Being a total loser when it comes to anything other that English, I looked it up: French to English translation (per Google) I went back to France very fun very interesting also my uncle told me that my grandfather was a 'scrub' or a member of the French Resistance during WWII!
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lol... sorry, just excited to have gone... and be back... and, absolutely amazed that I still remember high school french thirty years later, given that I have used it only about three times since then...!
Roughly translated, I just said I had an interesting time in France, and that I found out that my grandfather was a member of the 'maquis,' a member of the french resistance. Pretty cool. He was a courier. Also kept weapons under a pile of coal in the basement - guns and grenades.
Aside from that, we went around Paris a bit, and also visited Chartes cathedral. I'm not terribly religious, of course, but that building as a work of art is simply astounding. Especially given the skills of the people of the day -- they built the thing over 130 years starting in the 13th century. Imagine working 200 feet up on rickety wooden scaffolding with iron tools against tons of sculpted rock.
It was also fun just going around the french countryside. We stayed in a bed and breakfast that was built into the stone barn of a 200-year-old farm. It rivals anything in any hotel I've ever been in. Everything was Just So. It was also cool to meet a british couple on their way home, and an american/german couple just taking a holiday from Hamburg.
Looking forward to going back -- I've got the travel bug!
Never been to Monmartre. Perhaps I will make that part of my trip next year!
Brian - it was. It was a bit of a short trip, but I got re-acquainted with my aunt and uncle, who are just wonderful people. It wasn't so much a tourist trip as a family visit. Next year we'll do more running around. :-)
Monmarte is the north end of Paris, Pax, and where our hotel was. I knew nothing about the area, history, or geography, so when we stumbled upon the Sacre Coeur Cathedral just by wandering around, we thought we'd found something no one else knew about. (Yeah, I know. I was young.)