This is a continued post from the one I started a few days ago about my trip to Paris…. I left off on day three. To see Part I click HERE.
On Wednesday, Day 4 of our trip, we had another tour scheduled… this time to Versailles! We got up super early, ate a quick breakfast and hopped on the bus for a 35 minute drive to the castle (all four of us had a nice nap on the way there).
Needless to say, it was Ah-mazing! It’s hard to believe actual people called this their home.
The Gardens were gorgeous!!
We spent a good half of the day at Versailles and then returned to our hotel for a break between time to shop and walk around a little bit. I found a cute toy store and bought a few things for the kids I babysit. Down by the Eiffel Tower there were tents set up with different vendors selling handmade clothing and jewelry. I bartered a necklace from $30 down to $15… it was a struggle to say the least.
We each had a ticket to go on the Seine River cruise, so we decided today was the perfect day to take advantage of it. The Seine River is in the middle of Paris, it divides the city into “left bank” and “right bank.” The boat tour was super relaxing with the music and sound of the water… I drifted off to sleep on multiple occasions during that cruise. Lol. From what I did see though, it was definitely very beautiful.
The next day we headed to our meeting place for the Segway Tour. I’ve never been on a segway before, but it has got to be one of the most fun things I’ve tried! The icing on the cake were the people looking up at you in awe and jealousy. Everyone seemed to want to give it a try.
After the Segway tour we went for lunch, more macaroons and then some shopping on the Champs Elyseés. At one point I had gelato and pain au chocolat in one sitting. Keep in mind this was right after the macaroons. It. Was. Awesome. I have such a sweet tooth. The rest of the day was pretty chill and involved a lot of walking and exploring the Montpanasse area.
Any One Direction fans out there? I am so NOT a 1D fan, BUT my friends all are… sooooooo we bought tickets a month or so before the trip because they were performing while we were gonna be in Paris. What a coinky-dink! I was fine with going even though I am not at all into their music or fan hype, because Hey, it’s a concert in Paris. That’s pretty cool in it of itself. We woke up super early to stand in line for the concert which started at 6pm. We literally just stood there, sometimes sitting in a line for 6 hours. Not what I signed up for, especially since I don’t even like them. I tried to be a good sport and not complain though. I honestly enjoyed the songs they played before the concert officially started (once we all got into the arena). They played Little Mix and Katy Perry, etc. Everyone was dancing and getting excited for the show.
Somehow we got floor seats (not really seats though because it was standing room only) and were in the second row from the stage. The other girls seemed to enjoy the proximity. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where I was that close to the performers. I didn’t know any of the songs. Well, except for one of the last ones “That’s What Makes You Beautiful.” Other than that I tried my best to blend in and pretend like I was having the best time of my life. Overall it wasn’t the most terrible experience in the world, but it was definitely a long day! I was so ready to sleep after the concert and be prepared for our last day in the City of Lights.
We began the day with some walking around the St. Germaine area and then shopping with one of Surya’s cousins who doesn’t live far from Paris. We spotted a lot of authentic Parisian shops which were prefect places to buy gifts for family and friends.
Something else cool that occurred while we were there was Fête de la Musique. It’s a city-wide music festival where local bands come out and play. Every block or so there’s a different live brand playing. The atmosphere was pretty sweet. People of all ages were dancing and singing along just having a good time.We ate dinner at a restaurant where they give you a mini stove and you cook your own meat. It comes with veggies and potatoes. A band was playing live right next to us, so we had some nice entertainment during our meal.
The celebration began at 5pm and went until 7am. We were out until about 2 or 3am. As the night went on, people were parting harder. At one point we stopped into a nightclub for a little bit. That was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It wasn’t like an American club where there’s lots of unnecessary touching and groping, etc. Everyone was doing their own thing and having a good time. The music was très bon! I find it funny that some Parisians don’t know a lot of English, but they’ll know the lyrics to a JayZ song.
After the club we walked around a bit more and found a huge crowd of people dancing outside. A DJ was playing on a stage and their were strobe lights. It was bumpin! LOL. One guy even tried to have a dance battle with my friend Surya, which was too hilarious— I CRIED.
The music and the dancing and the people was the perfect end to an awesome vacation! Paris was everything I hoped it would be and more! I feel so lucky to have experienced it with my best friends.
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