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French Fridays - Week 2

This past week has been enjoyable. Once again, plenty of sightseeing, but we were able to go to church on Sunday with a message focused on Pentecost. Surprisingly, my French has improved (I finally have my left and right organized after listening to all the directions). I was able to follow along on the message on Sunday, partly because I knew the topic and partly because I could understand.

Golden Gate at Versailles, France, 2015
Believe it or not, but the church is within walking distance to Versailles Palace. I had an enjoyable time walking around the area. Primarily, Marie Antoinette's territory. It's amazing how much land and power the family had. It also surprises me the French Revolution didn't happen a few years earlier with the gaudy display of wealth.

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.


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