Me, looking quite tired, in front of Paris, looking quite beautiful.
OK, Iâ€™m finally sending an update from Paris! Iâ€™ve been here for 4 days and this is honestly the first chance Iâ€™ve had to get to a computer and write anything. It has been amazing though, so let me get started J
Landed around 9:45 am Paris time- the flight was great and we even got some free wine from the flight attendant. I think he felt sorry for Jason and Iâ€¦ Anyway, we landed, got through customs and to baggage claim, and I saw a man carrying a sign that said â€śGeorgia Tech Universityâ€ť.
This was a piece in the Musee Pompidou. I'm posting this mostly for Ashley since I knew you would love it. The Georgia Tech students hated modern art with a passion greater than I could imagine:).
Yes, it was our bus driver, Bruno.
He is so very nice, but the first thing he asked me was, â€śDo you speak French?â€ť in a very heavy French accent.
I said that I speak a very little bit and he seemed delighted J
We have been communicating just fine between me and two fairly fluent students, so all is well there.
Except that he has a mullet.
Which is actually OK because he is so very nice.
Anyway, we had
not even gotten out of the airport when Jesse, a student, came to me to tell me that he did not have his wallet.
What the hell.
With Jasonâ€™s help, he actually found it- he had left it on the plane.
Crisis one averted.
We arrived at our very nice hotel in La Defense
and explored a bit, then went on a walking tour when we saw Notre Dame and many other sights along the Seine
I could not believe how big the Tower is- you just can't imagine it until you see it. This was day 1, so I don't really remember it, but I have photo proof so it must have happened.
It was amazing, though I must say that
I was half asleep due to not sleeping on the plane.
Then we met back in La Defense for our welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Thanks to Jasonâ€™s negotiation skills, we actually got to eat even though the mean lady thought we were not the group we said we were.
Who else would be insane enough to bring 44 American students to a restaurant in France
Dinner was fine.
I went back to the hotel and literally fell asleep before my head hit the pillow.
The Louvre. It went fine. It is giant. You could barely see the Mona Lisa for all of the tourists reading the Da Vinci Code. Not much else to say. Just glad itâ€™s done.
After that, we went for coffee and then I went back to the Louvre with the 2 professors so I could actually learn something! Saw some really cool stuff and took lots of pictures.
Me and two of my colleagues enjoying a crepe in a Paris cafe. We did the Louvre that day, so we were a bit dazed, but the coffee and crepes helped greatly.
Went to an amazing French restaurant for dinner with the 3 gentlemen Iâ€™m traveling with, then to bed.
Musee Rodin first. I loved this place. It was small enough that you can see it all in a couple of hours and really enjoy it. I had the best lunch there too- a salad with brie and walnuts. A bird actually tried to steal it off of my plate while I was eating! Then wandered a bit and off to Musee Dâ€™Orsay, which was also amazing. A little too big for the time frame we had though, but great nonetheless.
After that we tried to go to Lâ€™Orangerie to see Monetâ€™s Water Lilys, but the line was way too long so I decided to go to Sacre Coeur instead, upon Brettâ€™s recommendation. Good choice. It was the best thing Iâ€™ve done since Iâ€™ve been here. Montmartre is the cutest most French-looking town Iâ€™ve seen and the church was amazing, as was the view of Paris. I loved it.
Left there to meet everyone for the jazz concert in the Latin Quarter. Stayed for a couple of very long songs, then headed back to the hotel on my own and got a sandwich for dinner on the way back- Iâ€™m actually getting the hang of this place!!!! Just in time to leaveâ€¦.
Students had class this morning, so Jason and I helped with that and then we all trekked down to the Paris Opera House. Another amazingly beautiful place (Paris is full of those) and the students loved it too. Ate a great French lunch and then I decided to go to a â€śflea marketâ€ť that I read about in a tour book. It was a nightmare- very sketchy and nothing of any worth whatsoever. I stayed for about 30 minutes then got back on the train. I then went the wrong way when I got off at the Metro stop, so I got lost. Just when I thought I had the hang of this placeâ€¦. I can think of worse cities to be lost in though. Met everyone at the Pompidou (museum of modern art) and loved that too. However, the students did not. Tech students donâ€™t get abstract art at all. It was hilarious.
Walked to dinner with the gentlemen and had the best meal yet. French food is amazing, but since the people here are all thin, I donâ€™t think they actually eat it as it is full of butter and cream. I think they feed it to the Americans as a way to make us fatterâ€¦
Back at the hotel. Must try to fit all of my crap back into my suitcase and onto the bus in the morning. I bought some shoes and souvenirs here, but didnâ€™t go overboard, so hopefully it wonâ€™t be too difficult.
Sorry for no pictures- I don't have my laptop with me...
Off to Zurich tomorrow- will write more from there!!!!