Paris: Day 3.
We sang at Notre Dame today. My, oh my, can we just say AMAZING? First of all, we got to enter in the side and go down to the crypt, then we got to go into the choir loft, which is off limits to everyone else who visits the church. So we got pictures from and of places that nobody else ever gets to see! It was incredible. Then when we started singing, there were SO many people there, and so many of them stopped to sit down and listen. It was also really overwhelming...every time I looked up at the rose window, I about lost it. I definitely started crying as soon as we started singing Ubi Caritas, though. It made me realize how lucky I was to be with a group like this in a PLACE like that, doing what I love. Truly the experience of a lifetime.
Then we stopped and got lunch over by the opera house at this little place called Hippopotamus haha, it was so cute! Then (this is the craziest thing that has happened to me so far), I went to get some more euros since I had just spent my last cash on lunch, and I walked into this change place and asked for 60 euros. The dummy behind the counter gave me 60 euros worth of SWISS FRANCS. Like, where am I even going to USE that in this country?! Anyway, I didn't have the time to take care of it then because we had to go get on the bus, but I was SO frustrated. So, I'll have to find a way to get by on nothing until I can get this stupid money changed again.
Then we were off to our second concert of the day at the La Madeline. What a cool church! It has 52 pillars lining the outside of it, one for each of the 52 weeks of the year. The concert went really really well, we got a lot of good feedback, and once again, people sat down and stayed to watch. OH, and there was a family there that had just moved to Paris from the states and they were OSU fans! They had two little babies, one was like 6 months old and the other was 3, and he was PRECIOUS. He knew every word to the alma mater and sang it with us, and he has his little orange OSU shirt on. It was the cutest. Anyway, this church was really cool to be in because it was Faure's church, and after our concert, we all circled up and sang Ubi just for our sake, to kind of leave a musical offering there. Once again, tearssss. Another amazing experience.
Then we went up to Montmartre, which was a movie-typical little French town, super tourist-y, but fun to see, and we had dinner and shopped around there for a bit. Tori and I had a Nutella crepe for dinner- YUM. Then, we got to go on a sunset boat ride on the Seine! Gosh, it was so beautiful. The weather was perfect, and we got to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and so many other gorgeous buildings from the river. This was probably the busiest day we've had on our trip so far, but it was definitely the best.