Day 24 (2.6.17): Our last day in Paris

Everyone wants to experience the magic of waking up in France! It was so wonderful to wake up and experience that… by watching television! That is what we did this morning for our last day in Paris.

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Since we only had half a day before our train ride back to Munich we decided to stick all our luggage in a locker at the train station. To think the station would smell like roses only to find out that it smells worse than what would smell if you haven’t showered in five weeks.  Sadly afterward my dad had to go to a meeting so we had to split up. My mom, Cassie, and I went to climb the tower of Notre Dame. Inside the towers though; I would not be so crazy as to scale the side of the tower.

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The stair climb took almost as long as the Eiffel tower did. Except these were small stairs in a high spiral. Cassie and I got tired at the top. We counted the stairs, but we forgot because we were stunned by the breath taking view. (Down below)

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We could see all of Paris, except for the other half on the other side of Notre Dame. The gargoyles were so beautiful and frightening at the same time. Also there were so many of them. All around the church! Too bad we didn’t see the Hunchback.  I guess he was shy. 😦

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The Eiffel tower looked so big from up there. I loved looking at it. We didn’t get to feel a gargoyle, but I did talk to one. He said he liked the view at first, but being there for more than 650 years made him (yes I know it’s a him) bored and tired of the view.

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The shape of the cathedral is a huge cross, so you could play holy hide and seek in there, for a year.

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We got ice cream after the cathedral. It was delicious!!!!! It was bigger than all of the vegetables I ate in Paris combined. Heehee…hee.

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Next we walk around a Cathedral we had never been to before, it was called Notre Dame.  😉

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After that we went to a book store and got some books. My mom said it was famous.  I got Wonder, and I already finished it! Cassie wasn’t too excited, so instead of smiling she did one of her signature looks, the crazy!

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Walking along a bridge from Notre Dame we met a man who makes personalized jewelry.  My mom let me and Cassie get our own necklaces.

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He did a very good job making them.  Also he was very fast.  I was impressed and could never do that!

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I loved my necklace! He made us friendship necklaces and became besties for life.

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Next we went for a double decker carousel ride!  We became Princesses of the sea and riders of the high and low.  And of course got in trouble for moving around on the carousel while it was moving.

After the ride we went back to the train station and got on the train.

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We did school work on the train “yay!” 😦 It was long and hardish.

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The trip was great and I will think about it for many years to come. I will definitely come back.

-Lydie

3 thoughts on “Day 24 (2.6.17): Our last day in Paris

  1. Oh my gosh those pictures looked so pretty! And that ice cream looked sooo delicious🍦😱Lydie did you and the gargoyle talk about anything else?😏😝

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  2. I love Shakespeare and Company! It’s one of my most favorite bookstores in the whole world! Here’s a bit of history about it:

    Shakespeare and Company is an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame. Since opening in 1951, it’s been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers, becoming a Left Bank literary institution.

    The bookshop was founded by American George Whitman at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Kilometer Zero, the point at which all French roads begin. Constructed in the early 17th century, the building was originally a monastery, La Maison du Mustier. George liked to pretend he was the sole surviving monk, saying, “In the Middle Ages, each monastery had a frère lampier, a monk whose duty was to light the lamps at nightfall. I’m the frère lampier here now. It’s the modest role I play.”

    When the store first opened, it was called Le Mistral. George changed it to the present name in April 1964—on the four-hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth—in honor of a bookseller he admired, Sylvia Beach, who’d founded the original Shakespeare and Company in 1919. Her store at 12 rue de l’Odéon was a gathering place for the great expat writers of the time—Joyce, Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound—as well as for leading French writers.

    Through his bookstore, George Whitman endeavored to carry on the spirit of Beach’s shop, and it quickly became a center for expat literary life in Paris. Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Anaïs Nin, Richard Wright, William Styron, Julio Cortázar, Henry Miller, William Saroyan, Lawrence Durrell, James Jones, and James Baldwin were among early visitors to the shop.

    Au revoir!
    jen

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  3. Lydie – your post was excellent! Love the pictures and I don’t know what I’m more jealous of…experiencing the view, that ice cream or going to the Shakespeare and Company book store. If I were there, I might spend all day in the bookstore…but then I’d miss the gargoyles! Hope you guys are soaking in every second of your trip! XXOO And love from Ellie and Jack as well!

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