Bonjour Paris!

13 Dec

Here is a bit about our weekend in Paris… When we arrived in Paris on Friday, we headed straight to our hotel and went to bed. It was an exhausting day of travel. We woke up early on Saturday morning and headed to the Arc de Triomphe, where we saw the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  

After the Arc de Triomphe, we walked to the Eiffel Tower. When we made it to the Eiffel Tower we stopped for our first crepe, which was amazing!! I had a nutella and coconut crepe, which melted in my mouth.

After enjoying a crepe, we made our way to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was so cold and took us about an hour to make it to the top, but it was worth it. We had an amazing view of the city and took some wonderful pictures.

  

We made it down from the Eiffel Tower, and after getting both coffee and hot chocolate (because again, it was so cold), we took a boat ride down the Seine River. Half way through the boat ride, we got off to see Notre Dame. This cathedral was very pretty. Its 850th anniversary is December 2012, so they are celebrating all next year, and completing many renovations in the Cathedral, some of which include new bells and fixing the organ.

 

After spending time at Notre Dame, we found the boat and headed back to the Eiffel Tower, which was absolutely beautiful at night. We then took a few snap shots, and finally headed to dinner.

Our desk clerk recommended a restaurant called Hippopotamus (well it was the French word for hippopotamus). When we got there it was packed. We had about a 30 minute wait before we got seated, but it wasn’t too bad. There were hippos everywhere in the restaurant, and in our sandwiches they put toothpicks that had hippos on them. It was a lot of fun and the food was delicious. Once we finished dinner and paid our bill, it was already around midnight, so we headed back to our hotel. When we arrived back to the hotel, I took off a few of my outer layers, got in bed, and fell right to sleep.

Sunday we woke up again fairly early, got ready, and headed into Paris. We stopped for breakfast, I had a delicious croissant and coffee, and then we headed to the Louvre Museum. There was a short line, but we made it through fairly quickly, and into the museum we went!

  

Once inside we made our way to Ramses II, Aphrodite, The Wedding Feast, and finally the Mona Lisa. It was so neat to finally see all of the pieces that we had heard about for years in real life. The Wedding Feast was huge and took up the entire wall! The Mona Lisa was on the opposite wall, and it was not nearly as large. It was behind a glass case and there was a line to approach the painting. I was able to snap a few pictures and even made my way to the front of the line to get a nice look. The experience was so surreal. I still cannot believe I was able to see the Mona Lisa in real life.

After the Louvre we wandered around Paris and looked at different street vendors and stores. I purchased a couple of Eiffel Tower key chains, ate dinner and another crepe, and then before I knew it was time to catch the taxi to the airport. We had an hour ride to the airport, made it through a very strict security fairly easily, and then got on the plane back to Barcelona! Yesterday, Monday, started our last week at SEK:( I cannot believe how quickly time has flown. I taught yesterday and this morning, and I am currently on a break before I teach more this afternoon. We spent last night in La Garriga and we plan to do the same tonight. I really need to start packing, but I am a little nervous as to how everything will fit back in my bag. Looks like I may have to sit on my bag in order to get it zipped! Oh well, it will be worth it!

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