It was the best of times.

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My weekend in Paris was full of art and history and wonder. I did a lot of navigating the metro, people watching, and hunting for free wifi. I was tired and windblown for most of the time, but I never stopped being fascinated.

First, there was the Louvre. After spending 6 hours in there, I felt like I’d seen everything there was to see in the world. Or, at least in Paris. Of course, I was wrong…

After the Louvre, Katie, Sarah, and I went to see the Eiffel Tower and had a late dinner nearby. Dinner was nice, but the pastries we had for dessert were the best!

Our second day started early as we took a train outside the city to Versailles. The palace and gardens were majestic and spacious – we walked 12.5 miles that day. I loved learning about how the land and buildings were expanded, and thinking about how many people have visited this place.

The gardens were endless:

We also explored the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate, which looked and felt like a fairytale. To put Versailles into one word: extravagant.

That evening, I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral during Mass. As the organ played and people sang, it was an incredible moment to take in. While I was swept up in the moment I missed some photo opportunities, but Sarah captured a few which are posted on her blog! After leaving the cathedral we went across the street to Shakespeare & Co, a little book store crammed with everything I’ve ever wanted to read. I purchased a copy of one of my favorite classics: A Tale of Two Cities. It seemed appropriate to buy it in Paris, maybe someday I’ll take it with me to London!

On our last morning, we went back to the Eiffel to see it during the day. It really is as beautiful and magical as people say, although I can’t quite describe how.

Lastly, to see a video that Katie put together of our weekend, follow this link!

 

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