Friday started off with a trip to Park Monceau for Katie, Meaghan and I. Harrison, Andres and Jaclyn had to go into class because their class was cancelled on Tuesday. As usual the other girls ran while I did some sketching. I’m fairly happy with how the rose I did turned out but next time no flowers. I need to diversify.

After that the other two went home to shower and went home to trade in my sketch book for my camera and then it was off to IES to meet the others, but Meaghan didn’t come because she had things to do before the ballet she was going to. The first order of business was lunch, we decided on the university cafeteria and Martin tagged along, that made things interesting. Lets just say he has very strong opinions that aren’t always what everyone else would think and he likes to express them.

The original plan was to go to the catacombs after lunch but we decided to scrap that because it costs money and was something we could do between classes some day. Instead we set off on another walking tour from Katie’s book. This one took us through historical areas from the Revolution.

We saw the church St. Germain and learned that over 200 killings took place right in front of it in a three day period during the Revolution. After that the tour was supposed to take us to several historical buildings but we couldn’t find them because the book sucked. We did learn that the area used to be the book center of Paris but then the rent got too high and companies like Christian Dior bought out the buildings from the bookstores. Sad.

L'eglise St. Germain (Church of St. Germain)

L'eglise St. Germain (Church of St. Germain)

Inside the church

Inside the church

Prayer candles inside the church

Prayer candles inside the church

The Chrisitan Dior store that replaced one of the most famous bookstores/publishing houses in Paris

The Chrisitan Dior store that replaced one of the most famous bookstores/publishing houses in Paris

We did find one bookstore so of course we had to go in. I’ve been searching for a copy of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” in French ever since I got here and I thought this store looked like a good place to find it. They didn’t have it but they were really helpful and gave me the exact title in translation and  the shop wasn’t a total bust because I found some books by my favorite author, Italo Calvino, in French! I’m super excited about them!

After that we headed to Sacre Couer. It was incredible! Jaclyn was already at the top so we climbed up there to meet her. Let me tell you, that’s a lot of steps! I’d like to see Sylvester Stallone run up them in victory! The view from the top was incredible, all of Paris was laid out before us! Inside the church was gorgeous too. I’d love to show you pictures of that but pictures inside the church are forbidden so I respected that rule.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

This street preformer was insane! He didn't so much preform in the street as he did on a light pole above the city!

This street preformer was insane! He didn't so much preform in the street as he did on a light pole above the city!

The view from the top of the Sacre Coeur

The view from the top of the Sacre Coeur

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After Sacre Couer we walked the grounds and found a pretty garden that gave a great view of the back of the church, sweet! Then we headed back down to the main street level. Harrison had dinner with his family so the rest of us headed off to find dinner. Somehow we wound up back in the Latin Quarter. Go figure.

Andres found a Hispanic restaurant so we gave it a try. It wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t great either. I was happy to finally have some spicy food again though.

From there we decided to get some wine and go hang out on Le Pont des Beaux Arts, a bridge across the Seine just for people where it is common for groups to just hang-out and enjoy a drink and the view of the river and the Eiffel Tower. When buying the wine I saw one that was a Greek wine and thought it sounded interesting so we got it. Big mistake. It was the last bottle we opened and while I opened it perfectly, it tasted like a Christmas tree. It was horrible! Needless to say it did not get finished. We tossed it and called it a night. That bridge is awesome though and I think we shall be hanging out there some more. The view of Paris at night with the river and the lights was just perfect!

The view of Paris at night from the Pont des Arts on the Seine river

The view of Paris at night from the Pont des Arts on the Seine river

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