What can I say? Its Paris!

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Part of the first main square we were in. I'm pretty sure this is one of the gov't buildings, but wasn't really sure. Help?
Saturday was the start of our 3 day trip to Paris, France!!!  It was part of a tour put on by BUNAC that included a Eurostar ticket, hostel, pack of 10 metro cards, and some tours.  Pretty sweet deal and we were incredibly excited.

Didn't have to wake up as early as some of the other trips, but this time we didn't pack until the late, late night before so we barely had any sleep.  What do you want from us?!  There was a Christian Bale movie marathon on Film4.  So after 4.5 hours of sleep we made our way to St. Pancras station and the Eurostar.  Everything went smoothly and we were off!

Arrived in Paris, which outside the Eurostar terminal and around our hostel didn't strike me as the romantic city everyone makes it out to be.
  But then again, thats just a train station and a hostel.  We made our way to St. Christopher's Paris where we'd be staying.  This hostel just opened this year and was fabulous!  Great for my first hostel experience!!  David and I were in a room with 8 other people, but it was nice because they were all with BUNAC and we had bunk beds with curtains besides so there was enough privacy.  We couldn't get in just yet because check in is at 2pm, so we left our stuff in storage.

After we checked in it was time to head off for a tour of the city, led by a French guide.  Made it to a main square that was set up as a huge garden, complete with mini golf!  Here everyone had a bit of lunch (David and I packed PB&J, woohoo!) before we actually started out.
  Basically the walking tour was a complete suck-fest.  I mean, we walked by a lot of famous places but our tourguide was an idiot.  I guess it was her first real tour but she didn't tell us what anything was, she would just point in the general direction of things.  Also, she didn't really know her way around the city and I feel that's an important thing to know when being a tour guide, don't you?

The guide managed to bring us to the Latin Quarter where we had an hour to explore (probably because she didn't know where anything was and was sick of trying to pretend... also, her boyfriend showed up and it was make-out time!).  David and I walked along to look at the stores, and then up to the Pantheon, a place that houses the crypt of Voltaire.
No sit-ups!
  Didn't end up going inside, but it was a nice building at the top of a hill with a nice view.  After that we made our way to a park, had some sorbet, and found some other BUNACers with whom we made our way back to the meeting spot.

Now it was time for a cruise on the River Seine.  The tour package quoted this as an extra 11euro, so we weren't so sure.  But when we got there it was actually 4.50e, and we'd really enjoyed our canal cruise in Amsterdam, so we hoped on.  Oh, let me make a note of the fact our tour guide had no idea where this was and when we finally found steps that looked like it led down to the dock she just said goodbye and left.  :/  Cruise was a bit boring.  Its hard to see things from the river because there are a lot of trees, and someone had the great foresight to design a big row of flowers down the middle of the boat so that if you're on one side you can barely see the other.
River Seine
  However, we did see the Eiffel Tower for the first time!!  But most of us were exhausted and many took the chance to have a quick nap.

Afterwards it was free time.  I think most everyone headed back to the hostel to put our stuff in our rooms before going back out into the city.  Stopped into a grocery store for some cheap French wine and snacks.  David and I went to dinner with some other girls at a kebab/sandwich place near the hostel and then decided to check out some sights. 

We found our way to the Eiffel Tower, despite the metro being very confusing and partially closed along our route.  By the time we got there, the top level was closed and we decided we'd come Monday morning to avoid the long ques and to be able to go to the very top.
  However, the tower was lit up beautifully so we decided to sit on the massive lawn in front of it and drink our wine.  It was the most amazing thing we've done on this trip I think.  Just sitting there, watching the light show that came on every hour, drinking and talking with people.  Guys were walking around trying to sell bottles of wine but we had to keep reminding them we had them in our hands already, lol.  One of the girls did end up buying but it was because the guy said 10e, she said 1, and he bit at 3.  lol!  Way to haggle!

After a late night it was time to go back to the hostel for SLEEP!  Unfortunately, the metro closes at 2am and when it says CLOSED it means it.  In London, the last train will go all the way to its last stop even after its closed, but in Paris they just kick you off where ever you are.  Luckily, we made it pretty far and were able to get back on a bus.  Some other BUNACers were not so lucky and there were a lot of cabs that night, haha.

It had been a LOOOONG day and sleep was well appreciated.

Continued tomorrow----->
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Part of the first main square we w…
Part of the first main square we …
No sit-ups!
No sit-ups!
River Seine
River Seine
Paris Beach!
Paris Beach!
Busker we saw along the way.  His …
Busker we saw along the way. His…
Back of Cathedral Notre Dame
Back of Cathedral Notre Dame
Paris street
Paris street
`nother angle of Notre Dame
`nother angle of Notre Dame
Finally, in front of Notre Dame!
Finally, in front of Notre Dame!
Not the Hunchback
Not the Hunchback
Place where they imprisoned Marie …
Place where they imprisoned Marie…
Ste-Chappelle
Ste-Chappelle
No holding hands!!
No holding hands!!
Pantheon
Pantheon
View from the Pantheon.  I see you…
View from the Pantheon. I see yo…
On the boat cruise
On the boat cruise
The Louvre
The Louvre
Royal Bridge, one of the oldest of…
Royal Bridge, one of the oldest o…
Alexandre III Bridge
Alexandre III Bridge
Alma Bridge, with the sculpture L…
Alma Bridge, with the sculpture '…
The model for the White House
The model for the White House
Smallest house in Paris
Smallest house in Paris
Paris Hostels review
Wonderful, brand new hostel!
I loved our stay here. I can't quote the price because we were on a tour, but I wouldn't mind paying 20-25 euro a bed here. POSITIVES: -Place jus… read entire review
Paris
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