For those of us touring Europe, today was a free day in Paris. There were a variety of things to do, and we all split up into separate little groups to do those things. It has rained all day, but that certainly did not diminish the enthusiasm to see this wonderful city.
Fritz, our tour guide, first took us to go see the Notre Dame Cathedral. Wow! What a building! It was interesting to learn that the gargoyles on the outside not only keep away birds, but also act as rain gutters to divert the water away from the building when it rains. The interior of the building is equally impressive with the stained-glass windows, statues, and incredible architecture.
When we finished seeing Notre Dame, we all split up. Throughout the day, we saw beautiful buildings with stained-glass windows, the incredible museum, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triumph, the Latin quarters, and even a flea market. Even though it was raining, I personally enjoyed walking along the Seine. I also had the opportunity to see the Mona Lisa up close and personal. All of the crowd was taking pictures behind a railing, but they allowed me to go up next to another person in a wheelchair and see the Mona Lisa only a couple feet away.
I would say that Paris is both a remarkable city and a dirty city. The architecture and the culture is very interesting and fun. However, there is trash and there are cigarette butts that litter the streets and walkways everywhere. There is plenty to eat in the city. Some had gyros, I had french fries, and I know at least one person had some escargot.
It has been a very fun day and it wouldn’t be too bad if we had more like these. However, we are anticipating our visit with L’Oreal and Mercer tomorrow.