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New Years in Paris

A good way to end 2012 and start 2013

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Holy Crap, it's 2013!!

I hope you all had a fun New Years Eve. Mine was definitely interesting, I'll talk about that later.

Yesterday was a very fun day! I hung out with Jake (from New Zealand) and Abi (from India) for pretty much the whole day. We started off by taking the metro to the Eiffel Tower. It was absolutely amazing!! I took way too many pictures of it. I got shivers when I saw it, it's just so beautiful. That was when it really felt like I was in Paris. Around the base of the Eiffel Tower there was a Christmas market (it may be there all year, but I'm not sure). We wandered around the market and got some lunch. We didn't go up the Eiffel Tower because the lineup was way too long. I'm going to try to go tomorrow because it will no longer be the holiday so hopefully the lineups won't be too long.

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We then got on the metro again and went to see the Arc de Triomphe, which was also beautiful. It was also interesting because the roundabout that goes around the Arc is 9 lanes wide, but it has no lines separating the lanes, so everyone just kind of drives around. Apparently there is an accident there every 17 minutes. We stood there for about 10 minutes just watching as the cars race around, nearly hitting other cars as they try to exit. It's kind of ridiculous. But the Arc was really cool! We wanted to go up to the top of it, but again, the line ups were way too long.

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One of the 12 streets that come off of the roundabout around the Arc is called Avenue Champs-Elysees, which is a very long street with lots of shops and thousands of tourists. We walked down the street, watched some street performers, got some Starbucks and relaxed a bit.

Our next stop was Notre Dame Cathedral. All we really did was take some pictures of it, and again, it is beautiful, and again, the lineups to go inside were way too long.

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After Notre Dame, we decided to head back to the hostel. By this point, I was nearly falling asleep on the metro. I had only gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before because of jet leg. So I decided to have a really long nap, otherwise I was not going to make it to midnight.

Now, for New Years Eve. This was by far the most interesting New Years Eve I've ever had. It was both amazing and horrible at the same time... It was amazing because I brought in the new year in Paris watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle. It was horrible because of the crowd. Trying to get to the Eiffel Tower was a nightmare. The Metro was so full, yet people kept on packing themselves in. Fights kept on breaking out on the packed trains. When we got to the stop at the Eiffel Tower, the tunnels leading from the metro to the surface was so packed that you were just pushed along by the crowd. Once we got outside it was fine, we found a spot and watched the Eiffel Tower as we brought in the new year. Then getting back was even worse! It should have only taken us 30 minutes, but it took us 2 hours! The police had closed down the station closest to the Eiffel Tower and was telling everyone to go to the next one. So we walked to the next one, which turned out to be closed as well. We then had to walk to a station on a different line, cram ourselves into the train, get off at another station, transfer to another line, get off at a station, and transfer again to another line, and then finally we were near our hostel. The trains were so crowded it was ridiculous. Also, guys in Paris are a lot more touchy than in Vancouver. I don't think I have every had my ass squeezed so many times in my life, it was disgusting. By the time we got home, it was nearly 3am, I felt gross and violated from being so close to so many people in the trains, plus I was wet because it was raining, so I went to sleep.

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Luckily I got a nice 6 hour sleep last night, and this morning I woke up today feeling good. I met another guy from New Zealand, Henry, and we went to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, which is at the top of a big hill and has amazing views of the city. We then walked around the town for a bit and saw such beautiful architecture! I love all the buildings in Paris, they are all just so amazing.

So that's all for now. I have done so much walking the past 2 days! I'm tired and need to have a nap. Tomorrow I will be going to a Chocolate Museum with an American girl named Ariel to learn about the 4000 years history of Chocolate. I then want to try to go up the Eiffel Tower, hopefully the lines won't be too long.

  • *Update**

On my late day I did the walking tour of Paris with Ariel, which as amazing! I should have done it the first day because the guide told us all this stuff that we have to do in Paris and i didn't have time!! Now I have to go back to Paris at some point haha :) On the tour we saw the outside of the louvre and learned some very interesting history about different buildings and bridges.

Ariel and I also went to the Chocolate Museum, which as awesome! I had no idea the kind of history it had! Plus, the tasters were great haha It is horrible that I was in Paris and the only museum I went to was the Chocolate Museum? In my defence, I wanted to do other museums, but because I was there over the holidays, the lineups were ridiculously long! Again, I will have to go back to Paris :D

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I'm guessing most people reading this are my friends on facebook. I have been posting pictures every day on Facebook, so go there to check them out. I'm still working on trying to upload them here, my ipad just doesn't want to do it for some reason. **I can now upload pictures, so disregard that last part.

Bye for now!

Jess

Posted by Jess McElroy 07:11 Archived in France

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