Au Revoir Paris! Until next time…

I will start off by saying that a croissant and hot chocolate for breakfast is an awesome way to start the day.

The hotel that I have been staying at for the last 5 nights in Paris (the Ibis Porte de Clichy) is really nice and comfortable, with a very impressive included breakfast.Β  Our London hotel was good too. But the traditional English breakfast of baked beans, friend bacon, sausage and eggs didn’t tickle my fancy as much as croissants and pain au chocolat.

Yesterday was my last full day in Paris, so Marc and I took out for a stroll around the city. We had no plans in particular, but once we started walking, 5 hours passed before we realized the time. Marc is, how should I say…. quiet? or socially awkward? haha He and I were that last Contiki people in Paris and I am glad I had him here, but a majority of the day was either forced conversation by me or silence. I was ok with that.

We started at the Arc de triomphe and walked up Paris’s major shopping street, the Champs de Elysee, stopping inΒ  a few shops along the way. Into the Tuileres garden again, passed the Louvre and the Royal Palace. From there, we put down the map and turned left. We came across the cutest, non-touristy shopping/restaurant area that I loved. If I had enough Euro to re create my entire wardrobe in Paris, I would be in heaven in this neighborhood. Eventually we made it into the Marais area, and grabbed another felafel for lunch. We made our way into the Latin Quarter and took a look around there, Yes, SO much walking.

Marc went back to the hotel and I stopped into the Musee D’Orsay to check out some Van Gogh and Monet. To be honest, I am not a HIGE art fan, but I do really like going to museums. I like the way they feel and leisurely strolling around. I like to Orsay in particular because it used to be an old train station so the building itself was really beautiful. There is a cafe on the 5th floor with a giant transparent clock looking over the city of Paris.

Today I had my croissant AND pain au chocolat with hot chocolate and orange juice for breakfast, and I am now back in the hotel room packing and organizing for the next leg of my trip, the South of France to stay with Aunt Marti and David! They live in Cassis, I’m veryy excited to vicariously live the French lifestyle through them. My train leaves at 2:16 from Paris Gare de Lyon so I will be heading there soon. I think I am going to try and take the metro to the station with my big backpack, so wish me luck! I can’t wait to see the French countryside from the window of the high speed train.

I will be with Marti and David until early morning of the 19th when I head off the Switzerland! Syeda booked some awesome hotels for us (thanks!) so Im getting more and more excited!

Hoping I make it to Marseille in one piece…

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xoxo

ali

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