It’s day two of my sojourn in London, and I have a dilemma. Should I stay, or should I go?
For our last weekend here, we’re going to Paris. There are required activities for us to participate in on Friday, but we have the option of heading back to London Friday night or remaining à Paris for the duration of the weekend. I, of course, signed up to stay in Paris for the full weekend. Who wouldn’t? It’s an incredible opportunity to see the City of Lights. Who wouldn’t—an Anglophile, that’s who.
Despite the fact that I studied French, beginning with a summer class when I was pretty young—like maybe seven or eight—and despite the fact that I AM interested in seeing Paris and (moreso) the French countryside and Brittany, I’m kinda not feeling it right now. I am much more into exploring London, England, Wales, and Cornwall, far and wide.
Yes, more than likely I will have a good time if I stay in Paris for a weekend. Yes, I will get to eat real French baguettes, cheese, produce, and taste some wine. There is Versailles, more of the Louvre to see, the catacombs, and even the Museum of the Erotic. I will have fun, and probably more than expected.
On the other hand, there’s the Tower of London, the Twinings Tea Museum, Portobello Road, Wales, Cornwall, Bath, Brighton, Avebury, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Cottingley (famous for its fairies), and many, many other places within the realm that I’d love to see. And you guessed it—none of these are included in the official itinerary for our three weeks here. So I’d have to go and see them on my own time, of which there is precious little.
Decisions, decisions… I guess I need to figure out if the ticket to Paris is refundable or not first, eh? What would you do?
- London Itinerary! (scarlettartlet.com)
- London vs. Paris Smackdown, Part Deux: Who Won? (scarlettartlet.com)