Packing with an Irritated Diabetes Eye- It’ll be written soon. I promise. But right now- I’d really love the chance to write about what’s been going on so far!
I would like to start with how much I love Paris so far!
back to the beginning. well not back. onward to the beginning!
When I finally arrived to the airport Wednesday U.S. time, I only had one thing on my mind- my nerves about going through security… Well, I did make it through without any problems actually! I got on my flight to Miami, and it still hadn’t quite hit me- at all. I was going to Paris- but I didn’t feel it. But-
The minute the plane took off, and my stomach dropped (the only time I like that feeling)- it kind of hit me. Not a lot yet. I read most of the flight. I get to Miami, and my flight to Paris was slightly delayed. The Miami airport is nice, and luckily my gates were near each other! But-
Once I got on the flight this time, it REALLY HIT ME! I was going to Paris for six weeks. The excitement started to flow through me. I wasn’t nervous. I truly love the feeling of traveling and being in a place I’ve never been to before. It just simply- makes me happy. I just know it’ll be an amazing experience- I WILL take full advantage of.
So, we are staying in the 6th arrondissement. I hope to visit each one well! Aapparently this one is “posh.” It is not as touristy as some spots. But there’s a lot of neat things very close to us. Also, it’s easy to get lost… Paris streets are not very straight or “grid like” a lot of times the same street will in fact turn. So being told to continue on a street, does not mean go straight- lesson learned. Street Signs are my friend!
I’ll go ahead and say it- I was the beginning of us getting lost. As of right now- it’s easy to get lost, but it’s also easy to get back, But right now- I don’t really mind getting lost. It’s not a bad thing- you get to see a lot and everything.
The second time we got lost again- at night (in a group). We were leaving the Eiffel Tower and we got lost. I really appreciate the metro (like NYC’s subway) because they have maps everywhere that are super helpful. Also, the people here really are nice- especially if you at least attempt to speak french and be polite- they usually try to help. A cute old couple took pity me on me when I was trying to practice my french along with making sure we were going the right way- They told us we were going the right way. My favorite road right now is Rue des invalides– why- it’s pretty andddd every time I come across it, I know where I am again. Phew. That is my street!
Our first night here- we went straight to the Eiffel Tower, and we were very American tourists. Oh well- we got to see the sunset- and we saw it sparkle. 🙂 Which was beautiful!
We took the metro- it isn’t that confusing. I will be getting a Navigo pass (you can reload it) I also got to practice my French! and I guess I did at least okay- a lady asked where we were from- so not obviously American? 🙂
We went to the Hard Rock Cafe- of course- I’m just a little obsessed with it. Got my twisted mac and cheese, which were leftovers tonight, and my shirt! The area it is located in has a lot of neat places to eat- and reasonably priced- thank goodness!
So our first night here- I fell right asleep, but I’m guessing that is because I was exhausted and I hadn’t slept in 36 hours or more… Last night- I could not sleep at all. I only got a few hours of sleep, but I made myself get up so I can get used to the time zone asap!
Today- 5-18-13- Saturday
A group of us went shopping at Le Bon Marche. woah… that place is so huge and beautiful- along with slightly overwhelming because you have no idea where to begin. so many shopping places and so little time!
Then we went walking- not just a little walk- but a long walk about 2 hours worth of walking (not including stopping)- but so worth it! I don’t feel bad about anything I ate today or the fact that I didn’t get a run in… First we stopped at the flower market– so beautiful!
Then we stopped Notre Dame- didn’t go inside but we enjoyed the view. Then we saw the Walking Bridges – Ponts de Arts– (read up on this). Personally, it was one of my favorite parts of the day.
Then we went to the Louvre– again we didn’t go in but we enjoyed the view.
Lastly we went to Champs Elysees – a hugeeee street of shopping- for sure going back there again.
For now- I am full of my leftovers from Hard Rock- and being a little “lame” but oh well. I did so much these past few days and today- I need to relax. Catch up on zzzzzz’s, and tomorrow I’ll be getting up early and finally… going for a run!
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