1. Be Safe
2. You have to Skype or Facetime at least once a day
3. Don't break the camera.
What he forgot to include was...
1. Don't get in a car with strangers at 3am
2. Don't get wasted on Dom Perignon and dance on a table
3. Don't get drunk and sleep on the floor in your brand new party dress...
Day 1: Quick sightseeing + Jet lag
Obviously, on day 1 in Paris, everyone drops likes a sack of potatoes. They are super exciting having come off the plane and arriving in a new city and have ambitions of sightseeing as big as the Eiffel Tower, then crash at 8pm. Christine was no different.
So, after a 2 hour trek from the airport to my place on 3 metro lines, she was obviously ready to freshen up and hit the road to see the sights. We started off with mandatory crepes at the Eiffel Tower, of course, since it was only 300 meters away. The absolute best view of the Eiffel Tower is between the buildings at the Trocadero, so I took Christine the long way (400 meters) to view the Eiffel Tower in all her glory.
And, to my surprise the Trocadero was displaying a magnificent water show. I have never seen the fountains do this before and it was incredible. The depth of the streams and the number of fountains was amazing. As in one of my previous posts, there were children playing in the Trocadero fountain pools, but it seemed less gross today since the water wasn't stagnant and visibly mossy.
|Trocadero Fountains, Paris, France|
|Kids were going right under the jets and getting pummeled by the large sprays...hilarious.|
"ju vous dre un crepe avec nutella a frais sivousplais" I don't know French, so that is probably spelled totally wrong....but it works when you're talking to the crepe vendor!
|Just chillin on the left bank|
|Relaxin in the Jardin de Tuileries|
|Hey look at the Louvre ferris wheel...|
|View from the Love Lock bridge|
|Love Lock bridge|
While Christine was sleeping, I jetted out on the town to an Electro party with Aurelie and her Canadian friend, Caroline. What a night...
|Caroline, Aurelie, Emily|
Emily's Challenge: Find a guy wearing a tie, get him to take it off and let you put it on and get a photo.
Caroline's Challenge: Find a guy to buy you
Aurelie's Challenge: Slow dance (to techno) with an Asian (this was incredibly difficult because there were only 3 Asians in the entire club and one was making out with another girl) Revised challenge: You need to dance with 3 different types of men before the nights through... a black guy, an Asian and a foreigner (which meant she had to chat up several to find out if they were French)
|Game on, Bitches!|
But, whatever, I still got it done!
Caroline's challenge was actually quite difficult since the drinks were 12 Euros each. That was an expensive round....not for us! Cheers!
|How many free drinks did you get us???|
Day 2: Seeing the sights!
We had an aggressive agenda on day 2.
1. Arc de Triomphe
2. Go to the Beach
3. Notre Dame
4. Jardin du Luxembourg
First up, the Arc du Triomphe. Prior to coming to Paris this was one of my favorite things. Now, its still beautiful, but its really just a directional landmark for me and also provides a very fond memory for the crazy drivers in Paris since I have so many other fond memories of Paris.
Next up, the beach. Every year for a month or so, Paris imports in sand to the right bank of the Seine and Paris Plages begins. There are volleyball tournaments and several other activities all around town. So, naturally when I heard about this, I had to go. I miss the beach so much.
Seriously? This is the beach? It looks like a sandbox. And, it was only for about 50 meters. So, so sad. But we indulged anyway.
|Got to wear our swimsuits in Paris|
|Toes in the sand...in Paris|
|The sand is this way...|
Next up, Notre Dame. I am totally not religious in any way, but I can absolutely appreciate the beauty of this Gothic styled masterpiece. We actually got to Notre Dame just in time for an English walking tour which provided some really rad stories of the preservation of the limestone, the carvings and sculptures on the exterior and the viewpoint of good vs. evil in general.
Inside: Notre Dame is so light because at the time it was built, they weren't convinced that the Gothic style was structurally sound, so they added beams on either side of the center row to provide support - which block the light from the stained glass windows.
|Inside Notre Dame|
This stained glass window is actually 80-90% original glass. The window opposite of it was severely damaged during the French Revolution and during the reconstruction of the feature, they tilted it sideways and its supported by an iron cross worked into the design.
People often think that the gargoyles on the side of Notre Dame are to ward off evil spirits, however, they actually have a functional purpose. Within many of the Gargoyles, there are drain spouts that push the runoff water away from Notre Dame because the water, over time, erodes the limestone.
Also, when it rains heavily, the water pouring out of the gargoyle's mouths and spouts looks like the church is expelling evil...
|Approximately 500 spiral stairs up to the top!|
|Panoramic view of the top of Notre Dame|
Then he started doing some artistic photo shoot. Turning the camera sideways and snapping like 5 pictures. Its an Iphone bro, not a cannon, cut it out.
|Picnic in the park. Hummus, Tabouli, good friends...done.|
|This will never EVER get old|
|Super Stinky cheese for dinner! Yes Please!|