Let’s go back shall we? To the release of the Titanic movie in 3D. I went with Stephanie and Dana and it was wonderful! We found a theatre that had the movies in English with Spanish subtitles, which was perfect considering we wanted to actually hear Kate and Leo. Not their Spanish counterparts. Once the movie was over Stephanie and I said goodbye to Dana and headed for the metro, where we were planning on making the last train to the airport. It was quite the success. We made it to Barajas with ease and that’s when my problem started. We got all the way to security when the guard noted my tickets. I had booked the wrong flights. On the discount airlines the flight times are the same everyday. I must have picked the wrong days. I chose a day earlier to get to Paris and a day later to leave for Madrid. The guard said that Easy Jet opens their counter at 4am. So Steph and I sat by their counter. She slept a little, I of course couldn’t. So when Easy Jet opened up a very panicked Ariel explained her problem. The lady was able to get me on the flight with all of my friends. The one I was originally supposed to take. Naturally there was a price which was really unfortunate. Part of the reason I was even going to Paris was because I managed to do it without paying a ton. Yet there I was, and I sickly paid for a new ticket. We got through security and then it was time to board and time to go to Paris!
When we made it to CDG we found the RER B (the cheapest way to get into the city). It was a solid journey and then I got off at Luxembourg and waiting for me a top of the stairs was the one and only LILY GREEN! Super excited to see her, I immediately asked if I could stay at her place an extra night. Fortunately, I could. It’s a good thing I had a place to stay in Paris or it would have killed me financially. So we went back to her home stay for a bit and she headed to class. I took a nap since I hadn’t slept at all. When Lily got back from her second class, she woke me up and we began our adventure. It began with a stroll through Le Jardin du Luxembourg, the very beautiful gardens right by her house. Everything was super green and beautiful. So many people were out! We then strolled to the cafe, Les Deux Magots for coffee/hot chocolate. Basically this was one of the two cafes that many expats and important writers and thinkers would hang out at in the past. So I wanted to check it out. We then went to Laudree and got macarons. They were so yummy!!! So we snacked, and walked, and talked, and then it was getting close to dinner. We found ourselves at my friend’s hotel and went to dinner with Jen and Mariel at a place nearby. It was absolutely delicious. Tired, we went back to Lily’s a hung out for a bit more before going to sleep.
The next morning I woke up super early to meet Elisa, Steph, Jen, and Mariel at the Musee d’Orsay. Since the weather was wonderful and Paris is such a fantastic walking city I decided to walk to the museum from Lily’s place. And it was quite the walk! I saw the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, and Notre Dame! I also passed the lock bridge along the Seine and saw beautiful buildings lining the river. I made it to the museum with time to spare and waited. The girls still weren’t there as I was being let in. I figured I’d run into them eventually. So I went through the Impressionist exhibit and saw the works of Degas, Manet, Monet, and was super happy. Finally my friends met up with me. We enjoyed the museum a bit more then it was time to head to Les Invalides. We walked there from the museum since it was still so lovely out. I was waiting for Lily so they all went ahead. Lily and I got tickets to the tomb and museum. So we ran into Mariel, Jen, and Steph, who claimed they couldn’t get tickets but saw the tomb. We said we were going to check it out and the be right back out. Turns out they were wrong. They saw the wrong tomb. But Napoleon’s, man was that thing GIANT. Talk about a complex! When we got outside they were gone! But I knew they were headed to L’Opera Garnier. So Lily and I took a nice walk, had sandwiches and arrived at the Opera. It’s such a gorgeous building. After hanging around for a bit we ran into Elisa. The others eventually filed out and we went to this restaurant called Chartier, which is a well known spot in Paris. Then Lily and I said our goodbyes and we headed towards Montmatre, to meet her roommate Anna, and Anna’s mom for dinner. The four of us had a lovely dinner and then it was time for Lily and I to head back. This was the first time we used the Metro ALL DAY! But it was getting dark and it was time to head home.
The next morning we woke up relatively early and headed towards Le Marais, where we’d be meeting my friend from high school, Daria, for lunch. On the way however we stopped by the famous bookstore, Shakespeare and CO. I wish I had more time there, oh well, I guess I will have to go back! We then crossed the river, passed Notre Dame, and headed through Le Marais, or the Jewish Quarter, to get to L’as du Falafel. IT WAS DELICIOUS! So excited that I finally made it! Lily, Daria, and I then walked around the neighborhood a bit and caught it. It had been so long since I’d seen Daria. We passed the Centre Pompidou, crossed the river yet again, and ended up at the Pantheon. After a drink at MacDo, we said goodbye to Daria who had to catch a train back to where she was living. Lily and I then went inside the Pantheon. Which was so cool! All of the great thinkers are now buried there. I felt surrounded by greatness. Zola, Voltaire, Curie, etc…it was awesome! That night Lily and I went back to her place and napped for a little. When we woke up we decided to eat at her home stay. I made us some homemade mac and cheese and we just chilled out. We were really tired.
Monday Lily had things to do, and since accidentally it was my extra day in Paris, I got out of her way. I left her house early and made my way to the Cimetiere du Montparnasse to chill with Jean-Paul Satre and Simone de Beauvoir. Then I took the metro to Ile de la Cite to go to Le Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle. Both were stunning. Especially the stained glass windows at Sainte Chapelle. I was in complete shock and awe. I then strolled through the Jardin one last time and had lunch. I finally made my way back to Lily’s and it was time for me to head back to the airport. I had such an incredible trip. This trip was filled with totally new things. It just goes to show that you can visit Paris a million times and always have something fun to do. Most importantly, it was wonderful seeing my friend Lily. VIVE LA FRANCE!