We started the day with a bus tour of Paris. We saw the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Louvre while on our bus tour.
We had a long break at the Eiffel Tower so we could get out and take pictures. The Eiffel Tower was spectacular and blew me away.
After the bus tour we got back on the bus and went to Versailles. The gardens there were astonishing. I kept wondering how do they keep these gardens so beautiful all the time.
After seeing the beautiful gardens we went in to the Palace of Versailles. Wow, it was the largest palace I have ever seen. The art and architecture throughout Versailles was impressive even for our time period, but when it was built a few hundred years ago it must have been the craziest thing ever.
While in Versailles we grabbed some lunch and then were on our way back into the city of Paris.
We got to go in the Cathedral of Notre Dame which has vivid stained-glass portraits of scenes from the Bible.
After, we had about an hour of free time to pick up souvenirs or get a little snack. Then we were off to dinner. We had pizza (the French version). It had an extremely thin crust and less sauce than an American pizza.
We then went to the top of the Montparnasse Tower which gave the best view of Paris. The building was almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. It had a glass observation deck where we could watch as the sun set over Paris. It was like a little kid in a candy store just bursting with excitement. It was perfect, we got there around 9 p.m., which is when the sun sets in Paris. I enjoyed just sitting and watching the sun set.
All and all everyone had a fabulous day, but we were pretty excited after the train ride which took us back to our hotel.
--Elizabeth Mitchell class of 2017