Today was absolutely WONDERFUL. It was truly magnificent here in Paris. We woke up early and got some breakfast of croissants, applesauce, et chocolat chaud! We then went to le Parc de Butte Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement. It was beautiful! It is an ancient old mine where criminals used to be hanged, but Napolean III turned it into the 4th largest “lung of Paris”. It was quite an escape, as we couldn’t hear any of the city noises. We will be returning often to this oasis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttes_Chaumont for more information.
After the park, we took the metro (I LOVE the metro!!) to the Champs Elysees. It wasn’t very crowded, as it is still before the general tourist season, but it was very fashionable and chic. Our class met for a while under l’Arc de Triomphe. It is a beautiful monument, surrounded by some of the craziest drivers and intersections I have ever seen! I would not like to drive in Paris. There weren’t even lines painted on the ground! Next, some of us went to the Bourse district, the equivalent of Wall Street. There were tons of neat shops, selling everything to ancient Roman coins to fashionable clothes. Morgan, Laura, and I purchased some old stamps and postcards to decorate our journals with.
For dinner, half of us went to a cafe close by the hotel. It is called Velocipide. The waiter was very funny and helped us with our French. He couldn’t explain what “nem de poulet” was though. Poulet means chicken, so we assumed the dish was safe. Much to our surprise, we were served chicken egg rolls! Chinese food in Paris, who would have thought?! The most amazing part of the day was at night, when we went to see the Eiffel Tower. We went at dusk, so we saw the sunset and the city come to life. There is nothing more beautiful than the lights of the city reflected off of the Seine river. The whole experience looked like a living painting. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is true. The tower is 1,063 feet tall. I forgot how high that really is! It was an amazing experience. We arrived at the hotel late, around 12 midnight, and now we are showering (still no shower curtain!), writing in our journals, and blogging. Today was perfect, and I don’t think anything will top it!
Faites des beaux reves,