Macklen's Euro Trip
Wednesday the 7th: Today we woke up a bit late...so we could sleep in. Patrick and Meghan packed up their stuff and left it behind the hostel front desk because they left today at 2:00pm. We went to the Champs de Elysees, which is an expensive shopping district. I went into Virgin Records to find some local music...but saved my money to buy a cd of a Spanish artist later on in my travels. We had lunch at a local cafe...again, I had pizza...eh, it's cheap? and pretty good. it was either that or a sandwich, or a foot-long hot dog in a toasted bun. we've been using the metro system here and it has been workign out beautifully! it's very easy to manage and the trains run regullarly...one comes every couple of minutes and there are maps of the stops everywhere. i love maneuvering between all the people, pretending i am a local, and know where i'm going! So, I saw pat and meghan off to their metro station...they are in london right now, and leave to the states tomorrow. I wish them a safe trip back! I had a great time with them here...we had fun, learned a lot, and got along really well! This afternnon, my first on my own, I made another trip to the Louvre where I checked out rooms I didn't have time to see on my first trip (I could go seventy more times and not see everything!) I saw paintings by Reubens, Van Dyck, Caravagio, Holbein, beautiful self-portraits of Rebrant, and many more! It was fun because this time I got a self-guided audio tour that has headphones and I can enter artwork codes in and the mini-computer will give me a 3 minute informational speech on the piece of art. It was fun to learn new things today! I am now in a new room for tonight. A 6 bed room, with a toilet and shower included. (With patrick and meghan we had a 3 bed private room...which was nice!!!!) Tomorrow I leave on a train for Milan, then change to go to Bari, Italy. In Bari I catch a ngiht ferry to Patras, Greece. From there I will go to Athens and stay for 3 days. It'll be a lot of travelling...but it'll be worth it when I get there! I can't wait for the beautiful sights and sun! Love you all!!!!! -mackie.