French Exchange Part 14

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French Exchange Part 14

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French Exchange Part 14

When we arrived in Paris, we only stayed there for two days but at the same time, those two days were the most active days of the trip. The first hour we instantly headed to the hotel and prepared to go to the different locations. We all first made a stop at Notre Dame. The amount of tourists there made it extremely overcrowded. A long line formed outside. I got to go inside, and it was very tall viewed the inside. The church was also set up as a tourist shop. Half of the building had the historical site while the other half had merchandise in order to promote the building. It was interesting to see how they still had the church active despite having all of these tourists walking through and causing a distraction.

When we were outside, we had to be very careful. There were lots of pickpockets. They were everywhere. One even approached me. They did not much understood me since I was talking them in Spanish. There were a few instances where they almost pickpocketed other students.

This was on route to the Louvre. Luckfully we got through just fine. When we entered into the louvre, we had a limited time to go and explore, there were three different stages of the building and at most we had time to go and fully explore just one region. A few others and I chose the area where the Mona Lisa was and was headed to it. In there, lots of sculptures and paintings were there. Some of them I instantly recognized like the painting from the French revolution. By the time I got to go and see the mona lisa, there were lots of asian tourists taking photos. All of them were in crowds and taking photos of the painting. I got a snapshot from a distance. That painting was heavily guarded.

Towards the evening, we went to a restaurant and have eaten a meal before we went to the eiffel tower. One student in particular had a unique course which was considered to be a delicacy to eat raw meat. Soon we all walked to the Eiffel Tower and noticed how large it was, just by standing next to it. We had to be very careful on this part since there was an extreme amount of people here. Eventually we made it and crossed through. We took a group photo before we were allowed to explore the tower. There were three parts to the tower  the first floor which gave you a view. The area was not very popular.

The second floor where all of the souvenirs and people were at. The third floor was an elevator ride up. Sadly this closed when we got to it, but the sight was still unique to see. You can see all of the cameras flashing at a distance from the ground. As night progressed, the tower began to light up. It was new for us, but we realized that it happened every hour. Every hour, the tower flashes brightly for 5 minutes. I was on the second floor at the time and took video of the whole area. Almost everyone there did. We eventually had to go back down and leave the tower. Tomorrow was going to be a new day.

The next day started off by going to a catholic church known as the Sacré Cœur. It was almost as populated as Notre Dame from the crowd there was. Inside the history was shown on the sides and lots were moving through. Nearby there was numerous little shops that sold items from paris, souvenirs and in the center numerous artists were drawing. After there, we took the train heading to the Musee D’orsay. There were more artists paintings and sculptures from different artists. Some of the paintings of Vincent van Gogh were located here.

It was a unique experience. We went to one last restaurant before we headed on the boat ride. It was getting late. We got on the boat ride in a hurry since it was about to take off. We all made it and rode on the Seine river that traversed Paris. It was like a time panel, showing us all the different locations that we went through one last time. On the side, lots of people waved at us and did different events. Some danced, others sang, all of it was seen. Towards the end, we saw the eiffel tower light up and when we got off the boat, we saw the tower flash up one last time. It was a remarkable moment seeing the tower flash one last time. When we were arriving back to the hotel, we packed our items and prepared to leave.