"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Memories of Paris???

Keith and I were talking about our forthcoming holiday yesterday evening. We have decided to spend a day in Paris on our travels through France and I commented that I had spent 10 days there as a student, many moons ago. Whereupon, Keith asked me if I had been up the Eiffel Tower. When I said I remembered going to see it but couldn't remember whether I had been up it or not, he fell about laughing and flatly refused to believe me!
"You MUST remember something like that!" he choked.
"It was 35 years ago," I reasonably pointed out....reasonably.
"Doesn't matter!" he exclaimed, "You don't forget something like that - the prospect of going up in the lift, seeing all those girders...!"
At which moment I felt the need to point out to him that the feminine mind is not necessarily enthralled by the concept of girders - whether on the Eiffel Tower or anywhere else.
I think he's been watching too much "Scrapheap Challenge" myself. It's turned his brain!!


Dale said...

I spent the summer of 1976 in Germany. I took a weekend trip to Paris and of course, visited the Eiffel Tower. I rode the lift to the top. God! I'll never forget all those bloody girders!!!!

I remember each one as tho' it were yesterday. (smirking)

Jennyta said...

Well you would, wouldn't you - you're a man!! (also smirking!)

B1RDIE Num Num said...

Take a boat trip when there, and then go for a stroll around the older parts of town. Paris is so much more than the main tourist attractions, its lovely. Best to try to get there in the Summer though, its a bit wet otherwise.

gemmak said...

Hmmmmm...girders. I'm with you on this one Jenny! :o)

Oh and Dale....I left school in '76. Hehe

Ne-ess said...

Ah Paris. DH has recently returned from working there for 3 years. Maceo is an excellent place to eat if you want to spoil yourselves.
Best view of the girders is if you walk down from the second level.

me75 said...

I agree about girders, I forget things way more important than that! And to add one little smirk - I think I got off the bottle in '76 (the formula bottle, not the alcohol one!).

Jennyta said...

Thanks for all your comments. ME75, you aremaking me feel old now! My elder daughter was born in 1978 :)

Dale said...

Ah, 1978. Yes. The year I began working on the railroad. I was 20. Thanks for providing a link to Chester in your post, Jenny. Wow! 2000 years of history there!! That's amazing!!!


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