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Livin’ like the locals June 9, 2013

Posted by vpalavi in Travel Log.
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Not only two days spent in Paris, but so many memories made. As our train arrived at Gare de Paris Est, the mood and atmosphere changed from what the Metz train station was like. People looked like there were in a hurry, even at 11:00 pm. There were policemen and the military with guns pointed in every direction that scared the living daylights out of me.

The culture in each city is so different in Europe. Each city has its own history, traditions, and style of living. We got to spend the weekend with my friend’s cousins. They lived in a nice condo style apartment: 4 bedrooms, a nice kitchen, and a huge living room. After settling into the apartment, we had decided to go roam the nightlife of Paris. Everywhere we went, we saw crepe shops. Crepes are so delicious!

Paris apartment we stayed at for two nights.
Paris apartment we stayed at for two nights.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower

The next morning we got lost in Paris. They say the best way to tour a city is to get lost in it. That’s exactly what we did. Walking around the city trying to find our way was so refreshing. We had walked to Champs Elyse, Arch de Triumph, and the gardens. In the evening, we had gone back to dinner with the cousins. They had made us scallops and rice with shrimp guacamole. At night we went to the Eiffel Tower. The most beautiful sight—even though, I didn’t think it was that tall, I thought it was gorgeous at night.

Shrimp appetizers
Shrimp appetizers

We were living like the locals. They had taken us through the city and shown us all the highlights. Where they went to have a fun time, different cafes they would go to work.

Made crepes with Nina!
Made crepes with Nina!

We were living like the locals. They had taken us through the city and shown us all the highlights. Where they went to have a fun time, different cafes they would go to work. Sunday morning, we got in for free into the Louvre and spent several hours gazing at the amazing artwork that had so much history and stories behind them all. We saw the Mona Lisa. She’s doing well. She’s just chillin’ by herself in the middle of a big room taking up as little space as possible.  We made our way to the more posh neighborhood called La Marie. These streets had little stores and shops that were very pricey. We had lunch there, and I ended up spending 18 Euros for falafel. Yes, it was pricey, but it was the best falafal I have every tried.

This sums up my weekend in Paris. Good food, awesome history, and a great time with friends!

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