Thursday, June 05, 2014

Day 15 & 16 Paris - USA

What a whirlwind of country hopping! I can't believe we are already at the end of our trip. It was magical, enlightening, informative and exhausting. Once we arrives in Paris, we had a bit of a tour around the city. We strolled down The Avenue des Champs-Élysées where we passed by the Louis Vuitton store the only location where people have to line up to buy a 2000 Euro purse and there are 5 or 6 stories of bags to choose from. 

We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant (we finally got our amazing Italian Paris!)  We ate with some new friends of ours from So Cal, Tom and Margarita. 

Passing the opera house was an amazing experience, it is multi-colored from many differnt kinds of stone. When the opera singers were about to start a performance, well-wishers would say to them back-stage, "shit" which meant that there were a lot of horses outside and there should be a packed house.

We spent hours roaming around the Louvre where we saw incredible works of art including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and other Italian Renaissance beauties, an Egyptian exhibit that really puts you in Egypt, African Art, and literally saw hundreds of pieces of art. It was said that if you were to only spend 1 minute looking at each work of art in that museum, and you stayed up 24 hours a day, it would take you 3 months to see everything!

We took a boat ride on a river through Paris which was gorgeous and had our whole group clamoring to try to get the perfect Eiffel tower picture! Everyone ran to one side of the boat, it's no wonder the boat didn't tip over. We saw lots of people on the bridges and banks of the river who were waving at us, many were students on break I believe. Lot's of excitement and energy. The sky was beautiful and we watched the lights change in Paris, as they saw. The Eiffel Tower lit up and a large crowd was standing around to watch it happen. We were bombarded by sales guys trying to sell us key chains for a buck. One was literally following us.

Our last night in Paris, we went to a Cabaret Show with many talented dancers, magicians and comedians. The six-course meal was incredible and so was the wine which was self-served (I was over-served by the way). The whole night was magical though I have no pictures to show for it because they were not allowed. I will always have "greyed out" memories.

Our flight home was long but uneventful just as flights should be. We were happy to be back in the USA and in our own bed. Until next time, Europe... I miss you already! 


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