For my fourth adventure, my roommates and other peers traveled to Paris, France for our 4-day weekend.
During the first day in Paris, we bought a ticket for a hop-on-hop-off bus and toured the city of Paris. Surprisingly, it was about 64 degrees there! We were all freezing. We got off at the Arc De Triomphe and enjoyed some shopping for warmer clothes and some hot drinks. While searching for our warmth we found a macaron store with an ample amount of flavor combinations. I purchased 7 macarons, my favorite was a Japanese cherry blossom flavor. It had the perfect hint of sweetness. After this, we hopped back onto the bus and headed for the Eiffel tower. What a sight to see and walk up to it. Although, this year they’ve begun restoring it because of the olympics happening in Paris in 2024. We also saw the Eiffel tower at night. We waited until the sun went down to make sure we could see the twinkling lights.
For the second day in Paris, we started by climbing the Arc De Triomphe. To get to the stop of this monument you must climb 284 steps. On this day, we got lucky to see French soldiers light a commemorative fire for a soldier from World War 1. Beneath this monument lies a vault that contains the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. On this day we also visited the Louvre. What I wish I knew before visiting the Louvre was how vast it is. The Louvre is made up of 4 sections separated on 4 floors. We spent 3 hours in the Louvre and only covered 2 sections on 2 floors. On the bright side, I was able to see the Mona Lisa in person.
For the third day in Paris, we climbed the Eiffel Tower. When climbing the Eiffel Tower you can only climb the first 2 floors. The stairs to the summit are closed so you must take an elevator to the tippy top. We climbed 669 steps to reach the second floor. On the first floor though is where the gift shops and cafes are located. the second floor and summit floor are just for looking at the view. We also partook in the using the Paris metro to help us get across the city in less time. On this day, I tried escargot (snails) and creme brulee for dinner. Escargot actually taste like nothing but the sauce they are in. One of my favorite desserts is creme brulee. I even learned how to make it, so I was excited to be able to try it here in France where it originated. I can confidently say, if I was to use vanilla beans instead of vanilla extract it would be a perfect match.
For our last day in Paris, we started the day off by having a french breakfast. This breakfast includes a cup of coffee, orange juice, eggs, and a croissant. We also visited the Palais Garnier. This opera house is famous because it is featured in the Phantom of the Opera. It was a beautiful sight to see the stage, and the grand staircase.