Wednesday was Meaghan’s birthday, her 21st birthday to be more specific. That made the day super special and everyone knew it. Meaghan also has a twin brother, he’s in Virginia, on EST, therefore she turned 21 six hours earlier! There are actually several of us having birthdays over here so it’ll be fun!

Contemporary France was a movie day today. I fully believe that French films are hit or miss, they’re either super good or super weird/bad. This one was super weird. It had no plot and no real ending, we all pretty much just laughed and made fun of it the whole time as this girl looked for her lost cat all over Paris. The cat ended up being behind the stove for 12 days. I’m not kidding.

Between classes Meaghan, Katie and I did our reading for the next day’s Contemporary France class and learned just how many political parties France has. We already knew that the political system is extremely complicated. I don’t know how anyone here can be an informed voter! There’s too much information!

Instead of actually eating lunch us girls just walked around and did some more window shopping. Because it was Meaghan’s day we went where ever she wanted. We ended up going in several stores and trying a few things on but nobody actually bought anything. Actually, that’s a lie. I bought an umbrella because this weekend is supposed to be cold and rainy. Super.

After lunch we had Impressionism and it was so cool today. We learned about how Japanese art influenced the early Impressionists and how that helped set them apart. I never knew that happened but looking at the two together I can so see it. It was awesome! So many things make so much more sense now! I just love that class more and more every day!

When class was over it was time to have some fun for the birthday girl. Katie bought a couple bottles of wine and we borrowed a wine opener from the shop owner. He was super nice and helpful, I think his establishment will be the store of choice for the next 6 weeks. We then hopped on the Metro and headed to Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried.

That place is pretty awesome, it has its own moat (except there’s no water anymore, just grass). We took some pictures there. Besides our usual 6, we had a newcomer, Martin (a frat guy from MN with many layers). The church at Les Invalides was beautiful, the natural light was perfect for pictures! Afterwards we headed towards the actual tomb but discovered the ticket office closed at 5:30 and it was 5:34. I thought Harrison was going to cry.

Les Invalides

Les Invalides

Yep, those are canons guarding the moat.

Yep, those are canons guarding the moat.

The entrance, the flag was at half staff in honor of the passengers of the lost AirFrance flight.

The entrance, the flag was at half staff in honor of the passengers of the lost AirFrance flight.

Who could that be? Maybe Napoleon? It is his tomb after all.

Who could that be? Maybe Napoleon? It is his tomb after all.

Beautiful natural light on a beautiful old organ.

Beautiful natural light on a beautiful old organ.

After that we walked to the Eiffel Tower, very close, to drink our wine in the grass there before Jaclyn and I had to go home for dinner. It was very surreal, sitting in the grass drinking wine out of plastic cups, but it was a lot of fun. I’m really happy we could make Meaghan’s birthday in Paris a little better.

Jaclyn and I were really worried we were going to be late for dinner but all was good. Dinner was fun, it was another great family affair. After dinner we watched the news and Jaclyn and I helped Flore write a cover letter and format her resume for an American job application. Very impressive! I’ll be very surprised if she doesn’t get it.

Just one more day of class this week!

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