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Two days in Paris

Written on: Friday January 12th, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen

Two days in Paris catching some quick sights, browsing rue de rivoli sales, and basking in some amazing French culture with four canadians and two americans.... priceless! Thursday afternoon Hannah, Beth and I left Rouen to meet up with Jaimie, Jaden, Kaley and Lindsay in Paris. Paris is only an hour and 20 min outside of Rouen, so the trip is not that bad, and with the student discount its much cheaper! We took the metro to our hotel which was very easy to find and was in the Marais district of the city which is on the Right bank and is relatively close to the sights of the city. We dropped our bags off and decided to explore the neighborhood of Marais and found tons of cafes and shops. The girls were shopping at the Champs Elysee, however, it is pretty much across the city, so we were sort of lost on how to get there. After consulting some locals we realized that it was a far walk from our hotel to Champs Elysee, but it was a straight forward journey and we would pass along the Seine and pass by several sights such as the Louvre, Hotel de Ville and place Concord. Along the way, we got some Nutella banana crepes, they were delicious but it got very messy due because we were trying to eat and maneuver the crowds as well as fend off the wind. On our journey across the city we passed by the Hotel de Ville, the Louvre, the Tuillerie gardens, and Place Concord. Finally we arrived at Champs Elysee and met up with the girls. It was getting dark and we decided that it would be great to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower. At first I was so exhausted from all the walking that I didn?t want to go, but thankfully I made the trek with Beth, Jaimie and Hannah because I got some pretty good pictures. I remember visiting the Eiffel Tower when I was younger and climbing to the watch tower, but this was all during the daytime, so it was different to see it at night all lit up. I took about a thousand pictures, and we decided to head back and get some dinner. After dinner we decided to check out some of the bars close to our hotel and first we went to La Perle then Amnesia. Both were gay bars and we were basically the only group of girls in both the bars, but it was fun to be able to strike up some convo?s with the locals. Afterwards Hannah, Jaimie and I went on a mission to find a 24 hour creperie. It wasn?t too difficult and it was relatively close to our hotel. Hannah got her nutella crepe and we were able to see a little bit of Paris without the bustle of crowds. The next morning I was exhausted and sore from the half day of walking across Paris. Some of the girls started off on some shopping, but Hannah, Jaimie, Lindsay and myself decided to visit the Notre Dame, which wasn?t too far from our hotel. After grabbing some fresh baguettes and croissants we crossed the Seine and got to the Notre Dame. For the first time in France it was sunny! Afterwards, we returned to our hotel to check out and meet up with the rest of the girls. In france, the clothing stores they have the Soldes d?Hiver which is a month long period from mid January to mid February where stores must have sales. We all took advantage of these sales and did some shopping. Most of the day was shopping and walking around Paris before heading back to the train station to get back to Rouen because the next day we all had a French intensive course. Overall I had a great time in Paris. We didn?t do too much sight seeing, but since we are so close to the city, I am sure that I will return often. Going into Paris really got me excited for the next four months in France and all the traveling that we are all planning.