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La vie en Paris

Written on: Tuesday January 23rd, 2007

A journal entry from: Paris, France

I used to think that the best way to get to know someone was to party with them - because that's when peoples' true colours shine through. After my weekend in Paris I realized that this isn't the case... the real way to get to know someone is to travel with them. Arriving as a group of seven, unsure of where to go or who to follow, we set off walking to our hostel. We saw some absolutely beautiful architecture on the way as well... l'Opera, Le Trinite, and a handful of other arcs and museums. I guess it took about two hours and at least two wrong turns to arrive at our hostel - a grungy, stinky old hotel at the far end of the city - so we were exhausted. We dropped our stuff off, got a bite to eat and took a quick break, then headed out for a full day of exploration in the beautiful city of love.  We first walked all the way across the city to the Louvre, which was breathtaking. We found out it was free for anyone under 26 after 6:00pm so we decided to wait around in the Jardin du Carrousel for an hour or so to go inside. From the garden we could just see the top of the Eiffel Tower, which was very exciting, so after an hour and a half in the museum (which was just enough time to do one floor) we walked all the way down Avenue des Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe where 12 of the busiest streets in Paris intersect. Two of the boys climbed the almost 300 stairs to the top but the rest of us were much too tired and cold. From there we walked over to the Eiffel Tower, which was absolutely amazing at night.  By this time it was after 11:00pm so we took the metro back to the hotel, where coincidentally Pedro had just arrived to make our group 8, and slept off our exciting but very long 10 hour walk.