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I just got back from a fun-filled, and extremely tiring weekend in Paris, France!!!! It was a pretty cool place. I can honestly say it was the most gorgeous city i've ever been too. But i still like Madrid more lol :]

We left Madrid on thursday around 2 or 3 in the afternoon (which meant no skool for two days! woo!). Our plane landed about nine or so, but we had to drive an hour to actually get to paris. We all fell asleep on the bus ride there, but within an hour, we finally made it to Paris, and the best part was, was that our hotel was 5 minutes from the Eiffel Tower and you could see it from the hotel! it was nuts!

The first night i went down to the tower with Lorena (of course :] ) and this girl named Becca. we just lied underneath it and took pictures and enjoyed finally being able to see the freakin eiffel tower!

the next morning we had to get up really early. Like 8:30 early. As a group, we all got on the bus and took a 3 hour tour around the city seeing the eiffel tower, trocadero, the french military building, which is way gorgeous and it was where Napeleon went to school (and there were bullet holes on the side of the building from WWII when the germans took over Paris!!!!), we went by the some palace and some other really historical and completely gorgeous buildings, but i cant remember their names because we drove by most of them so quickly. But atleast i got to see them! we actually stopped at Trocadero, which is across the way from the Eiffel and we got to take pictuers of it for like 15 minutes. Oh did i mention that it rained the entire weekend there?!?!? so my pictures have such an eery vibe. to me, it couldn't have been better. i take the best photos when its raining....

Then we went by the Arc du Triomphe and Champs-Elysees and Place de Concorde and some other famous buildings that again, i cant remember the names of, but they were mostly goverment builings that have existed in Paris forever, we saw the Pantheon (where Mari Curie, Rousseau, and Voltaire [i think voltaire] are buried!), the Ritz hotel, the Place where Benjamin Frankling stayed when he came to France, and the church in the end of the Da Vinci code which was made famous by that book, and we finished at Notre Dame, which was really nothing too special. From there i broke off of the group to go see some stuff that only i wanted to see. I first went to the Musee D'Orsay. I stopped at a stand on the outside of it for a sandwhich and then i wandered around the museum for like 3 hours. it was fantastic. they even had a special Picasso/Manet exhibit which was sooooo rad!!!!!!!!!!

Then I walked around the city all the way over to Plaza or Place de Concordes, Luxembourg gardens, Pantheon, and the Arc du Triomphe to take pictures of all this stuff. Then i returned back to the hotel, cuz it was dark by this point, and chris happened to arrive at basically the same time with Tristan. So we went out to dinner, which by the way, food is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Expensive in Paris! it drove me nuts! i paid close to 20 euro for a cheeseburger!! i was starving afterwards but i didnt wanna get any more food cuz it was so stinking expensive. It was really funny though, becasue one of the waiters there was a real salesman. he threw us a pitch convincing us to eat there, and he realed in like 3 or 4 other couples. it was pretty funny to watch this guy. and he did it all in French, he didnt break into english once. But he convinced this couple from England to come in and we all struck up conversation. Real nice people they were. And to be honest most of the french people were really nice, except for a few. i got a few dirty looks and stares at my pants....thats normal though, eh? Then we went to a convenience store to get some coke and we ran into two random girls from Washington State. We ended up walking back to their hotel (they were in paris for the weekend, but they were studyin abroad in London). We all tried to fit into the tiny elevator there, but we weighed too much and it got stuck and we broke it and it freaked us all out cuz we were trapped in there for like ten minutes and it was so tiny you couldnt move and it got super hot cuz we all had coats on. i eventuallly pulled as hard as i could on the doors and they slid apart. the elevator was like a foot off the ground. scary as hell, but funny as well hahaha. so we took the stairs.

we ended up going to the eiffel tower after they changed their shoes or something (girls....), and we ended meeting more people there. we met an entire choir from Poland and they sang to us and they were so much fun and really really nice! at the end of the night, tristan ran up and grabbed one of them and kissed her under the tower....real smooth like. everyone was cheering, it was hilarious. but really cool. and then we were walking back and one of the girls we met from washington flags this random guy down who was driving a moped and tells him it was her bday (which it really was) and asks for a ride. so he took her around the block at like 2 in the morning on his vespa. pretty hilarious like. then i went to bed ha.

the next day we got up about the same time and we all went over to the Louvre. I finally got to see it! i've waited so long to finally go there. Let me just say one thing though. If you are going to get lost anywhere, don't let it be the Louvre, because that place is a disaster. And yes, i'm implying that i got lost. for like 2 hours hahaha. i lost the tour somehow cuz our tour guide just skipped over Madonna on the Rocks by Da Vinci, so I just went to glance at it and everyone was gone. and the Louvre is a freaking maze. it's impossible to find anyhting because its like a hurricane of paintings and statues. and to be honest, i wasn't impressed by the louvre at all. the d'Orsay was a million times better. No offense to anyone, but I can't handle five thousands pictures of jesus. It's just boring. I've come to realize i dont like Renaissance art. It's so predictable and boring. I like a little excitement to the paintings. I definitely like 20th century art the best. But I'm really glad i got to wander around the Louvre for a few hours. I know this may sound ridiculous, but I think i saw everything there. I was trying to find the group and through that i hit every room. granted i didnt take all of it in (and it would be impossible to do that cuz it is the world's largest museum) but i think i saw it all. and there were only a few pieces i actually liked. Venus de Milo, Mona LIsa, and Madonna on the Rocks and that was pretty much it. The history inside there was great though. It was an old castle for the Kings, such as Napoleon and I got to see his old living quarters. it must have been nice to be Napoleon.

