5:30pm on Saturday 30th of July, the day after my 18th birthday, was one of the most exciting and scariest moments of my life so far. My best friend and I were all set and ready to depart for Paris, our first stop on our highly anticipated trip around Europe for a month during our 2012 summer break. As we travelled by Megabus (CHEAP AS CHIPS) 14 hours later we arrived in the middle of nowhere in Paris at 7:30AM!
Regardless, we were definitely the happiest 18 year olds in the world. We had booked to stay at St. Christopher's Hostel now the only task was to locate this hostel. We used our initiative and started walking. Half an hour later and feeling like we had made no progress we stumbled across the infamous Arc de Triumph, that was one ticked off the list already!
July 1st, 2012
|Arc de Triumph, Paris|
Arriving at the hostel, free breakfast was provided straight away, dumping our bags in the locker room we rushed up to breakfast. An outgoing Canadian girl named Rebecca sat down with us and started chatting away which then led us to meeting our AUSSIE BOYS. They seemed pretty hungover after a heavy night however Kate and I had been sat on a coach for 15 hours so we didn't exactly look glamorous ourselves, we later learnt that it is impossible to look glamorous whilst back packing! Buzzing to get out there into one of the most beautiful cities in the world we agreed to meet up later and ran off to explore!
First stop was the Notre Dame!
Notre Dame de Paris is French for ''Our Lady of Paris'', also known as the Notre Dame Cathedral is a historic Roman Catholic Marian cathedral in the easter half of the Ile de la Cite in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. It is widely considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well known churches in the world ever built. It is one of the most beauiful and breath taking cathedrals I have ever seen! As the sun was shining and we were both still grinning from ear to ear we decided to sit down for a while and just people watch, taking in the breathless scenery.
|Kate chilling in the sunshine outside the Notre Dame|
Heading to Musée du Louvre we followed the map along the Seine river, crossing at Pont Neuf,our favourite bride in the whole wide world! The Musée du Louvre is the world's most visited art museum, one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. As it was a Sunday, entry to the museum was free which, yes you might think is great, however NO it is not so great as you then have to queue for 2 hours to get in! We kept ourselves occupied taking typical tourist pictures.
|Waiting in the queue, took approximately 6253 attempts to get this right|
Eventually we got in and the first place we headed was the cafe as we were starving! We then wandered around for a while not really knowing what we were looking at until we decided to hunt down Mona Lisa (OUR LASS MONA). The Mona Lisa is a half-length potrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which had been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world."
|This is the best picture I could get due to the animals (masses of people) fighting to get closer our dear Mona.|
Kate very nearly got victimised by the gypsies out on the bridges of the Siene river however I was there to save her and instruct her on GYPSY SPOTTING she is now an absolute pro! No fear now, the gypsies aren't near! We found the cuuuuutest most delicious restaurant ever and sat down in the gleaming sun to have a typical French lunch.
Moving on to the last place we wanted to see that day: The Eiffel Tower!
|Kate and I at The Eiffel Tower|
We headed back to St Christopher's hostel, which was absolutely jam packed due to the final of the Euro 2012 football! Squeezing past all the old local french sweaty men we found a little table in the corner and ordered some nachos, after not being impressed by the nachos AT ALL we thought we would just head back up to our room and catch some sleep. But NO that is not what you do when travelling! Bumping into to the Aussie boys, we got drinking and the rest of the night is a mystery as neither of us can remember much.
Forcing ourselves out of bed we tried to eat something and got going to explore Paris a little further, one of our friends Tom came with us whilst the others slept their hangovers off. Me and Kate being wonderful tour guides we took Tom to Le Lourve and chilled in the Gardens. We then got lost and ended up starving, cold, lost, and not very happy at all. We went to the train station so Kate and I could book a train to Berlin for that night, well that didn't work out did it? There was A TRAIN STRIKE - there was no way in which me and Kate could leave Paris on a train anytime soon. Basically we were stuck in Paris, but that's cool we'll just book an extra night at St. Christophers right? NO it is fully booked. Kate started to panic. Oh dear. This was not a good start. Luckily our Aussie boys literally saved our lives and let us stay with them that night, we booked a flight to Prague the next day and decided to go out to a lovely meal at a Vietnamese restaurant down the road. Our baby Mike educated us on the cuisine and we all enjoyed a gorgeous tasty meal.
July 3rd, 2012
We chilled at the hostel for a while until it was time for me and Kate to hit the airport. It was time for some sad goodbyes to our AUSSIE BOYS who literally saved our BUTTS and become our best friends in Paris! Hugs and kisses, take cares and see you again hopefully, Kate and I trotted off heading for Charles de Gaulle International Airport. I must say that I did not see the sky on that plane, I sat in my seat and fell asleep instantly and then woke up the minute before we landed. We arrived in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, the rain was pouring and we were lost.