Paris: Day 1.
Well, having a 30 hour nonstop day is one sure fire way to ensure everyone gets to sleep when they need to be. I woke up at 6 am yesterday (Friday) to leave Stillwater by 7, board a plane first to Atlanta, and then finally arrive in Paris at 6 am local time today (Saturday). As soon as we landed we were busy with touristy-type things. Our wonderful tour guide, Andres, took us on a bus tour around all of Paris. We got to stop and take pictures at the opera house, go to our first French café for breakfast, and walk around the city for a bit. Then it was back on the bus, over to the Arc de Triomphe, and then to three different places around the Eiffel Tower. If there's one thing I've learned about France, it's that nothing about the architecture is boring. Everything is incredibly detailed and extraordinarily beautiful. I didn't see a single boring building all day.
After the tower, we went to the Luxembourg gardens, which were absolutely STUNNING. The first thing I noticed when I got off the bus was the beautiful smell coming from all the flowers. After Luxembourg, things started to get tough, though. By this time, most people had been up for over 24 hours with little to no sleep, and for some reason a guided tour of The Louvre seemed like a good idea. I cannot even begin to explain how miserable everyone was- we were dragging. It was easy to spot any OSU student because we all looked like zombies. I was a little upset about this because I wanted to enjoy and appreciate this opportunity SO BAD, but the fact that I was falling asleep standing up made that almost impossible. Thankfully though, our tour only lasted about two hours and we got to spend the rest of our time there up in the food court sleeping with our heads down on the tables.
THEN it was time to head to the hotel. I kid you not when I say that not a soul was awake on the bus. Finally, though, we made it, and we had a nice opportunity to rest and wash up before dinner. Then Andres took us out and showed us the metro station, and then released us upon the city! So naturally, we all turned right back around and went straight to bed.
Jordan and I are more than excited to have a night out on the town tomorrow....although it's Sunday, so I'm not sure exactly how many places will be open...