I have lots of pictures from Paris, but I can't upload them all so here are some of my favorites.
Last week we began our 8 hour bus journey to Paris! First we stopped at some World War I grave sites from class.
There are still active mines said to be in the area so we were warned not to wander off the path. That really woke us up at 8:30 am in the morning. However, I couldn't help but notice all the sheep in the area that were walking around perfectly unharmed. I was secretly waiting for one of them to step on a mine but it never happened...
Then we headed to Notre Dame de Lorette, which is the largest French military cemetery in the world. There are over 40,000 bodies buried here. Almost all of the remains are casualties of the First World War
Then we went to the Cabaret Rouge British cemetery. The cemetery contains 7,655 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, more than half of them unidentified.
Then we went to Neuville-Saint-Vaast German Military Cemetery “La Maison Blanche” Neuville-Saint-Vaast German cemetery is the largest German military cemetery in France for casualties of the First World War. There are 44,833 German casualties from the 1914-1918 war buried here
Lastly, the site of the Battle of Somme where nearly 20,000 soldiers died in a single day! The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,195 missing British and South African servicemen, who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave.
All of these graves made me understand the magnitude to the death losses of World War I and how terrible war is. Thank you to all of these soldiers who sacrificed their life for the freedom of so many.
But this post is not supposed to be a depressing one, this was just the beginning and educational part of our trip. Later that day we arrived at our hotel which was only a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower! So, of course I had to go there first thing, which I did.
And of course I had to get pictures at night!
The next day me and a few of the guys went all around Paris. We met up with our friend Jason, who we had previously met on the London Eye in February. He is from Massachusetts but is studying in Edinburgh, Scotland.
We stumbled upon the fanciest Abercrombie and Fitch store you have ever seen! There was a gold gated entrance with a security guard, and then you had to walk through a tree-lined pebbled pathway to go through the small garden to get to the gold and silver mirrored door to go past another store worker to get inside to see 4 floors of clothes. Did I miss anything?
See that tall black building in the image above? Well, that was our final destination. The top of Paris at sunset.
The next day we walked, A LOT and went to the Love Lock Bridge, Notre dame cathedral, and the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa.
After the Notre dame cathedral, we headed to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
I'm not sure what was more entertaining, seeing the Mona Lisa, or everyone crowded around it.
That night, a group of us went out for a nice dinner at a restaurant. We had to wait an hour but I got to eat a snail and duck. It was delicious. Afterwards, there was still one more angle of the Eiffel that I wanted to get. I scrambled to setup my camera just in time before the midnight sparkle show began. Then bam! I got the money shot I wanted!
And in a nutshell, that was my trip to Paris. A truly incredible trip.