Paris, France

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Notre Dame
The first couple of hours of the train ride to Paris, I had the compartment to myself.  I had almost forgotten how nice it was to have alone time/privacy.  I was hoping it would stay like this the whole way, but unfortunately after a couple of hours, it filled up. After 21 hours, it was soo nice to get off that train.
When I first arrive in a new city, it's the same procedure everytime. 1. As I step off the train look for the exit sign or even better the information desk sign. 2. Once at the info desk, get a map of the city. 3. Determine where I am on the map and the quickest way to walk to the hostel. 4. If it is too far to walk, then figure out what public transportation will get me there.
Notre Dame
5. Figure out which exit to take that will bring me to the right street. The bigger the city the more complicated it is. 5. Start x city adventure.
When I got to Paris I only had to take step 1 (though I had no idea where I was going, I just followed the crowd, another trick of mine that can backfire at times). The crowd brought me directly to Seb, my friend who I would be staying with over the next few days. He has been studying here the last couple of years so knows the city well. It was nice letting him do all of the navigating. That night we had a little feast. This is when I discovered how dangerous Paris was...dangerous for my health-food here is AMAZING. It is about quality, not quantity. Not to mention the wine is dirt cheap and amazing.
The next day, while Seb was in class, I went sightseeing.
Notre Dame
I thought I was going to hate Paris because it's a big city and the people have a reputation for being jerks. As I started walking around I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this city. I don't know why though. It was just so...French! It also looked older than Rome, so much that I felt like if I went back in time 500 years that it would look basically the same. I was happy to have a few days to appreciate the city.
Friday I went to Versaille, but I left after 20 minutes lol after seeing the over 1000 people lineup to get in. So instead I went to Sacre Coeur back in Paris to get a view of the city. Also I came to the conclusion that the metro here is great but only for citizens of Paris who have a pass. If not it gets to be very expensive and it would have been more expensive if Seb didn't save me from some of the traps. That night Seb took me out to the bars to meet some of his friends. I loved the atmosphere! Everyone just walked around outside drinking and relaxing, probably because the bars were way too small to possibly fit everyone inside. You get your drink and you get out.
Another feast the next day with 3 bottles of wine (to myself) caused me to be a little sluggish on Sunday, but that's ok. It was my last day here and it was nice to relax and get ready to get back on the road (or should I say tracks). I was looking forward to move on, continue meeting new people and experience whatever was next. That being Bruges, Belgium.
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Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Paris Streets
Paris Streets
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Larc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
L'arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
Larc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
L'arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre - yeah I took a lot of pics…
Louvre - yeah I took a lot of pic…
Louvre
Louvre
looking through the arc De Triomph…
looking through the arc De Triomp…
Larc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
L'arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
The Eiffel Tower seen from the Jar…
The Eiffel Tower seen from the Ja…
Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde
I just had to take a picture of th…
I just had to take a picture of t…
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Versailles entrance
Versailles entrance
Versailles golden gates
Versailles' golden gates
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles, a taste of the line to…
Versailles, a taste of the line t…
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles, they sure like their g…
Versailles, they sure like their …
Versailles
Versailles
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
View of Paris from Sacre Coeur
Seb, my gracious host!
Seb, my gracious host!
The sleeping quarters...and the al…
The sleeping quarters...and the a…
Strawberries and nutella...mmm del…
Strawberries and nutella...mmm de…
Paris
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