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Tuesday, 5 February 2013- Wednesday, 6 February 2013: My friends and I had a week off from classes, so we decided to take advantage of it and go on a fantastic adventure! We decided that we wanted to save some money, so we took a bus from Leicester to Paris (I can say, in retrospect, it was not worth saving the money haha).
Arc du Triomphe du CarrouselDon’t do what we did unless you are just that pinched for money…even then I’m not totally sure it was worth it. None of us slept much (I didn’t for more than an hour) and it was cold and raining when we first arrived, so it got a little hysterical and ridiculous by the time we got to Paris–we didn’t know where we were and none of us spoke French. Thankfully, Sarah was really good with directions and was able to figure out where we were and where we needed to be. Between all of us, we eventually got there.

After we arrived, dropped off our luggage at our rented apartment and made a game plan for the day, we started by heading toward the center of the city to find something to eat. We took the Metro to the Palais-Royal stop, walked under the Louvre pyramids, by the Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel, explored and took some pictures, then crossed the Seine and went to a lovely cafe next to the Musee d’Orsay. We had a delicious lunch (honestly, it could have been dirt for all we cared…we were all starving) and then headed to the Musee d’Orsay. View from inside Musee d'Orsay

At Musee d’Orsay, we learned about a fun little trick our visas did. Apparently since we have visas that last more than a year, we are able to get into every single museum and monument for free because technically we are EU students! Best discovery ever! I cannot tell you how many places we saved money at because we just asked if they would do that discount!

After we explored the museum and stared to our hearts content at the amazing Impressionist paintings, we walked to Saint-Chapelle. If you have never been, I HIGHLY recommend it! Sainte-ChapelleI have been there before, and was still in awe of the splendor and beauty of this cathedral. The stained glass in that church absolutely has no comparison. It is fantastic.

Notre Dame

Next, we walked (well honestly, wandered…even though its basically across the street from Sainte-Chapelle…we were tired) to Notre Dame. It was the 850th anniversary of the cathedral, so they had placed the bells from the towers in the church nave. It was so cool to see all of the bells. They all have their names engraved on them.

Notre Dame

Nave of Notre Dame

Notre DameAfter we explored Notre Dame, we walked around the city a bit more, and of course stopping to get some crepes and go in some tourist shops. That night we went to dinner at a pizzeria around the corner from us, figured out a game-plan for our next day, and hit the sack early. It was such a fun (yet long) day to start our adventure in Paris! Carrousel outside of Notre Dame

More to come soon!