Picture this: You’re on an airplane. You recently were served ‘dinner’ at roughly 3am (your normal time zone), the gentleman next to you hasn’t said so much as hello, you’re starting to get cranky because the window seat that was supposed to be a God-sent is actually placed just far enough back that your head can’t be supported by the edge and you either loose your pillow or feel your neck falling in on itself. You see it? Great. Boo. Boring – get to the good stuff.
Fast Forward Five Hours: Ta-Da! You are in France! It’s 5am their time and now you, and hundreds of other tired, hungry, less than friendly, passengers are trying to navigate the monstrosity that is the Charles De Gaulle airport. But wait, what’s that? A sign?! And it’s in English! Oh, praise the Lamb! And another! And another! Soon the world doesn’t seem so bad. Soon your phone re-evaluates its purposed and grants you service. Soon you are feeling better and shaking off the two panic attacks you had earlier. You’re in Paris!
Another two hours go by, you wait your turn in customs, navigate some more signs/trains, see the intensive security personnel walking around with ostentatious guns, and you’re reminded that you are indeed not in Kansas anymore.
Rather than bore you with the text of the day I decided to copy down what I’d written in my journal each day and include some pics with. Oh, and did I mention Paris is a LOT of walking? You can see my step count each day as well at the base of each day.
Sunday May 20th
Arrived at 5:35am ahead of schedule.
Met up with fellow UA students in A2 and felt much better about life.
Bus to Hotel de Senlis – Located in the 5 Arrondissement
Walked around the 5th Aer – At Lunch at __________: Steak and Pommes de Terre puree (mashed potatoes)
Fun fact: Midnight in Paris scene filmed here.
Toured inside the Luxembourg Gardens
Returned to hotel to setting into room/nap/etc…headed out again at 4:30pm
Walked along La Seine – took photos – was that American tourist – it’s fine
Oh, and there was this free art exhibit happening nearby so we went to that too.
Steps: 21, 385
Monday May 21th
Breakfast: Yogurt, Bread, Croissant (OMGOSH WOW), Coffee, Orange Juice (surprisingly I liked it).
Train to La Tour Eiffel – did not go up (yet).
Boat Ride on the Seine with Bateaux Mou______
Montmartre: Sacre-Coeur Bastilic – So Many Stairs – Walked up 300 but that’s just what’s posted
Impeccable views of the city
Snack: Gelato, duh.
Saw La Tempete at the Comedie-Francaise. It lasted 3hrs. The French also have multiple curtain calls. It was unusually put am happily ready to adopt at UA. (Annie, wink wink)
Dinner: Croque Monsieur – A fancy French grilled cheese. 11:34pm post show. I think we may have ticked off the employees by coming in so late. But regardless, they fed us and that was a blessing.
Walked back to the hotel due to lack of busses and trains. Love it – the city is beautiful at night.
Tuesday May 22nd
Breakfast: roughly 9:30am – same as yesterday. Amazing.
10:30ish we mozied on over to the Pantheon. Got to tour the 360 views from the top – took lots of pictures.
Cassie and I toured inside of Catacomb then got Gelato (Raspberry and Strawberry) for lunch
Took bus to Musee D’Orsay
Lots of Monet painting, THAT painting Tiffany showed us, Van Gogh
Night: French Opera – super cool but still jet lagged so fighting to stay awake during first Act
Act 1: French
Act 2: Italian
Dinner: Calzone at Giglio w/Cassie & Evans
Wednesday May 23
Went to La Tour Eiffel! Praise God for elevators (its a LONG way up)
The sky was foggy so we couldn’t see far far over the city but was still beautiful
Les Invalides: Napeolean buried here
Huge church with crazy beautiful design
Champs-Elysees: walked down the rue
Cheap coffee doesn’t exist here.
“I’ll just be 5 min. I know what I want.” – Cassie LOL
The Louvre Museum: spent roughly three hours inside. Saw Mona Lisa – she’s tiny.
Dinner: Le Chat Zen (Can’t recommend enough. I ate here 4 more times before we left)
Buses/Metro stopped running so had to walk home – Paris at Midnight is absolutely beautiful 10/10 recommend walking IN A GROUP
Thursday May 24th
(The Morning Of)
Arc de Triomphe – went inside/above and saw the city
Traffic is utter chaos and anarchy
Went to the Graveyard of Edith Piaf
Lunch: Chicken Burger
Jazz Festival: Cool venue but so hot and the air was nasty thick
Dinner: Pizza with Cassie/Salone/John
“We found the Underground club!”
Friday May 25th
Saturday May 26th
The Palace of Versailles
Steps: 24, 694
Sunday May 27th