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Jill McCracken’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 13 Mar 2011

Location: Paris, France

MapBecky in Paris - Days 1 & 2

This is a retroactive entry because I have been so busy with schoolwork. Some quick procrastination is in order...

Sunday, March 13th, Becky arrived at Charles de Gaulle. Although travel-weary, she was eager to begin her European adventure so we traveled to the Notre Dame cathedral. We actually were lucky enough to sit in on a mass which is something that I have never done before. Very smoky.... We had a giant dinner at le Petit Pont and wandered around the Latin Quarter. The dinner faces were especially priceless, "Becky's first snail" face provided some entertainment for me! Then we popped over to the Eiffel Tower and were both awestruck. Of course it was her first viewing but it was also special for me to watch her see Paris and light up when she encountered the city.

Monday, March 14th: Since I did not have class today, I planned a giant cross-Paris excursion. We started at the Cite Universitaire and walked through Parc Montsouris so I could show Becky my neighbourhood stomping grounds. We continued up to Denfert Rochereau and she enjoyed the Lion of Belfort. Onwards we continued up to the Luxembourg Gardens and wandered through the lush first beginnings of spring and up to the Palace. We then turned up towards the Pantheon and took refuge in its cool interior while paying our respects to the great men (and women) of the Revolution. It was surreal for me to be standing next to Rousseau, Voltaire, and even Marie and Pierre Curie. We continued down near La Sorbonne and down through Chatelet where I dazzled with my architecture regurgitation skills and navigational ability. It was a test for me to see how many things I could remember from class AND how to get from place to place. We walked down rue Rivoli and enjoyed a quick lunch then continued to the Louvre (outside only), through the Tuilleries Gardens to Place de la Concorde and then stopping quickly at the Obelisk. Onwards we walked up the Champs d'Elysees and walked all the way up the Arc de Triomphe to enjoy panoramic views of the city. I quizzed Becky to point out the places she had already been and it helped her to mag a map of the city in her head. We hopped on the Metro and took it all the way up to Sacre Coeur where we enjoyed a small picnic on the steps of the cathedral and people-watched. With a quick stop at Moulin Rouge, my giant tour needed to end due to exhaustion....we headed home to the MEC.