Today was such a fun day! Brittany had a really hard time going to bed last night and didn’t fall asleep until 4:00 am and Callie must have been really tired because we didn’t wake up until 3 pm today… Brittany’s dad always says, “Listen to your body” so that’s what we did.
After we got up Callie decided to straighten her hair. Brittany brought her best investment in life and close friend “Chi” (her hair straightener) and it died shortly after Callie started using it. I guess something happened during the voltage conversion process; it started smelling funny and then stopped working. Rest in peace Chi, rest in peace.
After we got creative with our hair and got ready for the day, we ventured out to “Avenue Des Champs Elysees” which is a pretty popular street here. The metro put us right at the foot of “Arc de Triomphe Etoile” and it was amazing.
We walked around for a good while and rewarded ourselves with coffee from Starbuck’s. We then proceeded on down to Ave Montaigne, home of Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Prada… you name it, any famous designer you can think of has a store on this Avenue. We only charged a couple of things from these stores to the credit card. Our thought process was: 1. You only live once. 2. No, we better not. 3. You only live once and if we really do this, our parents will be the ones to end our lives. So we proceeded on to the Eiffel Tower instead.
On our way to Eiffel Tower, we spotted a rowdy group of guys speaking a language unknown to us. We tried to keep our distance, but they all bombarded us at once. We had heard to watch out for busy areas and people bumping into you because you are most likely to get your pocket picked in a situation like this. They were really excited to see us and we really didn’t really know what to do or say. They just started gathering around us and taking pictures and the only thing we could say to each other was “This is so awkward!” One of the guys was dressed like a priest and his friends wanted him to get a picture with us too. We think it was his bachelor party or something… It was one of the highlights of our day.
It was apparent when we reached the Eiffel Tower that everyone and their mom, dad, brother, sister and dog wanted to see it too. The lines to get to the top were out of control so we decided to sit in a grassy area below and admire the tower and people watch instead.
After we left the Eiffel Tower, we headed back towards our hostel. There is a park right across from our hostel that is showing movies each night at 22:30 (10:30pm) through mid-August for 2 Euro (about $3.50 USD), and they started last night. Last night was an old French film, so we decided to watch the movie that was showing tonight in English, Casino. This movie is older and stars Sharon Stone and Robert DeNiro. I guess we didn’t realize how cold it gets at night… we weren’t prepared and people could tell by looking at the dress that Callie was wearing. We didn’t really care for the movie or the fact that it was 3 hours long, but it was a fun experience.
Our class arrives tomorrow afternoon so we will meet up with them around 2:00 pm. Our hostel is allowing us to check out late for FREE. If you ever travel to Paris and are on a budget, we recommend “Hotel de Paris”.
Here is a video to recap our day. Thank you Callie.
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