Hello again! This past weekend we took a short but very fun trip to Paris. I love it!
When we arrived, we checked into our hotel and then grabbed some McDonalds cuz it was right next door for our lunch. After that we set out to Le Bourget to see the Paris Air Show. We lucked out, because it was supposed to rain all weekend. Insead we got a few sprinkles and the rest was fairly nice weather. We saw some cool planes and displays at the air show and then decided to head back in to the city to do a little sightseeing/eat some dinner.
None of us really had a map to go anywhere so at the Metro stop we picked a place and went. It actually worked out pretty well. We went to the Champ-Elysees. When we got off the Metro we didn't know where we were going and went in the wrong direction. We did find the Alexandre III bridge which is very nice, and pretty elaborately decorated. Finally we figured out where we were going. Along the way we stopped to get something to drink and try out a crepe from a street vendor. Amazing! It was everything I thought it would be. A thin little warm pancake with plenty of sugar. We wanted to do some window shopping on the Champ-Eysees and we also found a little brasserie to sit down and have a something to eat.
We were amost to the Arc de Triomphe so we had to go check it out. I ended up buying a painting from one of the people on the street, but I got a fair price. I actually named my price and he came down to what I would pay in the end. We climbed the stairs all the way to the top and got some very nice views of the city. After we were done taking it all in we were ready to go back to the hotel to freshen up. But before we could do that, Jenn decided she really liked my painting and got one almost exactly like it.
At 10:00 pm Jennifer's cousin's brother-in-law (yes I know) who lives in Paris volunteered to show us around the city at night when everything was lit up. He took us all around and to the Eiffel tower which we spent a good portion of the night looking at and taking pictures of. It's beautiful, but I was really wishing I could have my boyfriend there, even though he hates France. There were lots of cute couples holding hands and getting flowers. Still it was very exciting. We went by the Louvre and Notre Dame as well, and he told us a lot about the history of the city on the way. By that time, however, I was completely exhausted and ready to sleep.
On Sunday morning, we got up and went back down by the Eiffel Tower. From there we took a tour boat/bus down the Seine River and could get on and off where we wanted. We took it all the way around and stopped for pictures at the Louvre and Notre Dame. We are saving the Louvre to go to at the end of July though, because we want to spend a whole day there. Notre Dame is beautiful and I wouldn't mind going to church there every Sunday.
The last thing on our agenda for the day was to go the Jardin de Plants. But on our way walking down by the river, we saw an ostrich and had to take some pictures. Jenn and I got really excited and decided on our next trip we would have to go to the zoo. But we lucked out, because as soon as we turned the corner to go to the Gardin/Jardin, we found out that the zoo was part of it. Jenn and I went to the zoo and Jared wandered around the gardens. They had flamingos, and turtles and camels and lots of goats. But I think we were most amazed by the cow and horse and last but not least the "Ass". When I think of donkeys however they usually don't look like a matted wooly mammoth. And these definitely reminded me of something really hairy and gross.
When we were finished at the zoo, Jenn and I got some cotton candy as an afternoon snack. Then it was time to go home. So to the Gare we went and here we are.
It was a great trip and we're all pretty excited for the four days we are going to spend there at the end of our internships. And our last night in Europe is going to be in Paris too, so we've decided that we are just going to walk around Paris at night and take it all in.
On a side note: Work is still good. I've been getting quite a bit done> I don't have my own office anymore but that just means that more people come and talk to me. So that's good. I will probably get my own office again after next week though. The girl that I share an office with is going to be finished with her stage next Friday.
And slowly but surely, I'm learning some new French words and phrases. I'm well on my way to being able to have a conversation by the end of July.
Hope all is well! Au revoir!