Selfie – Paris 2002

Selfie - Paris 2002

It was in the darkest days after the 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. People didn’t want to fly so the airlines lowered their prices to entice customers. I did a little research and found that the exchange rate between the Franc and the Dollar worked in our favor. A little more research and I was able to find a nice hotel in the heart of Paris for less than $75 a night.

We had been in Paris in April 2001 and I had fallen in love with the city. I had longed to go back since my foot entered the outbound plane at CDG. Not being a jet setter I figured it would be quite a few years and I was heart sick. But just maybe….

Let’s see: cheap airline tickets, cheap lodging, great exchange rate, and Paris. This was a no brainer

Winter in Paris is much nicer than in New Hampshire even though it is much farther north. We landed on a crisp, beautiful morning. Paris was in my blood and I felt as if I had been there my whole life. Without looking at a map I got us off at the correct Metro stop and quickly found our hotel.

Only we were too early to check in.

No problem, I noticed a café just down the rue from our hotel.

So I was sitting in café, petit dejeuner finished, sipping on a nice strong coffee, loving life. I was in Paris! What’s not to love?

I was, admittedly, very jet lagged. I don’t sleep well when flying. Perhaps that is my excuse. No matter…

My wife got up to use the bathroom. I looked around and noticed the mirrors. My camera was sitting on the table. I turned it on and hit the shutter.

And thus an early selfie was created.

Oh, a little Poem I did about Paris
Story about Paris


13 thoughts on “Selfie – Paris 2002

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  3. M-R

    Lucky bastard. Flying between Oz and Paris ? – not for the pensioner. Such a wonderful city. You could live there for years and just scratch the surface. My eldest sister has just bought a flat there, and is currently in residence. I hate her.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      During my three visits to Paris (also in 2011) I have spent more than 80 hours in the Louvre and I think I barely scratched the surface there let alone the rest of the city. Paris is my favorite place on the planet so I understand why you would hate your sister ;) How long does it take to get from Oz to Paris? It’s like 6 hours from Boston – California is farther away.


  4. prior

    I don;t sleep well on planes either – and dude – you truly were ahead of the times with this selfie – cool indeed. and I enjoy any post about paris – merci!


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks prior! Actually I started messing with selfies from the time I bought my first digital camera back in ’99. Back in the film days it was too expensive to waste film on selfies, but with digital…



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