Sorry I haven’t written in a while, sometimes life gets a little in the way. Things have been crazy trying to figure out what my “plan” is… but the thing is I don’t have a future plan, and i guess that’s okay. But I need a semi- general basic plan of action… but I delve into that aspect of my time here in a future blog post.
So continuing about Paris (because sometimes I have this problem where I start things and can’t finish them .. aka why this is taking me multiple blog posts to write about one weekend in Paris. But also a lot happened during a “quick” visit to Paris) So after meeting up with my friend and her family .. it started to rain, which was a common theme for the rest of the trip. We arrived on friday morning very early and left on Monday morning… guess how much it rained? All day friday, all day saturday, sunday was sunny for a few hours, then it rained, and finally monday morning as we were leaving… guess what MORE RAIN!! But it’s okay because in spite of the rain and a few of the mishaps we encountered it was still a great weekend, whose gonna let a little rain get in the way. Since it was raining, we went to a museum. Not just any museum … we went to the Louvre. It was really cool getting to see the Mona Lisa, and all this art and history. What I was most taken with was the sheer size of the louvre..
According to a tour guide to see each of the 35,000 art objects in the Louvre, taking 60 seconds for each thing, it would take roughly 25 days each of a full 24 hours… that is beyond insane. That’s a whole lot of art, being inside a place like that was so cool, we just wandered around taking it all in. We only spent 3 hours in the louvre which clearly was not long enough but I felt like I got a feel for how enormous that place was. Also the Mona Lisa was great. So the next day we went on a “free” walking tour, It’s the Sandemans New Europe walking tour, which I have done in Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin so far and have had amazing tour guides each time. I highly recommend it if you are traveling and it is available in the city you are going to. Here is the link to the company’s website: http://www.neweuropetours.eu What’s great about this tour is that you pay at the end of the tour, and it’s whatever you feel the tour was worth. It’s a great way to learn about a city (the tours are usually 2 to 3 hours) and save money (which is definitely great!). During the walking tour I learned so much about the city, it’s history and the beauty of it .. that i ALMOST didn’t mind the pouring rain and freezing winds… ~almost~.
A few hours later some sun started to peak out behind the clouds, making for a crazy beautiful sky and a rare opportunity to do outdoor activities without freezing my ass off… and getting even sicker than I already was.
So after just staring in marvel at that incredibly sky for a while we went down the Champs-Élysées, also known as the street full of stores I will always lust after, and never be able to afford (especially as a traveler). But It was nice to get to just stare at all the designer products and see all the fancy displays. The best thing about walking down this street is that you approach the Arc de Triomphe and it just gets bigger and bigger and bigger the closer you get, until the next thing you know you’re directly underneath it.