Happy (delayed) 4th of July!

What did you all do for the 4th of July?

I… went to a pool party with my family, and watched fireworks at night, singing the “star- spangled banner.”

Thank you so much Back’s for opening up your home to us for the 4th!

This is the pool we swam at…

Ha! Just kidding… it had a diving board.

What does Independence day mean to you?

– M

The Land of Love

What is it with us girls and Paris? The lights? The Love?

Here are a few interesting facts about Paris:

The Eiffel Tower has over 2.5 million rivets, 15,000 iron pieces, over 40 tonnes of paint and there are 1652 steps to the top.

6 million people are buried below the streets in catacombs.

It took around 200 years to build Notre Dame de Paris (182 years to be exact).

There are remains of a Roman Bath at Musée de Cluny and a Roman theatre at Arènes de Lutèce.

A United States flag flies over the grave of Lafayette off the 35 Rue de Picpus cemetary and has been there every day including during the German occupation during World War II.

There is a replica of the Statue of Liberty in the middle of the River Seine and a replica of the torch flame can be found directly above the tunnel where Princess Diana was killed at Pont Alma.

In front of Notre Dame is “Point Zero” (a round bronze plaque in the pavement) where all distance miles in France are measured from Paris. People place their toe on it, and revolve around it 360 degrees. It is a tradition to do this.

Paris is the most visited city in the World.

Paris is also known as the City of Light.

If you travel to France, do not even dare to turn on the TV, or you might hear Harrison Ford speaking French.

The French have been named the worst drivers, but attempting to negotiate the chaotic roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe is so entertaining.

Dog poop abounds in the streets. The Parisians expect the Government to clean it up for them.

There are very few French who speak acceptable english.

Paris is well known for its beauty but also the city has won several prizes for being the less welcoming city in the world.