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Paris was spectacular! The weather was a bit drizzly, but I did get one full day of sunshine as I made my way through a four day whirlwind tour of monuments and museums.
The first museum I visited was the Louvre. It is huge. I cannot believe how big the building itself is! I spent several hours there, and it was incredible. The Mona Lisa was flocked by tourists and heavily guarded. I was surprised how many people were just flocking to the famous works listed in the map…
I also went to the Musee d’Orsay. I was impressed with all of the work I saw, but I found Monet’s paintings particularly interesting. The clarity of his painting (out of chaos) impressed me the most.
To keep my religious bearings, I visited Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and Sacré Coeur. They were all very impressive. The Sacré Coeur has a pretty amazing view of Paris, especially at night.
The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, and the catacombs also got some of my time. The Eiffel Tower was an impressive piece of architecture, but it seems a bit out of place compared to its surroundings. The catacombs were very creepy! I could not believe how many bones were down there. It definitely made me cringe.
All in all, Paris was a great experience. I feel like I got a quick revue of the city and its culture (including the nightlife). But I will have to return someday to see the many things I missed.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be traveling through Europe in the latter part of March into early April. I considered going to several places including Germany and Amsterdam, but ultimately I decided to go with my original plan. So, Zurich, Florence, Barcelona, and Paris are the final destinations.
Ultimately it came down to budget and time. I wanted to spend at least three or four days in each city. I will be staying in hostels and traveling on overnight trains. I should have some interesting experiences. Without further ado, here it is:
- Mar-18 – Mar-20 Zurich, Switzerland
- Mar-21 – Mar-24 Florence, Italy
- Mar-25 – Mar-29 Barcelona, Spain
- Mar-30 – Apr-2 Paris, France
- Apr-3 Zurich, Switzerland
- Apr-4 Fly back to Seattle
I am planning to add blog posts throughout my trip, or at least brief updates. I should have some sporadic internet access.
I am really excited to leave! It will be quite a relief after completing school.