We bought Paris museum passes that allow speedy entrance into museums and Versailles, so the next day we hopped on a train to Versailles. We were entertained by these kind gentlemen on the train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8blwCZt4ny8. It is so difficult to describe the immense splendor of the palace. It's more opulent than most castles in Disney movies.
Upon our return from Versailles, we climbed to the Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately, the side facing the Eiffel Tower was under construction. We had a nice time exploring and then walked down the Champs Elysees for lunch.
The next morning we got up and went directly to the train station to catch our train to Amsterdam (that's for another blog post on another day). Can I just say that the quality of pastry in Europe but Paris in particular enrages me!? Seriously! You can get better pastry in the Parisian train station than you can in Cleveland. Period. What's with that? Cleveland's gotta step up their game. (That said - I'm still really excited about Coquette Patisserie that just opened in University Circle and I have high hopes that it can fulfill my pastry craving once I'm back to the 216.)
Btw - this photo shows me EXTREMELY happy to have replaced my mascara after watching mine roll dramatically and irreversibly into the hotel toilet a couple days prior.
Well - I believe that is it for now. Paris was beautiful and amazing, though dirtier than London. Also, we were there during the infamous smog attack and were consistently surprised at how "foggy" it was. Oops.
I can't thank my family enough for coming out to visit me. As much as I love my program and the friends I have here, it was incredibly refreshing to have my family with me at this halfway point. Today is officially one month until I come home! I can't even believe it. This time has flown by sooooo quickly.