Spring Break Part 2: Paris, France

After two days in Barcelona, my roommate Allison and I woke up at the crack of dawn to get to the airport for our flight to Paris. Going to Paris has always been a dream of mine, so I was extremely excited about this portion of our spring break trip. We landed in Paris around 8 am and got to our hostile around 10 am. Since we did not want to waste a day in Paris by sleeping through it, Allison and I decided to explore the area where our hostel was located, Montmartre. We walked past the Moulin Rouge, and then up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The church was absolutely beautiful, and the view was breathtaking. We could see all of Paris from those church steps. After exploring, we got some crepes and then headed back to the hostel to take a nap. We then woke up and decided to go check out the Eiffel Tower and get some dinner. The tower at night was stunning, and it was so cool to actually see this architectural phenomenon in person. While standing under the tower, we decided we HAD to buy tickets and take the elevator to the top. This view was also breathtaking, but even more so because of all of the lights. Just from this short day, I could easily tell that Paris was going to be a beautiful experience.

We spent a majority of our second day in Louvre Museum. The Louvre is huge, so it was not hard to spend so much time wondering through the different exhibits. We got to see all of the big pieces, like the Mona Lisa, which was surreal. All of the art was beautiful, and the artifacts were really cool. After the Louvre, Allison and I went on the big wheel, and saw another amazing view of Paris! After shivering on the wheel, we headed over toward Notre Dame. The church was really pretty, but more touristy compared to the other churches we had been to. We then grabbed a quick bite to eat, and then headed toward the hostel.

We spent the third day exploring more of Paris. Allison and I waited in line for the Catacombs for a really long time, but the line was not moving and it was very cold, so we gave up and went to the Modern Art Museum. The pieces were pretty interesting, but the museum was kind of small. After walking through we went to Musee d’orsay. The pieces were iconic, and just like the Louvre, I was able to see such historic and beautiful pieces of art. We then got dinner, and then headed to Ladurèe to get macarons. They were super tasty.

Our flight out of Paris wasn’t until 8pm so we had some more time to explore on our last day. Allison and I went to the Arch de Triomphe and walked around the monument. We then got some croissants and went to try and get into the Catacombs again. We actually got in, and saw thousands of bones. After the Catacombs we went to the airport and got on our flight to Prague. Paris was a dream come true, and I hope I will be able to visit again.

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