The city of lovvve! :)
09.11.2011 - 13.11.2011
PARIS….the city of love! And who not better to share it with than my partner in crime, Sarah!! The Paris trip had a bit of a ruff start. I was left wandering the streets of Paris all by lonesome for almost 2 days after Sarah denied boarding onto her plane because of her food poisoning. So, after that sad bit of news, I thought I was going to be stuck in Paris for 5 days alone.
The first 2 days were definitely an experience, but not something I’d like to do again. Traveling alone, it’s not for me! I was seeing all these great things with no one to share it with. It was depressing! My first night I randomly met two girls from Ecuador when they asked me to take their picture in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre. I ended up walking around with them the rest of the night. On the second day, I joined in on a free group tour which was actually very interesting, and I learned some interesting things. Assuming that Sarah was never going to join me, I ended up climbing the Eiffel Tower all by myself. But, while waiting in line, I chatted it up with a family from Idaho which made me feel more at home and I met some boy on top of the tower that was my age. So, I guess it wasn’t too bad. Its just that, Paris is the city of love. It’s one thing to be alone in some random city. But Paris, the place that you are supposed to visit with at least some sort of companion…well, being alone is just not allowed. So, you could imagine my excitement when I walked into the front door of the place I was sitting and there was Sarah!!!
We had to make up for lost time so our time together was nothing short of busy. We saw the Notre Dame, saw the Moulin Rouge and “pigalle” area (the “raunchy “ part of the city..interesting), the Louvre, Versailles Palace, the Eiffel Tower and more. The Eiffel tower was beauteous! And, watching it illuminate at night every hour was mesmerizing! I even took my madre’s t-shirt that she bought in Paris years ago and took a picture in front of the Eiffel tower wearing it.
The Mona Lisa was neat to see. It was pretty tiny, but still cool that we were right there, in front of the real thing. We also got to see the Code of Hammurabi and Aphrodite.
The food was amazinggg. It was such a nice change from the food in Madrid. Every we had was delicious. Of course there were crepes. I had mine with Nutella, the popular out here. Croissants, French fries, French onion soup…all of the cliché things!
When Sarah and I went to Versailles and were waiting in line, a group of Asian boys (who didn’t speak English) asked us to take pictures with them! I think they thought we were French. After all, we were wearing berets!
One day, we rented bikes for 1.50 Euro and touring around the city. It was great! And, it was such a better way to see the city than traveling underground in a smelly metro.
On our last day, I took Sarah to this bridge that I had learned about on my walking tour. The bars on the sides of the bridge were covered with locks. The story is that you and your significant other write your names and the date on the lock, attach it to one of the bars, and simultaneously throw the keys into the river below. This must be done with a lock that requires keys because throwing the keys away represents the “eternity of your bond” haha. No combination locks are allowed so that you cant go back later and take it off! So, of course Sarah and I had to do it to represent our unbreakable friendship!
Hmm, what else..I guess dats it! It was one of my favorite trips!..not that I haven’t enjoyed every single one!