speaking of cuisine, i watched a BBC program about the normans last night. i sought this program out because i was told by another bloke named jim turbert (i know of three including myself) that turbert is a norman name. anyway, it is because of the normans that the english language is so diverse. in 1066 england was conquered by normans who had settled in northern france (normandy) for a long time, and they brought the french language with them. when they took over, thousands of french derived words were added to the english language. interesting, eh? i thought so.
our paris goals were not to see as much as we could in a short period of time. we wanted to relax, and see some stuff, and not stress out if we couldn't see all of the splendors of the city. so , we did not go into the louvre. we thought that would not be relaxing. we did hit several of the outdoor attractions including the eiffel freaking tower. i've wanted to see the eiffel tower forever, and it was not disappointing. we went inside to enjoy the fantastic view, but walking around it and staring at it from different angles was more rewarding. its awesomeness is magnified by the fact that there is nothing remotely as large in its proximity. giant skyscrapers are impressive, but imagine how insane it would be to see the empire state building standing alone in a field rather than in a city block surrounded by other large buildings. shit is crazy. the eiffel tower is super cool.
so yeah, we'll probably go back to paris sometime. i suppose i have to go inside the louvre to do battle with the masses of crazies who want to snap digital pictures of the mona lisa. i suppose i should also go inside notre dame. there are lots of things we didn't do, but our trip was relaxed, and everything we did was quality except for the andouillette.