Paris, France continued

The next morning, we woke up and got ready for our day in Paris.  We wanted to do everything touristy under the sun but could really only fit in a few things for the day. We started out our day by heading to the Eiffel Tower because it was necessary.  Unfortunately, the day that we were in town it was super windy and we weren’t able to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower so we had to stare at it longingly from the ground. From there we made a pit stop at the Wall of Peace, also known as the Mur de la Paix.  I’m not entirely sure it’s still in Paris but I hope it is. It is a beautiful glass wall filled with the word “Peace” written in multiple languages with the Eiffel Tower peaking out from behind it.  It is truly an amazing wall to stumble upon.  If it’s still hanging out in Paris, I highly recommend stopping by.

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After seeing the Mur de la Paix, we mdae our way to the Arc de Triomphe and then along the road down the Champs-Elysees.  I have to admit that when I first saw the “Champs-Elysees” I stared at the words in wonderment because I do not know French and cannot for the life of me try to speak French. I had to be schooled on how to properly call the street by it’s name.  If you don’t know this specific street, it ends (or starts dependent on how you look at it) at the Arc de Triomphe and is a famous street in Paris filled to the brim with stores of all sorts.  If you’re looking for the designer clothes, this is definitely a place to check out.  I have to admit that I felt pretty out of place here because I was walking around in my flip flops and Bermuda shorts (like an awesome person).  Please note that I was really fashionable at this moment in my life…

During the time here, I definitely learned more about other cultures and how they view certain things.  Lines here do not exist in the same way that they do in many other places.  I had people cutting the line or at least what I assumed was a line and I couldn’t figure out why.  I was apparently not aggressive enough to ensure that I did not have to deal with the line cutting.

After some shopping we made our way to the Louve and spent the remainder of our day there. We ended up spending about 5 hours at the museum and even then it wasn’t fully enough to really appreciate everything it had to offer.  We did get to see the Mona Lisa which I can officially cross off my checklist but to be completely honest, I was underwhelmed by the experience.  First of all there were so many people around and I couldn’t really get a close up look of the painting.  In addition, there’s a rope guarding it because, well it is the Mona Lisa and then it’s really small.  It’s the Mona Lisa and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking about the painting but I do know that I expected it to be significantly larger than it actually was. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful to see and it was great to be able to see the famous painting in real life but don’t go into the Louve expecting something spectacular like the Guerrnica. It definitely is not to that size. Overall, the Louve was everything I wanted and so much more.  The art work and the beautiful pieces that are located there, you can spend hours upon hours there and feel like you just barely scratched the surface.

When we finally had enough of the museum, we finally made our way to dinner.  I wish I could say that we had the fanciest of French meals filled with carbs and butter but unfortunately our Parisian friend wanted….McDonalds. Needless to say, I can officially declare that I ate the most expensive McDonald’s meal of my life that day.  As weird as it sounds though, McDonald’s in other countries is always an experience because they carry items that you’re not typically used to elsewhere. I didn’t venture out and try anything exceptionally cool so I did not take full advantage of being in a Parisian McDonald’s.

From there, we headed back to our friend’s place for the evening and played a few rounds of cards and got ready for bed.  The next day we were heading to Versailles.

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