30.05.2015 19 °C
Next country I will be visiting in Western Europe is Paris! I have always wanted to visit this place since I was in grade four. My French teacher was from Paris, France and told the class what it was like living there. Now, this time, I'm going to experience what it's like being in one of the most beautiful cities in France! Paris, the capital of France, is known to be the most beautiful, and romantic cities in France. Other's call it the, "City of Light," (La Ville Lumiere) or, "City of Love" (La Ville d'Amour). As I'm on the plane, I open up my phone to see what hotel I should be staying in, and the attractions I should visit. I know that one of the attractions I'd be visiting is definitely the Eiffel Tower! I'm honestly so excited that I'm finally getting to visit Paris. All of this fantasizing was getting me tired. It's still 5 more hours til I arrive at Paris, so I might as well take a nap. Five hours later, I feel the plane landing. I look out the window and see a huge airport named "Charles de Gaulle Airport". I thought to myself with excitement, "I'm finally here!!." I took all my bag and luggage and made my way down the plane, to the airport. The airport was so huge, I got lost a few times until I finally got outside. I sat on a bench and scrolled through my phone to find a hotel. I found one that stood out to me the most, one that was called "Hotel Ares Eiffel". It also says it's 12 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower! That's perfect. I called a taxi and made my way to the hotel. As I was in the taxi, I was reading the reviews of the hotel. It says it's a 4 star hotel, it's $298 per night, not bad. It's a pretty good deal for a four star hotel anyway. When I arrive at the hotel, I check myself in, and go into my room. I was quite amazed to be honest. It was so.. fancy looking. I just had to take a picture of it. Anyway, it was only 6:21p.m out but I felt so tired. I changed into my PJs, being on a plane honestly tires me out so much. I slept soundly for the rest of the evening, an exciting day at Paris awaited me for tomorrow!
I wake up, and check my phone, 11:21a.m. I've been sleeping for 17 hours. I almost forgot, I'm visiting the Eiffel Tower today! However, I don't know the other two places I'll be visiting for the next two days. I open up my browser and look at the attractions in Paris, France. The two attractions that appealed to me is The Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame de Paris. Alright, So I'll visit the museum tomorrow and on my last, day, I'll visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I got up out of my bed, brushed my teeth and got changed to go down to the lobby to eat breakfast. I had myself an English muffin, coffee, croissant, and a muffin. It was a small breakfast, but it still filled me up surprisingly. The Eiffel Tower was only twelve minutes away so I didn't need to take a taxi there. It was only 1:06p.m so there was so much to do before I head to the tower. I exit my hotel and walk around to see if there are any stores I could visit and window shop in. I see a souvenir shop and enter. I decided to buy some souvenirs for my family and best friends. I also wanted to myself some things in memory of my visit to Paris too. So far, I bought a few sweaters, t-shirts that said "I Love Paris", Mini-Eiffel Tower Keychains, and spoons. When I was finished purchasing souvenirs, I went back to my hotel to drop off the bags and went to walk to the Tower. I heard that Eiffel Towers are most beautiful at night, but I also wanted to see it in the day time too. Maybe I'll see the tower for now, then later on at night, I'll come there again. As I'm walking, I look up at see part of the Eiffel Tower. I'm almost there! I finally get there, buy my tickets and go inside. I go in the elevator, all the way to the top. I was kind of scared because I was at the top, and I was scared of heights but at the same time, the view was pretty beautiful. I can imagine what it'd be like if it was night. I took pictures of the gorgeous view too. After a couple of hours, it was 6:01p.m already. Time goes by pretty fast. I made my way down the Eiffel tower elevator, and went to look for a nearby restaurant I could eat in, since I was really hungry by that time. After five minutes, I see a restaurant called "Guy Savoy" . It looked really fancy, but it didn't matter to me, I was hungry so I didn't mind eating at a really fancy restaurant. I ordered myself a 'White Truffle Pasta', which was really good. After about half an hour of enjoying my meal, I paid my bill, tipped the server, and left the restaurant. I went back to my hotel to relax for a bit, since I wanted to go back to the Eiffel Tower around 8:00. By then, it would be pretty dark and it would look beautiful by then too! I head back to my room and go on my phone to upload the pictures I took so far. I took pictures of the souvenirs I bought, the Eiffel Tower of course, the view from the top of it, and much more. At about 7:45p.m, I leave my hotel and walk back to the Eiffel Tower. I just had to see it when it's dark out! People say that the Eiffel Tower starts glowing when it's night. I definitely want to snap a shot of that! When I got there, I had to take a picture of the Tower. It was so beautiful, it stood out. I got my tickets again, took the elevator and took pictures of the view down from the Tower. Maybe when it was daylight, the view was more frightening, but at night, all you see is light. I took my pictures, then after a few hours of the sight seeing, I headed back to my hotel. It was 10:09p.m. It was getting so late, and I was getting tired too. I got back to my hotel, went to my room, changed to my PJs, and went straight to sleep after a long day.