I was on my way out, but still looking for the signs of anyone from our group and i found becca and cal. They told me everyone had left already. So i started to take off and I ran into Tanner. Him and I proceeded to the Picasso Museum, which was so wonderful! it was pretty small but filled with Picasso's, which you all know i'm a huge fan of, and there were also some paintings in his personal collection from artists such as Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Rousseau and some others. It was great. And then we ate lunch at a chinese restaurant. what i got was good, but his lunch wasn't so great. He ended up meeting a friend there but i was exhausted at this point from running around Paris for two days so I walked back to the hotel, but it took me 2 and a half hours! and it was dark by the time i got home. And although I was exhausted, it was a great walk because i got some awesome photos and i got to really see a whole lot of Paris. Paris is so gorgeous and rich of history its disgusting! I really liked Paris, i wish i had some more time to spend there, and some more money cuz it was so ridiculously expensive. I'm sure i'll go back one day. And i'm gonna have to because there was soooooo much there that i still didn't get to see! such as Versaille. i know, i know, dont yell at me for not making it there, but it was kind of expensive and far away, and i just couldnt fit it in. But ill get back there someday, i promise.

Anyways, i made it back to the hotel around 8 or 9 and i fell asleep for the whole night. I really needed that sleep. Anyways, We only had about 4 hours to do stuff on our last day because we had to head to the airport around 3:30. I walked for about 40 minutes to Invalides and then i realized that i didnt have enough time to keep walking if i wanted to get to all these places i had in mind. I headed to the Metro there, and some really nice girl stopped and helped me figure out exactly where i needed to go. I took the metro straight to Montmartre which was wonderful because i got a great view of Paris (and since i decided not to pay the 12 euro to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, this was a free way of seeing the same thing). From Montmartre I went to the Cemetary where Jim Morrison is buried. Unfortunately when i got there, i only had like 10 or 15 minutes to spend there because it was about an hour ride via metro back to the hotel and thats all the time i had left. So i ran through the cemetary only to realize that there were hundreds of graves of really famous people. I accidently found Chopin which was rad, and then after a while i finally found Jim Morrison. I also heard a rumour that Salvador Dali was buried in there but i didnt get a chance to find out. But i made it back to the hotel with about 30 minutes to spare, which was surprising because the metro went way quicker than i was expecting. I was starving at this point and i randomly ran into a bunch of the girls in my program and we ate these delicious Panini sandwhiches and crepes. it was a perfect way to finish off the weekend. And then we rode the hour long bus ride to the airport and we flew back to Madrid, thankfully and finally. I loved Paris, but I missed Madrid so much. It's hard for me to stay away from here because there is nothing like it and i've fallen way too much in love with this city to leave it for more than a weekend. Plus, in France, I don't speak any french and since i'm so used to using spanish, i kept saying things in spanish, such as Oh Sorry, or Thank you, or yes please, but i said it all in spanish and the french people would give me strange looks. and then i'd remember that yes isn't "si," its "oui." but now im home again and i can finally use spanish agian, and i love it.

So last night, after we got off the plane, Chris, Tristan and I ate at Doner Kebob (ostia!) and then Sirus and I met up with Alejandra and her two friends from Israel, whom we had met last week. It was their last night in Madrid so we went to go get some Sangria, but our place was closed, probably because it was late Sunday night, so we headed to a place called Ojala, but they didnt have what we were looking for, but they referred us to a bar across the street. We got these amazing Mojitos and it was really fun just hanging out, back in Madrid with some of the funnest people i've ever met. these girls were a riot. and not to mention Sirus was with us. that kid is so hilarious!!! i love hanging out with him, he's the most fun in the world!
Last week when we met them, Sirus taught all of us how to do the dance to the song, "Soulja Boy" or something like that and last night we filmed all of us doing the dance together, with sirus singing the lyrics, keeping the beat. it was so funny!!!!!!!! it wasnt as good as last week, cuz some spanish people cheered for us afterwards, but it was still hilarious. Eventually, Alejandra said her tearfilled goodbyes to her friends (she hasnt seen them in 4 years!) and we departed. Then i crashed and went to bed hahah. thats my weekend.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Si vous plaît, where are the pictures of Paris?
Nov. 19th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
wait! i have so many. and im kinda busy/lazy. ill get em up dont you worry! :]
Nov. 23rd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Paris Photos
Graham, Awesome photos. I really like the black and white ones. I agree with you that the D'Osay is a fantastic museum. I just like the way they converted the train station and the lay out of the sculptures and paintings. Yes, I am jealous. Bill
Nov. 27th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, when I was in SC hanging out with a bunch of black people I learned the super man dance! WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER! It'll be rad, Eamonn will knock us both out for being so damn hip hop!
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