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From Paris with Love – Backpack France, Switzerland & Italy

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Bonjour and welcome to our blog!

We have had quite an action-packed time in Paris so far. Our very first night in the city involved a nice walk up the Eiffel Tower to see the spectacular view. Congratulations to Jake S. and Rachel who were one of the first to make it to the summit. Spencer did a great job at conquering the height of the Eiffel Tower and made it up to the second highest level with the rest of the group!

On Day Two, we strapped on our helmets and biked through the city like true Parisians with a guided tour run by our lovely guides Alex (originally from England) and Aaron (originally from New Zealand)! More personal obstacles were conquered here, as Stephanie was determined to fine-tune her biking skills and never gave up riding! Matt stayed attentive to the rules of the road and took excellent initiative by reminding the crew to “Keep to the right!” when riding along the city streets. When waiting for one of the streetlights to turn, we noticed a film being shot at a corner café and a few of the girls realized that one of the actors was Mike from Desperate Housewives! Some pictures were quickly snapped and we set off again to learn more historical facts about the city. Jamie scored 10 points from tour guide Alex for knowing all about the background facts of gargoyles. We stopped for some treats at the most popular boulangerie in the city, where Ethan was the first to happily devour what he claimed was the best strawberry tart he’s ever had! Jordana has most definitely put her French-speaking abilities to great use this week and never hesitates to help in conversation with local café staff and teach us useful phrases!

The next day was our trip to Versailles, and Paulina proclaimed how excited she was to connect what she already knew about the French Revolution, to the real thing! In the afternoon, we visited Montmartre, where Jake F, Mitchell, Melissa, Lara, and Stephanie chose to climb the many stairs while others took the handy funicular to the top. The group had time to explore this picturesque art district, and Sophie F., Sophie H., Cindy, and Staci had beautiful self-portraits drawn by the very talented street artists at Montmartre!

On our Saturday tour of the Musée du Louvre, Jake F. impressed our tour guide Julian by naming the Renaissance “ninja turtles,” aka the four famous Renaissance artists, in a quick pop quiz. Our dinner and night activity included great fun and laughs at a karaoke restaurant, where Elana and Courtney jumped on stage and started off the night with their powerful rendition of Avril Lavigne’s “My Happy Ending.” Mike and Mitchell later followed with a hilarious but quite impressive production of Eminem’s “Just Lose It.” Looks like we’ve got ourselves some rappers in this group! Lauryn and Megan also felt inspired to get up on stage with the rest of the girls and serenade the restaurant with some very classic Spice Girls tunes. Jimmy took wonderful initiative and asked others for song preferences and successfully organized the final group performance with everyone on stage!

After one more day left here in Paris, we look forward to arriving to Tignes and sending you more eventful news soon!

Au revoir,

The Westcoast Blogger