The flight to Paris was brutal, not only was it expensive, but it took FOREVER. We left Rio de Janiero on Saturday night, and got to Paris on Monday morning. But unfortunately this is what happens when you fly on weekends and book last minute. We had three stops to Sao Paulo, Brazil, then to Lome, Togo, then to Addis Abada, Ethiopia, and FINALLY Paris, France. This was unfortunately a very bad decision, but its the best we could do. In total our flights took 28 hours on the dot... crazy right? Regardless, we got here and we are excited to start exploring!! We decided to stay at Best Western Premier Hotel L'Horset Opera, for about 210 a night. It is not too bad being as it is in the heart of the tourist area. We planned on staying here from the 14-17. Since we were tired today from our lengthy flight, we did not really want to go and explore. We let ourselves cool off and spend the day just hanging around in the hotel and planning what we were going to see starting tomorrow to the 18. Talk tomorrow!!
So many things to see so little time! We plan to sight-see for 3 days, and then our last day Chunnel over to the UK to spend some time there! However, today our first destination was the Musee du Louvre. The second i was out front, i was amazed. The structure was just simply breath taking. How can someone be so creative to create something like this. Simply amazing. When we got inside my amazement just continued to grow and grow. I got to see one of the most iconic paintings in the world, the Mona Lisa. I would have never imagined that i would be standing in front of something so beautifully old and amazing. I was at a loss of words to describe my amazement. I also got to see Venus de Milo, and the headless Winged Victory of Samothrace. It was amazing to see how things from so long ago can be saved and preserved if one really cares for them. Simply amazing. It basically took us almost all day to see the vast variety of paintings and artwork in the Louvre. Regardless, it was worth it. Even though we did not get to visit more than one place today, i do not regret it one bit. I love looking back on what the past has to offer. We take many things for granted, and do not realize how amazing things were in the past. Tomorrow, our adventures continue, tootles!
Today our destination was the Notre-Dame Catherdral and the Eiffel tower. We were excited to see these iconic landmarks. Its weird to know the story of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo and actually be standing here and enjoying the view where he got his inspiration. the fact that a landmark from 1163 that took almost 200 years to build is still standing amazes me. We walked around it a couple times before we decided to climb the 387 steps to the top. Let me tell you,it was well worth it. Montmarte to the north, Arc de Triomphe to the west and Pantheon to the south. Amazing, you could seriously see so many things. We also explored the crypt down below, how awesome that was, oh boy. Once we finished our grand exploration, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower. There isnt to much i can say about the Effile tower, it was pretty cool though. amazing view from the top, the best part however though, was when it was dark. It was lit up beautifully, such a nice and romantic setting. I really enjoyed seeing a big hunk of metal looking that spiffy. We finished off by going for a late dinner and trying to decide where we would be going tomorrow.
today was our last day and we did not plan on using the whole day to tour, we needed to get to the UK after all. So for today we decided to take it easy and just go to the Musee d'Orsay. The reason i wanted to go there is because i knew paintings by one of my favourite artists, Van Gogh were located there. others included Monet, Cezanne and way way more. This museum was way less packed the the Louvre. I guess it is because the other one is much more iconic. But regardless, they are both very memorable. It was nice, we even got to climb to the museums top balcony to get a glimpse of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Pretty interesting i must say. At 8:13 we boarded the Euro Star train to take us to the U.K. I always hated leaving a country after getting here. I feel like i could like everywhere all at once. Regardless, we payed 61 euros, so 81 Canadian to get us there. It was going to take 2 hours and 26 minutes. Awesome way to travel and take something different then a plane! Our time in the U.K. Is probably not going to be too long, since we are taking the train there and then back to Paris in order to get to our next destination and avoid taking a plane. However, i will update you from London! Tootles!