Paris, France (pt. 2)

When we arrived in Paris, we actually stayed a night a hotel, different than the timeshare we were staying at. God bless TripAdvisor, because we stayed at a hotel with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower in sight from our window. I have never spent a better 60€ for a hotel room. The staff was friendly and was readily available to help us with anything we desired! Our first day in Paris, we walked from the Eiffel Tower, to the Trocadero, to the Arc de Triomphe, down Champs-Élysées, and into the McDonald’s on that street for free wi-fi, to tell our parents we arrived safely and were already exploring the beautiful city of Paris. From there, we moved on to explore the outside of le Grand Palais, and the inside of le Petit Palais, which had free admission for both my sister and I. My favorite thing about Paris that year was the fact that all museums were free for me, as I was under eighteen years of age. Throughout the duration of our entire trip, we only had to pay for my sister’s admission into museums, which sometimes they would still give her a student discount either way. From the Grand and Petit Palais, we walked down to the Place de la Concorde, where the city of Paris began setting up for the festivities of La Fête Nationale, which although it translates to “Bastille Day”, do not directly say, “Happy Bastille Day!”, when you are there. Just don’t do it. Afterwards, we headed down to the Jardin de Tuileries, where the Louvre and Musée de l’Orangerie are located. After a long day of walking around, we crossed the Seine River and walked past Hôtel des Invalides, which was used as a military hospital during the reign of Louis XIV, and now functions as a military museum with uniforms, weaponry, documents, etc., from past wars and battles. Our first day, we mostly walked around everywhere and adjusted to the city life and culture therein, taking in the sites before we explore the insides of it all. With sore and aching feet, after walking for approximately 11.5km, (roughly 7miles), we returned to our hotel and fell asleep with the calming hum of the city around us, with the Eiffel Tower providing a perfect backdrop to it all.

Champ de Mars.
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Walking alongside the Louvre Museum.
Walking alongside the streets in Paris, France.
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Trocadero, Paris, France.




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