The French Take Holidays Seriously
Paris Travel Blog› entry 6 of 59 › view all entries
May 27th, 2007 – by: rawepower
But after class, I went with a few other guys to mass at Notre Dame. That's right, Notre Dame! I can't believe it myself! Being a Catholic, I cannot describe what an unbelievable experience that was for me. Aside from the Vatican, it is probably one the most ideal place to attend mass. However, it was interesting as there was still the stream of tourists all around, it was all in French, and I had to get a seat that had a bad view. But nonetheless, I am very fortunate for this experience.
After mass, we had class at the Center Pompidou, which is the modern museum of France. I absolutely loved it and knew I would.
After the Pompidou, I wanted to see some sights that had been recommended to me- the Forum des Halles, Catacombs, and La Defense. This would be the way to "tye up the loose ends" of Paris. Well, the Forum des Halles and the Catacombs were closed because today was National Holiday in Paris for Pentecost.
When a National Holiday occurs in the US, that usually means things are open especially then for the business.
After failure there, I decided to go to La Defense to see the modern architecture. It is a district, so I knew it wouldn't be technically closed. Well today the weather was 50 and raining, making it unpleasant to be outside. Therefore it was dead. Add on the exhaustion I talked about earlier, and it was practically miserable. So I decided to take a few pictures of the Grand Arch (the big square) and head back to the hotel.
The weather cleared as went to the Tower. Somehow I had not made it there yet! But I am really glad that I did, as I felt it truly completed my Paris trip and gave it some closure. I was lucky enough to go up it just as the sun was setting, and I cannot use enough adjectives here to describe the beauty. Again, I can't believe I was actually in the Tower after seeing it my whole life! Standing in front of it, it was hard to believe it wasn't just a picture and was the real thing.
So I was at the top when it was freezing from the wind, but when it was nighttime. Beautiful! After running around these past few days so much, I was able to identify everything easily fron the top. Even though it was extremely touristy, I enjoyed it and was glad I finally went. I reflected over the great trip to Paris and felt like I had dominated the city and really gotten a feel for it.
After taking the Metro back one last time, I am back in the hotel now where I've updated all this. We are leaving tomorrow for Florence, but will be stopping the Chamioux valley along the way for the night.
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