Wednesday, December 9, 2009

J'adore Paris: Day 1

Since I’m attempting to write 2 papers by this Friday, I don’t have time to write a complete Paris post. But instead of keeping you waiting, I present to you: Day 1!

This past weekend, Sarah, Emily, Mark and I took a 3-day trip to Paris!

DSC04784 Although we left London at 6:05 am, we didn’t get to Paris until about 6 pm. We checked into our hotel (which was pretty nice, except for some open-shower water-spraying-everywhere problems) and then took a bus tour of the city.  It was dark, but luckily Paris looks amazeballs at night.

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Ummz, I don’t remember what this building was. But I know it didn’t have any windows. 

DSC04450 Christmas (? maybe? or maybe it’s always there) Ferris wheel and the Obelisk

DSC04471 Arc de Triomphe

We next took a night river cruise down the River Seine.

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From the water, we had an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.

DSC04554 After the cruise, we braved the cold and waited in line to go up in the Eiffel Tower.

eiffel tower Terrible camera positioning…

While waiting, a French security guard heard me speaking English and his face lit up and he asked, “English!?!?” And I said “…Yeah!” and he proceed to vigorously shake my hand and ask with a heavy accent “How are you doing?” and I answered “Good! How are you?” but he had nothing more to say because that was the extent of his English. Good times.
After about an hour and half of waiting, we were able to buy our tickets and get on the elevator.  I didn’t know that I was afraid of elevators until I got in it and could see out and see how high were were going and I freaked out a little lot. I’m not afraid of heights—just elevators dropping me from heights. However, they were safe (hurray!), and we made it up all 990 feet of it. And the view was entirely worth it.

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Sorry I don’t have time to finish the post, days 2 and 3 coming soon!

3 comments:

Victoria said...

Wonderful post, Alyssa! Thanks for the cool peek into day 1 !
Good luck on your papers!

Em's Mom :0)

MoreThanMyOwnLife said...

Wow your pictures are so gorgeous. Consider me super jealous. Hopefully one day I'll make it to Paris!

Alisa said...

The place you don't remember the name of, with no windows is The Pantheon. (just in case you wanted to know for future labeling :-)) It's where Marie and Pierre Curie are buried, along with Victor Hugo and emile zola.