I sat in my hostel for 7 hours straight, (no potty breaks!) watching Barack Hussein Obama on CNN International become the 44th President of the United States of America.
There were a few other Americans here, and we had a toast when Obama officially became President and we actually stood up for the Pledge of Allegiance.
But what would President Obama say today:
Yesterday we celebrated. But now back to work.
Yes Mr. President, I hear you….I’m getting back to “work”….
Phillip the tour guide offered another tour later on that night in the Montmarte section of Paris. This tour was only about 15 people so it was much more manageable for Phillip and didn’t require him to yell as much. We met at the real Moulin Rouge, the one the movie and play are based on. This tour was 10 Euros ($13US) and lasted about 2 1/2 hours.
Lapin Agile, the cafe where Picasso, as a starving artist, traded paintings for food from the owner. When Picasso became famous, the owner was able to retire very rich, because he had a huge collection of Picasso paintings.
You see sights and take pictures, but you really don’t start to FEEL them until you understand their interesting stories and circumstances that bring them into prominence. That why when I go back to London I’ll take the Free Tour, even though I’ve seen most of the sights on my own already.
Again great fun. Afterward the Phillip buys everyone on tour a drink…and I was the only one who took him up on it. So he and I had sat in a cafe, drank a beer and traded travel stories. I can do that now!