|Golden Gate at Versailles, France, 2015|
On Wednesday, the family we are staying with took us into Paris to see Notre Dame and Montmartre. It was a beautiful time, and I enjoyed it immensely. We were able to walk around and do some shopping for gifts to take home, not to mention take some beautiful shots of the Parisian skyline.
Last Saturday, we toured the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and walked the Champs Elysees.
This coming week, we head south to Lyon then east to the Geneva area. It should prove to be a fun time in both places.
One thing I'm learning is France, like any other country, is a mixture of cultures, histories, and religions. The tension between the various pasts and convictions sometimes boils over, but for the most part, France just moves along as it has always done.
I've always enjoyed studying cultures, but taking the time to talk with people about their country has given me new perspective on it.