There’s nothing like Paris early in the morning! On Saturday morning we headed for the Arc du Triomphe first thing, and took some time to explore the area with a scavenger hunt designed especially for our trip members. Carly and her team got some amazing pictures while searching for multicoloured macarons, and the best moustaches in the city. Afterwards we made the trek up the Arc for a gorgeous view of the city by day. With that bit of exercise we were ready for the most famous street in Paris, the Champs Elysées, where we relaxed in al fresco cafes while people-watching.
In the afternoon it was time to visit one the most notable cultural institutions of Paris, the Louvre. We saw the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the breathtaking Winged Victory of Samothrace. Everyone was able to go on a guided tour where guides led us through key exhibits and told us some of the great and terrible stories behind the beautiful pieces of art in the museum.
This day was filled with such fantastic cultural and historical locations, but we still had more in store as we headed to the artsy and eclectic area of Montmartre. We split into small groups to better experience the many restaurants in the area, and there were people everywhere sitting with families, hanging out with friends, along with many local artists. Hanna and Alyssa watched a football street performer with amazing footwork skills outside the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur, and Alyson caught a Capoeira performance with trip leader Nicole and director Matt. We drove by the original Moulin Rouge cabaret on the way home, and then ended the night with some down time to hang out with friends at the hotel.
We saved the best for our last full day in Paris, and in the morning headed for the most recognizable monument in the city, the EiffelTower. The view was spectacular, and we got a ton of great pictures of the cityscape, but we had so much left to see in Paris! We made the most of our last day, and strolled along the market on Rue Cler for lunch and shopping, strolled by Napoleon’s Tomb, and made paid a visit to the Rodin museum, where Robert, Jordan and Eduardo stuck some great Thinker poses.
After we stopped by the hotel to freshen up, it was time to visit the Pompidou Center and sights around this modern gallery and public space. Dani and Lorin found a great vintage clothing shop right by the gallery, and Hanna and Alyssa toured the area and mingled with some locals. We had dinner in the area at Rive Droite, and the desserts of crepes and apple tarts were some of the best we’ve had in the city. This was also our stop for some karaoke, and everyone was racing to get on stage. Eric, Harrison, Brandon H, Matthew, Jared, Justin, did a dramatic number to No Air, and Baylee, Sophie, Amanda, and Lily were awesome back up singers for Eliana as she led the crowd in singing Wonderwall. Everyone got into it, and it was just as fun to stand with Alex and Alison and cheer on all our brave singers! This was the perfect end to our stay in Paris, and we are so looking forward to our next stop in Annecy.
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