During the summer holidays, Charlie (L4S) was lucky enough to visit Paris for the first time. She emailed us about her amazing experiences in the French capital and agreed that we could share them on this blog. Merci Charlie!
I am officially about to start my first full day in Paris and I can’t believe how beautiful it is! We are staying on a road just off the Champs Élysées so we are in a great place.
I think you will be very proud of me with my French so far! I have said many merci‘s and bonjour‘s! Although I appear to know the most French out of all of us, I still found ordering lunch yesterday at the service station interesting! And I couldn’t help laughing when I heard a French song playing on the radio!
Then we had a slight challenge in the hotel. I didn’t know whether we had been given some marshmallows or bath bombs as I don’t know the word for either! So after running one under some water I ended up with a very soggy marshmallow!
J’adore Paris! C’est incroyable!
So, two days ago was our first whole day in Paris. Firstly we got up very early to get in the minivan for our tour. It was definitely worth the early start as it was an amazing opportunity to visit some of the very famous landmarks!
Our tour was in English (thank goodness) and Japanese for a mother and son who were also with us! One thing I have noticed from my time in Paris is that they seem to know I’m English! Before we even talk, they start speaking English to us! Is my French really that poor or am I just very British looking? I have been very surprised just how many people speak English in Paris! I imagine that they have a lot of tourists which means they need to speak a bit of English.
Anyway, we soon arrived at the River Seine which I was thrilled to see was unbelievably close to the Eiffel Tower! We got on the boat and went under a few of the 37 bridges that cross the river! We passed many famous places such as The Louvre, Notre-Dame de Paris, Musée d’Orsay and many other places! I managed to get a good photo of the Eiffel Tower or La Tour Eiffel. But this still didn’t beat the photos I would get when I climbed up the Eiffel Tower – and luckily this was next on our tour…
It was the most amazing thing I have ever done! We went up in the lift all the way to the second floor which gave me the opportunity to take the most amazing pictures of Paris. Then, as the queue was just horrendous for the lift, we walked down to the ground! Wow, that really got my calves working! It was all worth it though!
We started off by being picked up by a minivan for our tour in the Louvre! It was very exciting and slightly easier to follow the guide as we were with an Australian couple so there was no need to speak anything other than English! Phew! Although I have LOVED using my French this week!
When we were told that the Louvre is the biggest museum I wasn’t at all surprised! I think we must have walked 7 miles! The museum is separated into three areas: Gully, Richelieu and Denon which is the home to the Mona Lisa. The portrait is really small in real life!
We then walked from the Louvre, past Place de la Concorde and stopped off by the amazing pond just in between the two. We had a relaxing afternoon and -at my request- went to visit a few clothes shops on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées! The French certainly know how to dress!
We finished our visit to Paris with dinner on the river and I can’t describe how beautiful it was! The food was excellent and I felt very special! We arrived back at 11pm just in time to see the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkling as we docked.
During my time in France I have learnt some amazing facts but most importantly I have learnt that:
1. They love their Chupa Chups!
2. They seem to think that we Brits are extremely funny when we attempt to speak French.
3. And probably the most important, Paris is the most amazing and beautiful city I have ever seen. It contains some of the most incredible landmarks and you can visit most of them within 4 miles of each other!