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 overcook 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 was 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.
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!
Finally, the last thing left to do was to actually go inside 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.
We 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?
Three Facts about Mona Lisa
Her name is Lisa Del Giocondo
The actual spelling of the painting is Monna Lisa (spelled correctly in the Louvre)
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.
A quick shopping stop on Rue Rivoli meant our Paris stay was coming to an end. Although I wanted to stay just a little bit longer we had an overnight train to Italy that we needed to catch.
Ky 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.
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.
“Now we out in Paris, yeah we perriering” -Big Sean
Things left to do in Paris
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 watching. There were so many happy and fabulously dressed people to see and the Europeans just loved to sing in the streets.After 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).
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 everywhere. Everyone was in such great spirits as we ate Nutella crepes and took pictures with Miss Eiffel.
We proceeded to walk along the Seine River which was close by. The walk was serene and eye-opening. Parisienne people love 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.
That 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.
After 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.
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!