Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do they sell Princes here? Paris Days 3 & 4

I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to update again.  If you want to read about my first two days in Paris look here.

The start of day 3 Cheri, Amy, and I made our way to Versailles.  There are no words to describe how beautiful Versailles is.  Every room had so many details with such ornate decoration.  I couldn't imagine living in that palace or having everyday life there.  So many famous Kings and Queens lived in Versailles (Hello Marie Antoinette) it was really cool to see where they lived and the views of the gardens that they had.  The whole place was overwhelming really. We were quite disappointed that they didn't sell princes in the gift shop.

I really love this wallpaper!

After Versailles we made our way back into Paris and headed straight to the Louvre.  We stumbled upon the side entrance by accident so we didn't have to wait in a long line to get in thanks to the museum passes that we bought.  Of course as soon as we got there we headed straight for the Mona Lisa.  To be honest? It was kinda disappointing.  The painting is quite small, by itself, on this huge wall.  Across from the Mona Lisa is Veronese's Wedding of Cana, the Louvre's largest painting. So in comparison, the Mona Lisa is tiny.  Either way, we each took our selfie with the painting (because that's what you're supposed to do) and moved on.  We explored a little bit but none of us are huge art people and there are only so many pictures of half naked men and woman you can look at.  Thankfully with our passes we didn't feel guilty for only staying at the Louvre for about 45 minutes. 

Selfie with the selfie statue

Next we made our way to Musée de l'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies pantings. This was probably my favorite "art" time in Paris.  Sitting in a white room just staring at these paintings is very calming. We couldn't take pictures inside but here is a picture of what part of it looks like if you aren't sure.


Later we stumbled upon Ladurée: Maison de Macarons.  This was the first place to make Macarons.  Of course we had to go in and buy some for ourselves! They were absolutely delicious.

Amy, myself, and Cheri with our "Marie Antoinette" macarons

After shopping & dinner the sun had set so we made our way to the Eiffel Tower to see it shimmer!  We ended up taking a rickshaw because we knew we wouldn't be able to walk there fast enough. (Those five minutes in the rickshaw were probably the funniest experience that I've had while in France) 

Us in the rickshaw.

Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle for those 5 minutes was amazing.  If you ever go to Paris, you need to see this in person.  It made me feel like there is still some sort of magic in this world.  

We raced over to Arc de Triomphe so that we could see the tower sparkle again, but from up high and far away this time.  

Our last day in Paris we headed to Sacre Cœur first and then we walked around Montmart for a little bit. Of course the most important part of the day was going to Chipotle for lunch.  I have never looked forward to a meal so much in my life (except maybe when I am flying home and thinking about the Chick-fil-a I will have first thing in NC) Mexican food does not really exist here so having Chipotle was a great taste of home.  

Oh Chipotle, I love you so.

After lunch we went to Galeries Lafayette for some more shopping.  Really this was just to look around because none of us can afford Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Longchamp, Guicci... you get the idea. It is a beautiful mall and it was nice to pretend and imagine what it would be like to actually be able to afford those things.  Cheri had done some research and reserved us seats for a fashion show while we were there! It was a lot of fun, and some of the stuff was really cute, but one of the models had THE WORST walk ever. I mean, Mrs. J would not be pleased. I watched enough episodes of "America's Next Top Model" to know a good walk when I see one and hers was not it. Plus she was cheesy smiling the whole time which, in my opinion, ruined everything she wore. After it was over we headed back to our apartment so we could pack and catch the train back to Marseille.

Before the fashion show!

It was a jam packed 4 days in Paris but I wouldn't trade them for anything.  I cannot wait to go back because there is still a lot that I didn't get to do!  Anyone want to go with me? 

À la prochaine!

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