Thursday, March 29, 2012

#2: Paris

Bonjour! We got to Paris on Sunday and stayed until Wednesday. We stayed the longest here compared to the other cities.

When we first got in, the weather was kinda dreary with light sprinkles. We were looking for our hotel that was wedged in between two restaurants in the Latin Quarter. Our first thoughts were...oh gosh, where are we staying? We thought we would upgrade from a hostel to a hotel for Paris, but it wasn't much of an upgrade. The hotel was very old, had no elevator, and had an uneven spiral staircase. The room was small, but totally bearable. The positives were: LOCATION! and we had our own bathroom. The location was so perfect! We were surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and shops. It was very close to all the sites we wanted to see. The area was just... LIVELY.

We went to the Museo d'orsay first. It was such a cool museum. It was good to see art work I actually Van Gogh and Monet. I also really like an artist named Edgar Degas. He is known for his art with ballerinas.

Here is a famous piece called the Dance Class:

We went to Laduree, twice during our trip. I tried the pistachio, salted caramel, raspberry, lemon, and caffe macaroons. The salted caramel macaroon was my favorite! Laduree had the cutest window displays.

For dinner, I was daring and tried Beef tartar. For those of you who don't know what that's raw sirloin or filet. It was actually really good, but it was just scary to look at it. The thought of getting sick...was nerve- wrecking.

The next day, we went to the Louvre. Saw Mona! :-) along with many other paintings. Supposedly you can spend the entire day at the Louvre....but for me, it was a short 1-hr trip. I get bored easily...also it was super crowded! I'd rather go shopping!

Me and Alli shopped down Saint Honore and got French onion soup for lunch!

On Tuesday- we took a train to Versailles. It was beautiful, both inside and out. I loved the chandeliers and "Victorian" style decorations in the palace.

In the evening, we went on a dinner cruise along the Seine River. We watched the sun set as we passed by the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, and other beautiful sites.

On Wednesday morning, we went to the Nord train station to catch our ride to London. We took the Eurostar, which was amazing by the way. It only took us 2 hours to get there. It was nice to just hop on a train, without having to go to a crowded airport with strict security. That was Paris in a nutshell!

Keep posted for London :)

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