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Dreams do come true!! (PARIS)

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Where does a girl began when talking about an experience she dreamt about her whole life??? Well let me tell you, Its quite hard! but if I had  to choose a starting point, I guess I will begin by talking about my initial culture shock.

Upon arriving to Paris the first thing I noticed was the amount of “dark skinned” people, and not just this, but the amount of them occupied professional roles! (crazy that I was surprised by this, says a lot huh?!)

This came as a shock for me, especially coming from Barcelona where there are not many people who look like me. Also a lot of the “dark skinned” people in Barcelona are African immigrants;  most of the men lack proper employment, and a lot of the women use prostitution as a source of income.  More on this topic will have to be discussed in a different blog entry, but for now back to culture shock!

Another surprising experience was the language; Catalan or Castellano no longer was around, instead French consumed the entire atmosphere!! Sheesh I thought my struggles in Barcelona with my broken Spanish was bad,  but nothing compared to the struggles I faced while being in France! (I KNOW ZERO FRENCH, and Bonjour doesn’t count!)

Anyhow after me and my two friends Yulia and Meagan arrived to Paris’s airport we immediately began to search how we were getting to our hostal  (side note: when I say “we” I mean them!  while the girls figured out  our transportation, I sat in awe as I couldn’t believe that I actually made it to Paris)

After a couple  of hours we finally made it to our hostal;  immediately we placed our things down, flopped on the bed, and then realized OH WAIT WE’RE IN PARIS!!

The girls and I decided to first freshen up  and then make our way to the Louvre Museum!  Family and friends if you decide to go to  any Museum  in your life, I would recommend this one! I don’t know what was more exciting, the fact that the infrastructure was absolutely astounding or being able to hang out with Mona Lisa! It was insanely amazing!!

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After spending nearly most of our day at the Louvre (we didn’t even come close to seeing the whole Museum, that place was freakishly humongous) it was only right to make our way to the MAIN ATTRACTION, drum roll please……….Yes the Eifel tower!!!!!  No picture compares to seeing it in person, especially at night when the whole tower was lite up!!! I may/may have not dropped a tear  or two when I found myself standing within inches of this exquisite infrastructure!  

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Only about A BAGILLION pictures later we then decided to finally indulge on a classic French cuisine (due to Paris being a crazy expensive place we settled on Pasta, not really French, but it sure did hit the spot!)

Later that night we decided to further explore the town! ; what started out as casual walk around our area and admiring the beauty of Paris,  turned into one unforgettable night!  Lets just say the stereotype that French people don’t like Americans is false, I now have eight new friends!!

 

Day two….. 

The next day we had high hopes of waking up early to be out no later than 9am (HA that didn’t happen we took our sweet little time, we ended up leaving our hostal by 11am).   Saturday was a big day, there was a lot on our agenda!  We quickly grabbed breakfast at the CUTEST café near our hostal that immediately became our “hot spot” for food! (lovely prices,  great Croissants, and crepes)

 

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We then headed towards the Eifel tower, but this time during the day! I got the chance to walk up the tower, and despite my feet killing me I was extremely geeked!! 

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The rest of the day consisted  of more walking around, which I really enjoyed; in my opinion its the best way to see a new city!

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Later we grabbed dinner and then decided to end our night with Notre Dame!  Seemed to be the best decision!

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(A splendid way to end day two!)

Day three…….

Such a bittersweet day, due to us having to leave by 5pm! Anyhow we decided to actually get up early and visit the last few tourist sites before we had to say goodbye!!

It wouldn’t be a proper visit to Paris without stopping at the LOVE aka lock bridge, the famous FASHION street Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and Moulin Rouge (though I didn’t go in, I still got to check this one off my bucket list).

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Overall Paris was absolutely amazing, I am still in disbelief that I was actually there; I truly feel blessed, and want to give a special shout out to my mom for being my number one supporter

It was hard to say goodbye!!!!

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