DAY 49 TO 58
Sorry I haven't been blogging much guys! Just been so busy and I actually should be doing homework RIGHT NOW because I haven't done any since I left to Paris.. YES PARIS!!! I LOVE PARIS! It has always been my dream to go, and in fact it did come true! I went to Paris with Bailey and Colleen. We tried to pack as much as we could into four short days there. It's been tough. We definitely tried to visit all the touristic places.. I've never gone to a city that had SO many things to do! Also, I didn't realize how huge Paris was.. O . O. At first we had trouble finding a place to live because when we did find one, we didn't realize how far away the place was from the city center. LUCKILY my friend Viroth and his friend Clement decided to host us, and it was a plus that they lived near the center :) THANK YOU GUYZ! YOU DA BESTEST!
DAY 49 (04.23.13): MOVIE IN ADVERTISING CLASS
Sorry just wanted to stick this day in here because in my advertising class we watched a movie called A Royal Affair, which I totally recommend! It reminds me of how historic Europe is and I love it! It is about a queen who married an insane king, but falls in love with a close friend of the king, who is also the royal couple's physician. It includes radical thoughts at the time and the start of a revolution. It's also based on a true story. :) Watch it. Now.
DAY 50 (04.24.13): MEETING PARIS
On our first day we were hit with the case of the delayed train; the train was an hour late.. Obviously we couldn't go by our plans because we planned to get there by noon-ish; instead we tried to get a feel for the city. We walked around the Eiffel Tower and took photos. We also walked around the Champs-Élysées Avenue for a little and eventually we ate at a restaurant for Bailey's 21st birthday. Clement was nice enough to pay for her first Chardonnay! We had a really great time, but my feet were killing me while we were walking home... THIS IS JUST A FORESHADOWING OF WHAT WE WERE ABOUT TO FACE! Our first day was very chill and we didn't do much, but what we had planned for this day would have to be spread out through the other days. We knew that the weather would be nice for the first two days and cold for the second two days... We planned accordingly.
DAY 51 (04.25.13): VERSAILLES & MUSEE D'ORSAY
For the second day we had a set schedule that went a little off track, but we did almost everything we wanted to. First, we dropped by the bakery and grabbed some fresh bread. We ate there and headed off to the Palace of Versailles later than we wanted to. However, we were still able to enjoy the palace and the garden without rushing. The palace was magnificent and flamboyant. Gold was laced everywhere and every piece of furniture was decorative. It is so amazing to think that the entire palace was the home of the emperor.. ALL THAT SPACE! One thing I noticed was how small the beds were; like small squares instead of the typical rectangular bed. I thought maybe people were smaller than we are now, but my roommate says maybe they slept a different way. Who knows.. After going through the palace, we walked into the gardens. What we didn't know was that we could rent golf carts to go around the gardens. The weather was warm and the sun was shining brightly. It was perfect for a picnic. We sun bathed for about forty-five minutes. After we finished sunbathing, we saw that Colleen was sunburnt, and Bailey had a very light sunburn. Some guy in the metro pressed his finger on Colleen's back to remind her that she was burnt lol... Fail.
When we returned from Versailles, we visited a great museum called Musee D'Orsay. We weren't allowed to get photos, but I did take some of the clock. Musee D'Orsay used to be an old train station, but it was repurposed for a museum. This museum had a fine collection of Impressionist paintings. Some of the artists we saw were Manet, Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Renoir. I'm sad we weren't allowed to take photos, and I wonder why.. Wish I could have some sort of memory of what I saw, especially when my memory isn't that amazing..
Afterwards we wanted to go to the Pompidou Museum, but couldn't find the way. We walked for a long time and never found the train station. We already walked half way there; our feet were pulsing with pain and blisters. We were also very hungry and decided to go to a grocery store. Colleen had a bright idea of going to a nearby McDonald's to get some spoons since we had no silverware. AND WE FEASTED on La Seine :) After climbing over this fenced area where people piss..... Lol. Even so, this was my favorite part of the day because we could sit down for good and enjoy the beautiful city of Paris. We saw the large, round moon sitting right above the bridge. The water was relaxing and reflecting the sky; dark on one side and light on the other. The river reminded me of the brush strokes of Van Gogh's starry night. It was very inspiring. One of the most beautiful nights I will never forget. When it got dark, Boats would float by with their lights, lighting up the night. The Eiffel Tower could be seen from our place, and one time it even sparkled like a light show.. I didn't get photos of that though. There were so many people picnicking on the river.. Some random guy kept asking us if we wanted beer for a euro and I kept telling him no.. I didn't want some then and I don't want any now! Lol... Also, I noticed some American ladies sitting next to us that were loud and obnoxious. Didn't say anything though, just tried to enjoy my time. Our night ended very well. We were tired and preparing ourselves for the next jam-packed day.
DAY 52 (04.26.13): HARDCORE TOURING
The third day we got up extra early and grabbed breakfast yet again at a bakery. I love French bakeries so much. I will definitely miss it when I'm gone from Europe. We planned on taking over the Louvre Museum for about three and a half hours. AND we pretty much did... Walked nearly the entire thing.. THAT'S UNHEARD OF! We literally walked through three floors (Louvre has four and remember the Louvre is ginormous). Although we trekked pretty quickly, we did spend time on the paintings we learned about in art history. To see the painting in person has such a different impact than learning about it in class.. I appreciate museums more than I did before, and it's a great feeling. We visited the Mona Lisa, and she was a lot smaller than I thought. There was a glass cover that made it hard to get a good photo, but it's ok. I can die now that I know I saw her ;D. We also saw some of the paintings I really enjoyed learning about such as Oath of the Horatii, Coronation of the Empress Josephine, Odalisque, The Turkish Bath, The Valpinçon Bather, and many more. Sometimes when I'd see the painting, it would feel like my sight was shortened (I don't know how to explain it). When I remembered the painting in my mind, it was a lot deeper like I was part of the painting.. Who knows. I can't explain it very well, but it was interesting and you'd just have to see it by yourself.
