Nice To Meet You Mona

Bumped into a girl, her name was Mona….Mona Lisa -Slick Rick

Our last day in Paris was interesting to say the least. We went to a café which served salted crepes and eggs. I forgot to tell them to over cook my eggs and couldn’t enjoy my meal because it was too raw. Unbeknownst to me a bunch of gypsies sitting in front of us were plotting to rob us. I had no idea that those were their intentions as I took a picture of them in awe of how cool and french they looked. The owners of the restaurant eventually chased them off their property. Darn Gypsies.   kydee williams

We decided to walk back to the Love Lock bridge one last time to make our mark. Love was in the air. That’s the awesome thing about Paris, it rejuvenated my spirit of love. Europeans are so passionate about their significant others and they can kiss for hours on end…in public! KydeeTravel IMG_2399 Kydee Williams

Finally the last thing left to do was to actually go inside of the Louvre. We didn’t make it to Musee D’Orsay which was disappointing, but gave me even more motivation to return to Paris as soon as I could. The Louvre museum is so grand. It was impossible to get through the whole museum unless you spend a day there which is something I would love to do next time I’m in Paris.
Kydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsWe headed straight to the Mona Lisa. She was extremely small, but that’s what everyone says about her. I wanted to learn more about Mona, why was she such a big deal?

Mona Lisa #selfie with MONAThree Facts about Mona Lisa

  1. Her name is Lisa Del Giocondo
  2. The actual spelling of the painting is Monna Lisa (spelled correctly in the Louvre)
  3. She was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 by an Italian extremist and employee at the Louvre

The Louvre museum is filled with art work from all over the world. We got through American, Italian, Medieval and Egyptian art before the whole experience became tiresome.

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Ky’s Verdict: Paris for an American girl is absolutely a dream come true. It’s magnificent and contrary to popular belief the French are very nice people. The consistency of the buildings and architecture in Paris made things so handsome.The chateau’s and long windows are tres beau! I loved how peaceful this city felt. Everything seemed so easy going and lovely.

Ky’s Tips:

  • Go into Paris knowing basic words in French. If you make an effort the French will be more nice and comfortable because you are trying.
  • Be alert at all times. Carry purses that are harder to get into if someone does try to steal from you, you can at least feel it and react.

To Paris With Love

Now we out in Paris, yeah we perriering” -Big Sean

Things left to do in Paris

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre
  • People Watch
  • Musee D’Orsay
  • Seine River

Our list of things we had left to do in Paris wasn’t impossible, but it was Sunday and a lot of places were closed. We started our day with a nice brunch at a café by our hotel. We had crepes, omelets and baguettes. I loved how the locals walked around with pain (bread) and baguettes like it was an accessory. One of the things I enjoyed doing in Paris was people watch. There were so many happy and fabulously dressed people to see and the Europeans just loved to sing in the streets Tres Magnifique!Kydee WilliamsAfter brunch we walked towards the Seine River and discovered the Love Lock Bridge. We took pictures and celebrated all the love that was in the air. Couples kissing here, a group of friends putting a lock on the bridge over there and then it was us, trying to recreate Beyonce’s XO video…(don’t ask).

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Click to watch our horrific XO by Beyonce reenactment

The Eiffel Tower was marvelous. There were a lot of people who had the same picnic plan as us, so it was quite crowded with tourists and the likes. Everyone was in such great spirits as we ate Nutella crepes and took pictures with Miss Eiffel.Kydee WilliamsKydee Williams
Kydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsWe proceeded to walk along the Seine River which was close by. The walk was serene and eye-opening. Parisienne people loved their bottles of wine. I watched as the locals walked, jogged and played along the river, a bit envious that Paris was a place they could call home, while I had a clicking clock whose time was almost up. I too found peace on the Seine. Kydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsKydee Williams

Kydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsThat night, we had dinner at a cute restaurant by our hotel. The waiter was hilarious. He was super charming and allowed us to drink our own bottles of wine. We laughed the night away, embracing French culture to its fullest.

Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee WilliamsAfter dinner, we decided to take the bus back to the Eiffel Tower. It was definitely more gorgeous at night. We had a blast, although we encountered rats in the area…yuck.

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The clock stroke one, which meant the final light show of the night was on the way and let me just say, it was enchanting. We sang Drunk in Love by Beyonce as the locals sang with us. We also made videos of our wacky wine night until it got too late and was getting too creepy. Two guys started following us by the Seine so we naturally ran for our lives. Once we got back to a safe zone, we took a cab back to the hotel. Oh quelle nuit!

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Oh Paris, how I love thee!

Excuse my french but i’m in France- Kanye West

Paris is everything and more, Ahhhh! I could barely contain my excitement. Once we got off the Eurostar we needed to catch the 1 train going to Louvre-Rivoli, which meant we had to transfer trains with all our bags (the horror). Anyway, the train ride from Gare Du Nord wasn’t that bad and once we got out of the station, our hotel was literally one block away.

Kydee Williams Kydee williamsI will never forget that feeling of walking onto the streets of Paris. It was absolutely stunning and everything I’d ever dreamed of. We got dressed in our “Paris outfits” and headed across the street to the Louvre.

Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee WilliamsThe Louvre was absolutely breathtaking and I don’t believe I have the words that will do this museum any justice. It’s so vast and beautiful.

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Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee WilliamsKydee WilliamsWe headed back to the hotel to get our jackets because it was getting chilly and took the metro to Champs Elysees. This boulevard was beautiful. Decked in striking lights, lively people and amazing shops, I was so excited to finally be on the avenue that I learned about for years in French class.

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IMG_2090Aux Champs Elysee was the hymn my French teacher would sing to us and I couldn’t get it out of my head. You know when you make up your own words to a song because you have no idea what the artist is saying? Well I did that for years and recently googled the actual lyrics…what kind of song was this?

Aux Champs Elysees

Aux Champs Elysees

Y a d’la cocaine

Des prostituees

Et de l’herorine a bon marche

Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux champs elysees

Kydee WilliamsWe found a cute restaurant and experienced french food at its best. I had Smoked Salmon Pasta which was tres magnifique. We finally got to the end of the Champs Elysees and encountered L’Arc De Triomphe. It was beautiful but under construction. All roads lead to the arc, it seemed.

IMG_2078 IMG_2747Champs Elysee was “the spot” and we found ourselves back there later that night, when we went to Club 79. To make a long and pathetic story short, we couldn’t get in. There were over 200 people waiting outside and we were four of them. We tried to pull our “But we’re American” stunt but they were not having it.

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Kydee WilliamsKy Tip: When going out, be on time. Other countries don’t operate like we do in the States. It’s best to be the first one at the club rather than the ones trying to get in. Try to be out of your hotel at 8PM the latest

I could care less about being in a club, I was in Paris and in complete awe by how edgy and cool everyone is. Cigarettes, wild hair, red lips and a black ensemble seemed to be the style. Parisienne style was so me! That night we took a cab home and sang “Drunk in Love” as we drove along the Seine River. Oh, What a night!

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