The last two days I finally decided to start exploring and really take in the city. I had an “oh sh-t” moment and realized that I was not on track to see everything on my list. I decided to make the most of what I could.
Due to the Protests, the Catacombs were closed.
The Louvre does not open every section on certain days of the week. I wanted to try the Jay-Z & Beyonce self-guided tour, but unfortunately, the Red Room was closed on Friday. On the plus side, I saw most, if not all, of the Denon wing between my two visits.
My friends and I visited the Eiffel Tower … again. The first time we went to the Eiffel Tower, it was closed. Although I was able to capture really great photos the first time around, my mission was not accomplished. The second time, we were able to go all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The elevation and city views are very similar to that of being on top of a mountain. The wind, however, was very similar to being stuck in a monsoon (minus the rain and dust.
As part of the larger group, we took a scenic cruise on the Seine River.
Point to Ponder
Hello everyone your final point to ponder asks you to reflect on this entire experience in a number of ways. First of all tell me a few of the things that you learned that perhaps you did not know before you came to Paris and experienced it yourself. Secondly, address some of your favorite activities or experiences while here in the city of light. Be detailed and perhaps incorporate an image or two as you relate those activities. Finally tell me what you think you may miss, if anything, of this city when you leave. Again be detailed in that which you will miss the most or least.m
Paris was an eye-opening experience. Although I would love to start with French being something I learned in France, that would be a lie.
I did not know that Paris was a walking city (and booooooyy do my shoes feel it).
I learned to always go to the bathroom before you leave for something. Most toilettes are not free in Paris (& restaurants make you buy something).
Diversity in Paris is such an interesting conversation. France doesn’t count “race” so according to our tour guide, racial issues and prejudices are sometimes swept under the rug. Frenchmen also don’t have the equivalent of an “n“ word - in a sense, that is cool because it’s less divisive, but also as an African American, it’s a little difficult to comprehend.
Lastly, budget in all currencies you will use for the duration of the trip.
My Favorite Experience
Visiting the Palace of Versailles was one of the most enjoyable activities. It was beautiful.
Funny story: My friend & I were using Apple Maps to guide us to the palace. If you know anything about Apple Maps, there is room for improvement to say the least. We were looking around thinking we were heading in the wrong direction. We looked up & saw a building covered in gold.
It’s both crazy and amazing that I stood in such an influential place. The palace was so overwhelming. We went towards closing so time was limited. The tour has an audioguide which explains all the rooms & their purposes. If I could go back, I’d probably try to touch King Louis’ bed.
What I’ll Miss
Although, the trip had room for improvement, I really enjoyed myself. There are a few things I will miss
The freedom - I’ve never felt more free than riding the metro & getting to know the city
The money I spent shopping - Paris has the really great designer shopping.
The art - there are so many museums and they are all relatively close to each other.