Bonjour monsieur et mademoiselle! I am so excited to get to share this part of my journey with all of you! Paris day was easily one of my most anticipated days of the summer, and I definitely had a lot of opinions on this day. So, without further ado, enjoy Part 4 of the Recap of my Europe Adventures!
(Parts 1-3 can be accessed by clicking on the links in the sidebar.)
June 1, 2016
Paris day. This day was jam-packed and it was easily my most anticipated day of the entire trip.
The night before we had attempted to go to bed early. I had a hard time sleeping though. I had a bad dream early on in the evening and thus couldn’t really fall back asleep. That’s ok though because we had to be up at 4 am to get ready for the day.
We were at St. Pancras train station by 6 am ready for our grand adventure in Paris. We, of course, had to go through border patrol and such, and I got my passport stamped again. 🙂
I was so excited for this day. I had happy tears in my eyes and could not wait to arrive. When we got to Paris, we met up with our tour guide. He was a nice guy but he did kind of fall through on a lot of things that we paid for. I mean, most, if not all of it wasn’t his fault. Like, we couldn’t go on the boat ride down the Seine because it was flooding. And we couldn’t go up in the Eiffel Tower because only one elevator was working and there was a 4 hour wait. Obviously, he can’t control that, but it was also kind of disappointing.
Anyways, now for the actual adventure in Paris. We started by going to the Louvre. Ever since Mademoiselle Brown taught us the history of the Louvre, I knew I had to go We only got an hour inside but, that hour was filled with amazing pieces of art. I even got to see the Mona Lisa in person! How many people can say that?! Well, I mean, considering how many people were in front of her, a ton of people can say that. But, not many people I know could say they’ve seen her.
After the Louvre, we were taken to Notre Dame. There, we got to hear some of the history, as well as take some pictures. Our tour guide pointed out the heart of Paris to us. That was cool to see. We then had some time to go inside Notre Dame and explore. The inside was so ornate. It was very pretty. But, it also struck me as a little weird. If you wanted to make a confession, you had to pay to do so. Isn’t that kind of weird that you have to pay to confess you screwed up? That just seemed bizarre to me.
After Notre Dame, we went to lunch. They brought us to an Italian place all places. I know, we all thought it was weird. Anyways, it isn’t like lunch was bad… I was just hoping for more French cuisine.
Once we made it back from lunch, we hopped back on the bus and they took us to the Champs Elysees. That is kind of like the main drag in Paris, I guess you could say. Also, don’t know how to work my computer to make the accents all be there and spell the name of the street correctly, which is awful. I’m sorry Mme. Brown if you are reading this. I promise I wasn’t that ignorant in French.
We started on the end where the guillotine used to be. Thank you Mme. Brown for that bit of French history. That history stuck in my head so well and although I don’t remember much of the language you taught me, I didn’t tune you out when you went on your history and culture lessons. 🙂 We drove down to the roundabout where the Arc de Triumph is and wow. That was amazing to see.
After the drive around Champs Elysees, we went to… *drum roll please*… the EIFFEL TOWER!!! Oh my gosh. If that wasn’t the most anticipated sighting of the entire week, I don’t know what would be. As we drove up to it, I may have had my classic fangirl reaction. It sounds weird to say I fangirled over a monument, but if you imagine how a fangirl reacts to seeing their favorite band or artist, that is sort of how I started reacting. I kinda squealed, teared up a little, hand over mouth because honestly, I was so happy. I’m only 19, but I have looked forward to this for years. I didn’t know when I would go but when I imagined that moment years ago, I knew it was a goal to get there.
We got to get out and take pictures, we got crepes… Oh, that was blissful. Eating a crepe in front of the Eiffel Tower. How picturesque?
After the Eiffel Tower, we went to our shopping stop. Which, was weird. Firstly, our tour guide brought us into a Lindt Chocolate store and was all like, isn’t this chocolate amazing? And we’re all like, we can get the exact same thing in the states… Haha. (We got to try a truffle, it tasted exactly like what we get in the states.)
And then, the stores they sent us to to shop at were all expensive stores! Grammer and I were both like, we don’t have that kind of money! So, we went through the store a little bit (it was similar to Harrod’s in how it was set up). We got tired of that quickly though, so we went back to the streets to find something more souvenir like. We ended up finding some postcards to buy so I got one for each family member.
After shopping it was back to the train station. They ended up getting us there in plenty of time so we did some shopping in the lounge there. I got myself an Eiffel Tower memorabilia as well as some macaroon’s. It was both me and Grammer’s first time trying macaroon’s and they were A-M-AZING!
We ate them as we went back home to London. When we got home, we Facetimed the family. And then, after ordering breakfast for the next morning, we slept.
Now, for a review of Paris. I liked it, but I could never stay there. There were so many people everywhere and the crowed never thinned out. Language was never really a barrier for us though, which was nice.
Overall though, I was infatuated with the idea of Paris. I may have built my expectations up to high, but I felt like the entire experience, minus the Eiffel Tower was just a little disappointing.
There was even a point where I told Grammer, “I want to go home. But not home as in Michigan but home as in London.”
I love London. I really do hope I go back again one day.
But, wait! What am I saying? I still have two days worth of stories to tell! I can’t wait to share them with all of you!!!
Until next time my friends,