It’s so easy to spot a tourist in San Francisco. Especially in the summer months when it’s not really summer. Tourists are the ones who are wearing t-shirts and shorts and flip flops when it’s 50 or 60 degrees outside and the fog is everywhere and brings a light mist and rain. They also have really big cameras that hang around their necks. I can’t blame them for bringing the camera though because that’s what I do when I visit a new city. I’m snap-happy and take photos of everything.
But when I visit a city for a second time the camera comes out when you least expect it. In Paris, I walked right by Notre Dame without taking one photo and I didn’t even bother going to the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, or Montmartre to take pictures. I’d seen them before and was more interested in taking snaps of new sites and new angles. However, I simply could not get tired of the Eiffel Tower. I took many pictures of it the second time around. It just never gets old.
One day while I was there, I met my cousin for lunch at Trocadero. I had a few minutes before I was to meet her and went to the viewing area of the Eiffel Tower and had an instant flashback to the first time I visited Paris. It was six years ago when I arrived at night with my friends and as soon as we dropped our bags off at our hotel, we took the Metro straight to Trocadero. My jaw dropped the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower and I was literally speechless. When you have a good memory like that, maybe multiple pictures are justified no matter how many times you visit or how touristy you look.