Paris was a full success. I loved it and must go back some day. Especially that I haven`t seen everything because of the lack of time.
Nora and I arrived on Saturday morning after a 9 hours long road trip by bus which felt like a class trip back from the school years where you couldn`t sleep. (Megabus` service is the worst place to sleep and travel because the chairs are incredibly uncomfortable and they don`t even have a little table to put your laptop on) To be honest, I`ve felt really lost at the minute we`ve arrived and I thought "jeez what am I doing here?!" but then we`ve found the metro station, bought tickets, went to our hostel in Bastille, dropped off our stuff and started the sighseeing mixed up with trying to find a few friends of mine.
The Pantheon (the building with the cupola) is in the Saint-Germain quarter. This part of the city is basically the students` quarter. You can find the famous Sorbonne University here, although we couldn`t find the exact building of it. I definitely wanted to see this quarter because my favourite writer is Honore de Balzac and one of his novels called Le Père Goriot is placed mostly here.
Also you can find the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) just a few minutes walk down the road from the Pantheon. It`s a beautiful and huge garden - as it`s name says - with trees, fountains, flowers, sculptures and of course a lot of people. We met there with Melanie, a friend of mine who I know from the ATL concert from February and who came to town for The Maine concert the night before (lucky girl! - and even the concert venue was close to our hostel...) We took a random walk around the streets then ended up at the Observatory just because it was free to go in.
The one and only pantomime (I guest it`s how they call it) we`ve seen. I thought it`s a very Frech thing and you can run into them on every corner. But not. Just as you can`t see French woman wearing berets or black and white striped shirts. Town-myths are such a disappointment! Haha.
At Notre Dame (those scary spouts everywhere on it look brutal!), it took about an hour to find Vincent (he is Cecile`s bf) and his friend Alex in the huge crowd. They were our guides and gave tips what to visit. And we did this very Parisian thing what Cecile (I wish she could be there with us as well) told me about earlier: sitting by the river Seine at sunset, drinking wine, eating baguette with smelly cheese and talking. Except the thing I don`t like wine and smelly cheese, so I didn`t do that. Same with eating snail. I know, I`m a horrible tourist who doesn`t want to try anything...It was a really nice evening though, dreaming about those luxury boats and apartments with rooftop garden next to the river and it was Nora`s birthday!!!
Later we said goodbye to the boys and walked back to Bastille quarter to sleep and have shower finally. Plus to find out the Wi-Fi is poor at the place we were staying.
(photo credit for myself)