Long ago, well, this past March, I was on another tour, this time through France. The tour was quite hectic. We were traveling nearly every day but had a few days off here and there. Some of them were spent in Ireland, and the others were spent in Paris, two not-so-shabby places. One of the coolest things about our time in Paris was our gig at the Olympia Theater. A friend of mine from Ireland who has been living in Paris for years, Aidan, came to see the show and explained to me that the Olympia might be the best known theater in Paris. There is a long list of French and International acts that have played there. It was interesting to think of all the shenanigans that might have gone on backstage. Probably nothing as cool as this:
There was a bar backstage which we crowded into after the show, sharing a few drinks where Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk, Judy Garland and many other famous and talented people had gone before us. It was a bit surreal.
I had been in Paris before, almost ten years before actually. I was backpacking through Europe with a friend after college. We took care of many of the touristy things, a day at the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Elysées, L’Arc de Triumphe, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Versailles…all that jazz. I didn’t really have a plan for Paris this time around, which is not like me. I had become the de facto tour guide in China because I wanted to maximize any free time I had. But when I got to Paris I was like, eh, I think I’ll just walk around, maybe eat some cheese, maybe drink some wine.
One of the many wonderful things about Paris is that it’s so walkable because of its size and because there’s always something beautiful to look at. It’s an incredibly photogenic city. So I basically spent a few days dividing my time between two activities – walking and eating, and hoping the former would counteract the latter. My favorite places to do both of those were the Latin Quarter and Montmartre. I know they’re cliche, but they’re cliche for a reason. I don’t have much else to say about my time in Paris other than it was lovely and leisurely. I will let some photos do the talking.