After the Louvre, I used my camera so much that the batteries were drained. I had to take photos using my phone. We planned on going to Sainte Chapelle, but it wasn't open until 2:00 PM, so we decided to visit the Conciergerie since we planned on it anyway. The Conciergerie is where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before her death. It wasn't amazing, but it was nice to visit a historic place. It seemed more like a nice castle to me the way the ceilings were vaulted. The Conciergerie told its tale of how people were imprisoned, sometimes more than one to a tiny room with straw as a bed. More valued prisoners sometimes got a bed and a desk to write. Marie Antoinette had guards to watch her and a bed and a rather large room. There was also a room were people met and had their last dinner before they were executed (at least from my memory, I think this is what it was lol). It was interesting. Some people think that getting your head chopped off is a quick and painless way to die, but personally I don't know if I'd want that. I would rather die in my sleep lol.
At two, we went to the Sainte Chapelle and waited in a line, even though we got Museum Passes. It was cold and we were also very hungry. There was a couple in front of us that kept making out and being lovey dovey, which isn't a horrible thing, but the guy kept glancing back at us. We felt very awkward and I don't know... Paris is the city of love of course and I saw multiple examples of PDA... Lol but it's a little much for me. Anyway.. We got into the Sainte Chapelle's lower level and it was beautiful.. However, what I was waiting for was the upper level where all the stained glass windows were. We went up to see the windows and it was breathtaking. The only problem was that half of the chapel was under construction. Nevertheless, it was beautiful. Although the day wasn't sunny, I still enjoyed it very much. I remember learning about it in classes and saying that one day I will visit this beauty. It was a lot smaller than I expected.
After the Sainte Chapelle, we ate at a small and cheap restaurant (I forget the name); we all had our first Croque Madame, which is a grilled cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top and we had a side of fries. We didn't get any drinks, and this was the first time that we ever got flat tap water for free LOL. They must know their tourists well. Next on our list was the Notre Dame. It began to rain and it sucked because it was also kind of windy. Notre Dame was great, but I didn't like it as much as the Sainte Chapelle. There were a ton of people there and when you enter the Notre Dame there is a sign that says "Silence." Pahah... one time the crowd was getting a little loud and we were hushed over the speaker system... They said, "SHHHHHHHHHH! Please remain silent." Or something like that. It was pretty funny. One time when I was taking a photo, some asian girl literally pushed me out of the way. I stared at Bailey with an expression like, "Is this really happening?" She didn't even know if I was done taking the photo. I was gonna drop kick someone, but decided to let her win this battle. She's lucky we were in a cathedral.
The last place we visited this day was the Pantheon. It housed the remains of some noteworthy people such as Voltaire, Rousseau, and Dumas. By this time, our phones were on the verge of giving up too, and so we decided that this would be our last stop. The Pantheon was cold, dark, and very quiet. At the end of the night, we bought groceries and went back to Clement's to enjoy a small concert by Viroth.
DAY 53 (04.27.13): FINAL DAY IN PARIS
Finally, our last day was pretty rushed. We started about an hour or so late. We made it to the Pompidou with hopes of seeing Salvador Dali's exhibition, but realized that the moving exhibition had already been shown. However, the Pompidou was still a great museum because I saw a lot of work I knew. We saw Brancusi, Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Willem de Kooning, Rothko, Picasso, Yves Kleine, and many more. I love museums, both traditional and modern. We were only able to spend about two hours here because we lost an hour and were leaving in the evening.
After the museum, we went to the Arc de Triomphe, but only to get photos of it. We didn't get to go inside, which is sad, but we couldn't do everything especially since we still had to see the Sacre Couer. We met up with one of Colleen's friends and Viroth before we went to Sacre Couer. We also got some of the most expensive ice cream I've ever had at the Haagen Das nearby. Sacre Couer has a wonderful view of Paris, and it was a great way to end our trip.. What sucked was getting to the train station on time because we had issues. We had to wait for Viroth's driver who was stuck in traffic. However, we couldn't wait because we needed to be on time.. So we just took the metro and nearly missed our train. When we got to the station, we didn't know where our train was until we decided five minutes before the train left to walk down to the other side of the waiting area. I saw from a distance a small train that people were running to and thought, "Guys... I think that's our train!" We made a run for it and luckily made it, but barely! Lol... We got to Trier at night and had to wait for a bus.... This day was ridiculous, but at least we made it home in one piece. We were really pushing our luck.
DAY 58 (05.02.13): REFLECTION OF PARIS
Now that we've done all the touristic things, I'd like to say that next time I go to Paris, I can finally go to relax and enjoy the city. Every single day my feet were blistered, but it was totally worth it. I love Paris and I don't know if there will be another city like it. I should be working on my projects soon, but I needed to blog before anything else happens in my life! Yesterday we had a girls get together at Shannon's and made yummy pasta and salad. I rode my bike home and rode the wrong way... FAIL. Then had to face Bailey and Colleen who were walking back home lol. FML.. This would only happen to me. Anyway, off to work.