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French countryside from the train

"After getting off the train in Paris, I took 2 short metro rides and was quickly at the 3 Ducks hostel. After being told check in was not until 4pm, and I had to pay in cash, I went to the atm to return to pay. While I was waiting in line to check in (pay) but not get a bed, I met Adam. We began talking and I invited him to join me on my Eiffel Tower journey since we were both waiting for check in(4pm) mind you it is only about 9/10ish at the latest. He agreed and after he got all situated we headed out.

Adam is 20 from Pittsburg, PA. He is a student studying sociology at Penn State. he was working in Dublin with family friends until recently when he hurt his back, causing him to no longer be able to do the manual labor of the job.

My first view!
Instead of going back to the states, he decided to go on vacation.

We got back on the metro and took it to our exit and as we rounded the corner, there it was LA TOUR EIFFEL!!! Adam said my eyes lit upand the look on my face was sheer amazement. I was speechless for a few seconds. It was enormous. The most magnificant thing I have ever seen in my life. Well worth the trip if that was the only thing I got to experience in Paris.

The journey up took a while. The whole thing was about 3 hrs. We stayed at the top for a while, taking pictures and trying to find different landmarks. It was a beautiful sight. The city is so old and picturesque.(**sidenote** for as long as I can remember dreaming up romantic notition in my head I have always dreamed of kissing and getting engaged on the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Even better
I was trying to think of it as a romantic thing when I was there, and getting to spend it with a cute boy I had just met was wonderful. I totally would have kissed him except he had a booger in his nose...I just didnt have the heart to tell him...)

After we came down from the tower, we walked the parc(1mile) that sits behind the tower and then began searching for a place to eat. We settled on a bistro and I got a sandwich(ham, swiss, tomatoes and lettuce) on the biggest roll I have ever seen in a long time. The hardest one too. It was so difficult to bite into but the insides were yummy. (**sidenote** I had just had a really bad toothache, one that put me in the hospital about 2 weeks before my trip so eating the hard bread was really hard for me. I wish I could have been able to eat more, I think I averaged one meal a day!)

Adam needed to get a haircut so we found a place with a perfect stereotypical french stylist.

So huge
We had to wait 45 minutes, but I'm sure even just the experience will be worth it to him. I tried calling Stacie to wish her Happy Birhtday but no answer so I just left her a message. I would have really liked to talk to her but I guess she was busy or her phone just didnt ring, which is entirely possible. I also called Jer, just to say hellp. It was a nice and brief conversation, just to tell him I was alive. So here I am waiting for Adam to finish his haircut and then back to the hostel to take a nap. He has invited me to hang out with him and his friends tonight, but we'll see. I'm not sure if he really enjoys having me around or if he just wanted someone to kill time with until his friends arrived this evening. We'll see!

emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
Regor says:
The tower is beautiful. Congratulations on being able to actually get to see it! I finally got to see it last year.
Posted on: Oct 03, 2006
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I feel tiny

 

I’m on my way to Paris now. About an hour into the ride. I am extremely tired but I have been waiting for this day for the longest. I will go to the hostel first as originally planned. If I can check in, I will take a nap and if I can’t, well, then maybe there is somewhere I can rest, a lounge or something until I can. I don’t believe there is any lockout so if they have my bed free, that would be great.

I believe we have entered the Chunnel. We are going faster it seems and it is pitch black outside. The announcer said we would be in it for about 20 minutes, not too bad crossing under a body of water.

Sleep and the Eiffel Tower is all I plan to do today. Oh and call Stacie (my best friends, whose birthday it is). I really wish she was here to experience this with me. I really do not like being by myself (**sidenote** I don’t even like going to the store by myself, but across the ocean…haha) but I think it has been a motivator to keep me open and friendly.

Ok, maybe I can take a small nap before we get to Paris. I’ll try to rest. My eyes have been really sore from lack of sleep/contacts and my crying. I really need them today (my eyes).

 

French countryside from the train
French countryside from the train
My first view!
My first view!
Even better
Even better
So huge
So huge
I feel tiny
I feel tiny
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