Trying Not to Be So Obviously American...
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So today was amazing. Absolutely so. I tried to get out of the touristy mode and really immerse myself into the city as if I were an American living in
The day started off with a class lecture at the
After the Rodin, we had a few hours before our next visit.
So I walked around inside and was truly inspired. I was wearing Delta Chi letters today, so I was stopped in the middle of the church by some brothers from
After I was finished with Notre Dame, I walked a few blocks over to Sainte Chappelle- which I had seem from pictures and therefore was so impressed I had to see it. However, the line was way too long! It did not seem like I had time in the 45 minutes I had left before our appointment at D’Orsay Museum for another art lecture. So I spent the remaining time walking slowly to the D’Orsay, shopping in the
The D’Orsay was amazing. Much, much better than the Louvre. I liked the museum itself better and the art was more my taste. We had a wonderful lecture and I really got into the Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Post-Impressionistic Art, and Realism.
I was so engaged and spent so much time in the D’Orsay that I unfortunately missed most of the people as they left. But that was perfectly fine with me, as I wanted to see some things in the city before our next class appointment- the jazz concert for class.
I decided to check out the Champ-Elysees and spend some time there. I rode the Metro around and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed getting in the crowds and moving around with the streams of people. I loved to watch
I strolled down the Champs-Elysees, walking in and out of affordable stores. When it came time for dinner, I ate at Quick- the French version of McDonald’s (although there are plenty of those- it’s funny how they sometimes try to be like us). One noticeable thing is that the portions are much smaller than Americans- probably a good thing! I bought a crepe outside (amazing) and continued to the Arc de Triomphe.
I spent some time there and went up to the top. It was very enjoyable and had some great views. By the time it was over, it was time to go over to the jazz concert. A jazz concert- as a class assignment! It was a great little café off the beaten path in a random neighborhood. It was very much a local hangout and I felt privileged to be there. The music was alright, but it got hot quickly and I was EXHAUSTED- more than I can remember- so I left with several people at intermission. I went back to the hotel was knocked out from being so tired.