178. Je préfère la rue, la rue des invalides.

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.

Here’s My to do list! it’s starting to come along!

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!

Paris - 1st and 2nd Day 040 (I actually took that picture!)

Thursday, 5-16-18

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? 🙂

5-17-13, Friday

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!

IMG_0806 ( I took this too!)

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.

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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!

Love, Words, Inspiration, and Insulin! -Until next time! and until there’s a cure!

 

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