First 4 days in Paris

Trip Start Jun 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bonjour from Paris!
I have now made my way onto the continent and am now in French mode. I took the Eurostar train from London to Paris last on Wednesday and arrived by 10am. It was only a 10 minute walk from the train station to my hotel in the Opera district of Paris. I met up with my group and got right on a coach bus for a bus tour of the city. Despite already having been here twice, it was still exciting to see all the sites again, I don't think you can ever get enough of Paris.

The whole group went out for a "class" dinner followed by a of walking to get our bearings of the community around out hotel. I also watched the finale of the Amazing Race French edition at night, which was quite exciting.

Thursday we got right down to business as our classes started by 9 and went to 1 o'clock. It is a bit hard to think about doing school work while in Paris but I got though it, especially when the work might include going to a cafe and having a discussion. This evening we all went to the Tour Eiffel for a picnic.

Friday was another early wake up for the day trip to Versailles. This was something I had not done before so I finally started taking some pictures whilst here. Versailles is absolutely massive, our 5 hours there merely scratching the surface of the palace and the huge gardens. The weather thus far has been a bit disappointing, it is not cold but it is certainly not hot and each day has seen a cloud cover only allowing the sun to come out for 10 minutes or so at a time. Hopefully Nice will provide for the warmth that I expected from France in July. I tried foie gras for the first time at dinner this evening which I really enjoyed.

Saturday was an even earlier wake up (7am) for our tour of the Louvre. Our hour and a half all French tour was very interesting and informative. Again, the Louvre is so massive that we couldn't possibly have seen everything. After the Louvre it was walking for the next 4 hours or so. We walked to Notre Dame, through the Latin Quarter, to the Jardins des Tuileries and from the Champs Elysses all the way to the Arc de Triomphe. If you have been here before you have an idea just how much walking that is!

The next few days will include a visit to Sacre Coeur (my favourite site in Paris), more classes (boo), a riverboat evening on the Seine and perhaps a day trip to another city just outside of Paris...then it will be off to the French Riviera!
A bientot
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