Friday, April 10, 2009
Today, we went to the Arc de Triomphe. And we had to walk up it ! It was so bad going up, but going down was easy. The view was so beautiful. Probably one, if not the, best things that I’ve done. Then we walked down the Champs Elysees. It was pretty cool. We walked to the Louvre which was fabulos. Especially the Mona Lisa. We then went on the boat ride on the Seine and it started raining. Then we went to the Eiffel Tower. We went up to the second floorand had to wait 45 minutes for the next elevator ! But it was worth the wait. It was so beautiful. I saw a soccer game going on and video taped some of it. After that, we went bak down to the first floor and had a delicious dinner. Happy birthday Caitlyn !
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Today we said good-bye to our families and we left for our hotel in Paris after dropping off the Illinois kids J We took the metro together and then walked around l’île de la Cité where we visited Notre-Dame de Paris. We found some lunch in the Latin Quarter (the Uniersity District). I gorged myself after attemting to appear like a non-stereotypical American in my host family. After a long walk along the Seine, we visited the Musee d’Orsay and a guide told us about the history of impressionistic paintings and the development of painting throughout history, We returned to the hotel and after freshening up, we went out for dinner at Montmarte where we ate a « raclette » (cheese melted on top of potatoes and cold cuts). Then we climbed a mountain worth of stairs to the highest point in Paris and walked around the Sacré Cœur and the artists’neighborhood (la Place du Tertre). It was a beautiful night in Paris.