|Arc de Triomphe|
Our first morning in Paris we went to Mass at Notre Dame! What a thing to do on your first full day in Paris! We spent a half hour before mass walking around the Cathedral and looking at the incredible beauty within! When mass started we found out it was an international mass, the gospel was said in three different languages including English! It has been awhile since I heard even part of mass said in English! The organ playing was simply outstanding as well! When mass was finished, we went to this Moroccan restaurant where we had one of the best meals I have ever had! We were severed several platters that had a mix of meats, vegetables, and couscous. To end lunch, we had these fascinating desserts with an excellent mint tea! I was struggling with a minor cold at the time and this tea was just what I needed!
|The Eternal Flame under the Arc|
|The Eiffel Tower at 23h00|
One night after we were finished with our academic activities, we had some free time to explore Paris! A few us decided to go see the Eiffel Tower at night and take the elevator up to the top! This was one of my favorite activities! The sight from the top was absolutely breath taking as we saw all of Paris lit up! The wait was about 45 minutes to get up to the top, but was completely worth it! After we took the elevator back down, we walked a distance to see the the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour! This was really cool, especially since I didn't know it did that! I had a great time in Paris! I hope to return to Paris again to see more of the Louvre and visit the Palace of Versailles just outside of the city! What an unforgettable time!