I wake up at 12:11p.m, I've been waking up late often for some reason. Maybe it's because i've been really tired lately or have been sleeping late? Oh well. I get up, brush my teeth, and get changed for my second day at Paris, France! I go down to the lobby, and decided to have a normal breakfast. Just bacon, eggs, french toast, and coffee. When I'm finished my breakfast, I go on my phone and check out reviews on the museum. So far, people are saying it's a really great visit. I also read that the museum looks like a glass pyramid! That's quite interesting, because you don't normally see glass museums around. "It's an even better experience when you visit at night!", I read. It seems like everything is more beautiful in Paris when it's night I guess. I decided I'll visit the museum when it's around 6-7:00p.m. I put my phone in my back pocket, and left my hotel to walk around and maybe window shop or enjoy the nice cool weather outside. As I was walking, I came across many boutiques, and window shopped from some of it. Three hours later of walking, I go to a nearby fast food restaurant, order myself some food and sit there for a little while since I was tired from walking, It was 6:23p.m so I should be heading to the museum soon. I call a taxi, and ask the driver to go to "the Louvre Museum". It was a 20 minute drive, so I should be arriving there at about 7:00p.m, and it closes at 9:45p.m. When I arrived, I was really surprised by the sight of the glass museum. It was quite dark out and the pyramid really stood out since it was glowing. I paid off the taxi driver, and went inside the museum. I bought a ticket and walked around. When I went inside I realized that the Louvre Museum is a former historic palace housing art collections from Roman sculptures to Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The three pieces that attracted me most were the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory. The structure itself was just breathtakingly beautiful. I really loved the artwork, I felt that when I was in there, the statue came to life. The Louvre Museum had about 300,000 pieces of art and the ones that stood out to me the most were the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. After a couple of more hours of walking around the museum, It was 9:35 and everyone had to exit the museum because it was closing. I took one last picture of the museum at night, since I thought that everyone needed to see this. I called a taxi and went back to my hotel. I ate dinner at the lobby then went to my room. I changed to my PJs, uploaded the pictures of Facebook, and Instagram then went to sleep.
I wake up at 9:00 am, brush my teeth and get ready to visit the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. I realize that this is my last night at Paris. The last two days were enjoyable and fun, I was quite sad that time went by so quickly. However, I still have more countries to visit, new experiences still await me! I want to enjoy my last day at Paris as much I can today before I have to leave tomorrow morning. I go downstairs to have breakfast in the lobby first before I leave the hotel to go explore the city of Paris some more. Since today's my last day, I'm planning on going to the Notre Dame Cathedral in the afternoon but for now, I'm going to walk around the city. When I'm done my breakfast, I exit the hotel, and start to stroll around the city of Paris. About half an hour later, I come across a beautiful garden. The garden was looked really gorgeous so I had to take a picture of it. This garden was called the "Jardin des Plantes", which is the main botanical garden in France. After walking around the garden, I turn around and head back to my hotel. While walking, I go to a nearby fast food restaurant and get some lunch. When I'm finished eating, I call a taxi to head to the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. About thirty minutes later, we arrive. I buy my ticket, then enter. I was very amazed at how humongous, ancient and beautiful it looked on the inside. Going inside the cathedral, made me feel like I was walking around in an ancient mansion. I heard that the Notre Dame Cathedral is over 800 years old! I was mesmerized by all the sculptures, and the stained glasses surrounding the cathedral. The Notre Dame Cathedral has such an incredible structure with so much history. This )must be a really legendary church. Fabulous stained glass and atmosphere everywhere. I feel as if I can live in this beautiful church. I was so mesmerized by all the eye-catching things that I got carried away and ahead of time. It was 8:21 p.m already, I had to leave immediately since I'm going to Spain the next morning. I leave the church, and call a taxi to go back to the hotel. After I arrive, I eat dinner in the lobby and head back to my room. I start packing my clothes into my luggage, change into my PJs, set my alarm up to 6:00 a.m and go to sleep.
Day Four (Departure to Barcelona, Spain):
I wake up at approximately 6:00 a.m since my alarm woke me up. I quickly brush my teeth, get ready, get all my luggage and head down to the lobby to have some breakfast. After I'm done my breakfast, I call a taxi to go to the 'Charles de Gaulles Airport'. When I arrive at the airport, I go into the 'Departure' area. I see a sign that says 'Departing to Spain' so I go there. Half an hour later, I head on to the plane, set my luggage on top of the rack, and take a nap as the plane flies to Spain.