So after Mark visited me in Miami, it was my turn to visit him in England. Not to be shown up by my DO ALL THE THINGS IN FLORIDA trip, Mark planned an amazing time for us. We went to London and Paris! We saw the Eiffel Tower, and Tower Bridge, the London Eye and all the things you’d want to see in London.
There are always things that stay with you. For me, one of those things was our dinner out in Paris. The idea I had of French food is that it would be super rich, full of cream and butter and, well, delicious. Our one dinner in Paris was nothing like this. The menu was in French, which I didn’t understand, and Mark didn’t know well either. The dish I got was all sorts of pork meat, with and without bones, in a soupy broth. It was so gross! I didn’t eat it (I couldn’t), and as we left, we saw two American women reading their ENGLISH menus! This was 2003, so there was no translating on your phone (phones were just phones then).
Another thing that stayed with me was the Louvre. Not all the fantastic art, though that was amazing, but two other things. One, there is a castle under the Louvre – a castle! You can learn about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvre_Castle. The other thing is that the Code of Hammurabi is there. If you don’t know what that is, check out this page: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Code-of-Hammurabi. I bombed at college when I started, but do remebmer the Code of Hammurabi and the rule of ‘an eye for an eye’ that is on it.
I seem to remember more photos, but haven’t found them. Incidentally, these photos were taken with a 35mm camera, and scanned onto CD at the time of processing. What an odd concept now, taking photos and needing to wait until you arrived home to send them out to be printed before you could see what they looked like!
This wouldn’t be a proper 2000s memory if there wasn’t a cringey photo: