Today I woke up early to have as many hours in Paris as possible. We bought tickets through our hotel for the Musee d’Orsay so we sailed right to the front of the line and were able to see all the Monets and Renoirs my heart desired before noon. For lunch we stopped at a boulangerie in the 6th and had our favorite sandwiches, ham, cheese and butter on a baguette for me and hotdog and cheese on a baguette for Madison. We ate them on the bridge right next to the museum, and while sitting there, noticed a lot of locks on the railings of the bridge. When looking closer, it was full of locks with people’s initials on them and the year they visited Paris. We bought one, and in purple permanent marker wrote “Victoria ♥ Madison” on one side and “2011” on the other. We are hoping to find it when we come back to Paris (and we WILL be coming back).
After lunch, we wandered around north of Place de la Concorde, an area I somehow managed to leave unexplored even after studying in Paris for 5 months. It is a very ritzy area, full of huge courtyards and fancy exteriors. It was a warm and sunny day and we spent most of our time outside. When we were tired we sat on a bench for an hour watching people go by, and then bought some wine and sat on the Champ de Mars where we admired the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by dozens of other couples. We also snacked on the most delicious tart citron made at a patisserie on AUP’s campus. Our train to London leaves at 9:15pm tonight so we had an early dinner also on campus at a brasserie (pretty decent onion soup) and made it back to the hotel to get our luggage before heading over to Gare Nord.
It is hard to believe I will be sleeping in London tonight while blogging from my Paris hotel lobby, but that’s the pace we’ve been going at on this trip! We are literally exhausted – someone should take a picture of us right now, surrounded by all our bags. I am happy to go back to the states tomorrow and sleep in my own bed, I think after all of this nonstop traveling we are ready to relax (aka not walk around for 8 + hours a day). I hope I have the opportunity to come back to this side of the pond soon, we’ve had a great time!