Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pics from Paris

So, Paris was amazing! I could have stayed there forever. We lucked out with the weather because we came prepared for rain and had sun shiny days all weekend. A few of my friends and I had decided to sign up for this weekend guided tour through the same company that did our schools orientation in London. The guide was great, a little British guy named Joel who was full of energy and information. We were very excited because we took the Chunnel to get there which was a big deal for me. Our train traveled 180 mph and got us there in 2 hours. Amazing right? Once we got there we were warned to hold on tightly to our belongings because there were real gypsies everywhere we went. Our first stop was the Cathedral of Notre Dame. It was exactly like I had pictured it and expected it to be like after watching the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I was expecting to see Quasi and Esmeralda walking around. No luck, just tons of disgusting pigeons. I'm sure you all know how much I despise birds, France is not a good place for bird haters to go. After the cathedral we went on a boat tour of the city. It was a beautiful way to see all the sights right when the sun was setting. However the wind made it a very chilly ride. The next morning we went on a walking tour of the city and ended up at the Louvre. I was thrilled to be there after learning to much about it in French class years ago. We got to see the Venus de Milo, Napoleon's Apartment and the beautiful Mona Lisa. Everything about the museum is incredible, I sound myself as fascinated by the building itself than I was with the art in it. From the Louvre we walked down the Champs Elysees, my favorite street ever, to the Arc de Triomphe. After that we walked over to The Eiffel Tower, I was in shock, I seriously couldn't believe I was actually there. It's a million times bigger than you would expect. And it's so beautiful. As you can see, I took a lot of pictures because I was so excited to be there. We climbed to the top where it was very cold and windy and looked out over all of Paris while the sun set. We spent our last day visiting the Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coure Cathedral. Both were incredible. We walked around the art district where Monet first started painting and bought souvenirs. Everyone knows that Paris has amazing food, I just didn't realize how good! I could have eaten crepes all day long. Well actually, I basically did. But between all the different pastries they were selling on the street corners, I was pretty much running on a constant sugar high. I can't wait to go back to Paris in a few weeks! It's my new favorite city.

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