Paris, France Day 2: Everything Here Looks Expensive

Friends. I am so, so, so sorry.

All of those posts from Europe I was planning on doing? Well, I took about a bazillion pictures on my trip (I’m back now), but I had many problems with uploading pictures, WiFi connections, charging my devices, etc., etc., etc. I couldn’t even use my Nikon for about half the trip!

But good news. I’m still going to do all of the posts I was originally planning to do. They’re just a couple weeks late. 😉

Let’s start with Versailles, shall we?

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This isn’t actually part of Château de Versailles, but we walked past it on our way. I thought the colors were really cool.

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Let me tell you something about the amount of time I stood in line to get into the building . . . close to two hours. It also happened to be sweltering outside. At one point, an ambulance actually came to help someone who was suffering from the heat. I took this picture as we were closer to the front, but the line actually snakes around and back several times. 😟

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Everything was gold. 😯

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Once inside Versailles, I was completely blown away by the architecture!

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There were kind of a lot of statues . . .

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(One of my favorite pics.)

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I took this picture in the Hall of Mirrors, my favorite place in the whole castle. Look at those chandeliers!

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And the ceiling, too – amazing.

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In one of the bedrooms – I can’t imagine how much dust must be in this couch.

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The artwork is incredible! I believe that this is a painting of Mercury, one of the Roman deities.

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The expansive gardens.

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Louis XIV was called the Sun King, which is why there are so many suns/gold thingies featured in the castle. He reigned for 72 years.

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Translation: To all the glories of France.

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One last look at Versailles. Isn’t it huge?

My feet hurt soooooo bad after we were finished – or rather, halfway through the tour. They actually started tingling and felt like they were going to fall off . . . oh well. It was worth it. 😉

XOXO,

–  Morgan

 

Paris, France Day 1: I Love Crêpes

Bonjour, mes amies!

*Tries to type with fake French nails*

*Cause I’m in France, by the way*

*In case you didn’t figure it out already*

Okay, I swear it is basically impossible to type like this. But here goes anyway.

So . . . I’m in Paris. And it’s pretty amazing. I opened my window this morning and the air smelled like pastries. I’m not even kidding.

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This is the street right by our hotel. Over on the left (you can’t see it), I ate my first real French croissant. Definitely does not compare to the frozen, fake, flake-free ones I eat at the coffee shops in Alaska.

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After breakfast, we took the Metro to-

Wait, hold up. Can I just say how IMPOSSIBLE to use the Metro? I mean, it’s obviously not impossible, since we used it four or five times today. But there was a lot of standing around, trying to figure out where to go. It’s so confusing.

Anyway, I was about to tell you we went to L’Arc de Triomphe this morning. It was so much bigger than I thought it was. My dad and brother and I climbed to the top (a lot of stairs!) and got our first birds-eye view of the city. My mom opted to stay below.

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Underneath the Arc. It’s the biggest arch in the world, and was commissioned by Napoleon to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz.

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My first complete view of the Tower, too. So amazing.

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The flame is rekindled each evening at 6:30.

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The architecture here is to die for.

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Ooh, what’s this?

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(I think we know, Morgan . . .)

Built in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle, the Tower stands at 1,063 feet from base to tip.

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The gardens surrounding the tower were so green and lush.

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So, it was a little scary to be all the way up there, since I’m afraid of heights, but you could see all of Paris!

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The river Seine.

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Everything is green, white, and beige. 😂

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A little waterfall in the gardens.

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Does anyone know what these flowers are?

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So this is a little blurry since it was getting dark out, but this is where I had my first French crêpe – Nutella et fraises. As in Nutella and strawberry. I don’t love Nutella, but it was seriously the most incredible thing I’ve eaten on the trip so far! It was like a flat pancake with warm melted chocolate spread and the best strawberries ever. It could have been the beautiful views that made it taste so good, but I think otherwise.

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A little café we passed on the way back to the hotel.

And that’s it for today. I have an early morning tomorrow.

Bonsoir, chères amies. 

Bisous!

-Morgan