Good morning Paris. Nico kept us late so we didn't get out of bed until . Showers and a quick breakfast and we hit the mean streets. Yesterday was 72 degrees and gorgeous. Today is 58 degrees amd windy. Not a fun combination. Our goal for today is to see Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. From Nico's flat, it is a 30 minute walk to Notre Dame. I first got the bug to see this cathedral in the 6th grade. We had a group project to build a model of Notre öDame and do a presentation. I thought it was so cool! On the way there we saw probably 30 jewelry shops and just as many hand bag stores; all on the same street! I think maybe it would be better to be a girl in Paris. The cathedral is much more crowded by the surrounding buildings than I expected. It doesn't dimish the magnificance of the building though. The ornate and intricate carvings all over are honestly mind blowing. How in the world did they think doing all that was a good idea? Looks like a nightmare project to me. No wonder it took so long. But it truly is very cool and you really need to take it in with your own eyes.
Walking down the streets to the Eiffel Tower, I soon realized that nearly every building is picture worthy. There are statues and carvings and cool designs everywhere. Every block had some cool building or monument. The cold wind was definitely hampering our enjoyment, so we hurried on towards the tower. My first impression was that the tower is much bigger in person than I thought it would be. I hate to say the following, but it's what I was feeling. I wasn't particularly impacted by the tower emotionally as nearly everything in Ireland had impacted me. That being said, it was still really cool. By now Casey and I ha w alked 10 miles. Days and days of walking really had caught up to us now. We took several pictures and then found the Metro back to Nico's. For lunch we did something fun. We each got a baguette, cheese, and a drink and sat along the St. Mark's Canal. The su decided to be out and warm our bones. A very pleasant picnic. Paris has partly been our city of rest. We came back to the flat and had a video call withour parents, which was great, and then we crashed out for two hours. After we woke, Nico came home with quiche. He had had a long day, but not so long that he refrained from a discussion on the differences of approaching women in our respective countries. He said it seems easy for Americans to approach girls, but in France it is much more difficult. After talking more, I determined it to be a fairly similar situation in both countries. Good guys have a hard time approaching girls and bad guys give us all a bad name.
Nico took us on a little night tour of Paris in his car which was great. We went to the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. It sits on a hill in overlooking the city. Paris by day is nice, Paris by night is spectacular. From there we watched the Eiffel Tower do its dazzling light show. 80,000 lights all over the tower flash for five minutes. It makes the whole thing shimmer. It's really pretty. He drove us from there down the Champs Elyees and the Arc De Triumph. (spelling?) Finally we made it back home at 1am. Nico kept us up late until 2 again! Tomorrow is the Louvre.