Paris in Three Days: Oooh la la la

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2012

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bonjour to all!

So here is the extra long post on Paris I promised! In no particular order, here is all of the awesome stuff I did.

Versailles: On Saturday morning, we got up bright and early to go to Versailles! It was only about a 20-minute train ride outside Paris, and the metro system is really easy to figure out. Luckily, we soon found out that every museum in Paris will let you in for free when you show them your EU student visa. For a weekend full of museums, this was especially exciting. But I digress. So Versailles was GIANT. I mean huge. I mean I still don't fully comprehend how a series of guys thought they were cool enough to need all this. The palace itself was beautiful, and my favorite part was the hall of mirrors. The best part, though, was when we saw the Queen’s apartments. The audio guide (also free, yay students), told us that we were looking at the doorway through which Marie-Antoinette fled when the French Revolution began on the morning of October 6, 1792 . The cool part was, we were there the morning of October 6th!! From Versailles, we walked over to the Petit Trianon. The Petit Trianon was the baby palace built for Louis XV's mistress, and then given to Marie-Antoinette. It was the grandest tiny palace I have ever seen, it was so cute!

Louvre: On Sunday morning, we spent the entire morning in the Louvre (also free!). We hit up all of the highlights, but also walked through a few of the emptier galleries. Obviously we did not see everything, as that would have taken forever! We did, however, see the important stuff. This included the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo's Dying Captive, the Code of Hammurabi, some more Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Eyke, among others. It was really exhausting, but totally worth it.

Eiffel Tower: Since it was raining, we decided climbing the Eiffel Tower would be a great idea...Something about the line being shorter. It was, but also we were soaking wet. When it's raining on the group, it's even worse way up in the air... We got some great pictures though, and the view during the storm was cool. We even saw the lights twinkling!

Musée D'Orsay: The Musée d'Orsay is an old train station that they converted into a museum for Impressionism. There was tons of Monet,but also other favorites of mine like Renoir and Seurat. We breezed through pretty quickly since it was closing soon, but I saw some great paintings!

Champs Elysee: We wandered all down the Champs Elysee, starting at the Arc de Triumphe. We saw all the fancy designer stores, and from there walked all the way to the Louvre. We also saw the Jardin des Tuileries, and the big white tents of Paris fashion week!

Churches: We walked by the Notre Dame, which was under renovation. Near our hostel (which was in Montmartre, which was very adorable and French), we took a trolley all the way up to the Sacre Coeur. We went at night, because the church is beautiful when it is lit up. There is also a great view of Paris! There was a service going on though, so we didn't actually go all the way in.

Food: Well, all of the food was amazing. Most importantly, we went to Lauderee, the famous French macaroon shop. These were the best macaroons in the world, and the ones in the US are forever ruined for me. Also, at Maria's suggestion, we went to this famous restaurant called Pied de Couchon", and ate ourselves silly.

There was also one lovely afternoon where we walked along the river, and I ate roasted chestnuts and felt very French. We walked the whole length of the river, and it hurt, but it was so pretty! Here are my overall conclusions: Paris is greener and cleaner than Florence. Paris is more expensive than Florence. French food is tasty, but not filling in the least. Also, everyone makes out everywhere in Paris. 

Stay tuned for next weeks post (which will be fairly short, I promise) about the chestnut festival I will be attending in Marradi (more chestnuts!!), and the election debate I will be participating in.

Au revoir!
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