I am in Paris! What a great city. I'll admit, I came with reservations. Eastern European cities have always sounded more interesting to me than floofy places in the West, but my opinion has changed on this particular city. It's so easy to get around (Moscow metro will always have my heart, but you're not too bad, P) and Parisians are a lot nicer than reputed to be. I rode a bike to Versailles, trooped through the Louvre, pranced through D'Orsay (except everything is on load to RUSSIA now), climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to see a glittering Tour Eiffel, and even was convinced to take an evening Segway tour. We left the city for Disneyland today, so we'll be there tomorrow and Friday.
I ate a fresh baguette from a bakery in Versailles and can now die happy.
Also, whenever I stay in hotels, I watch waaaaay too much of the news networks (CNN, BBC, Sky News, etc). Something happens somewhere in the world every few hours, but it's kind of amazing how reporters know how to repeat the same information 20 different ways. Plus, I can pretty much now summarize the key issues in the upcoming British elections. It must have been so annoying for the world to be bombarded with American politics in '08. I totally wish we only had 5 weeks to campaign. Sorry, World.