Federation. Due to the holiday, I was able to experience an unexpected fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.
Like any place I visit, I wanted to see as much as possible and started with the typical tourist fare. I went to the Moulin Rouge for a show, visited the underground Catacombs, saw churches and cathedrals, and of course visited the incredible exhibits in The Musee du Louvre. In the Louvre, the Mona Lisa was smaller than I thought it would be. I also found myself drawn to the Egyptian Exhibit since Egypt is one of my favorite places.
I also took a day trip to visit Mont St Michel which according to legend, the archangel Michael appeared in 708 to Aubert of Avranches, the bishop of Avranches, and instructed him to build a gravity-defying medieval monastery on the rocky islet.
Last but not least is Normandy. I tried to visit the American Cemetery during my first trip to Paris but didn’t have time. On my second trip there was a windstorm and it was closed for the day. I thought I'd never get to go back and see it but as fate would have it, I ended up back in Paris just three months later and was finally able to visit the cemetery and Omaha Beach.