Saturday, July 16, 2016

Paris Day 5

The second to last full day in Paris. Also, it was Versailles day! This day started out with so much expected because last night we celebrated Bastille Day with the fireworks, and now we were going to see more beautiful scenery during the day. We also had a planned trip to visit the Eiffel Tower and to ride the river cruise. All of these expectations could seem quite overwhelming, but it’s worth it to take a chance and take it on in one day.

First, we visited Chateau de Versailles. On the train ride towards there we noticed how the dynamics of the area shifted to a wealthier region. Just from the sight of the houses and business, one could tell that the farther west that you go, the richer the area seemed to the eye. Then, stopping at the actual point was such a “aha” moment. It’s like when you get to a place and you could just feel the exquisite atmosphere that the place has to offer. Like the Louvre, Chateau de Versailles was a large building. One way that I could tell that this was such an attractive area was with the long line of people who already purchased tickets. The line coordinators literally made multiple U shapes to fit so many people within the front area. As we entered we viewed multiple artifacts with King Louis and various other people. Furthermore, the musical garden was another large beautiful area. There was a water fountain place that sprinkled water with the tune of the music, and it was such a wonderful experience.

Secondly, our group attended the Eiffel Tower. I have always heard that the tower was huge, but when I saw it up close I realized just what people meant. I remember me saying that the stairs are not so bad, but after seeing it up close I partially wondered if I should have said that statement. In actuality, it wasn’t that bad, and it was well worth it for the view. I was able to pretty much see the whole of Paris and it was so magnificent.

Lastly, we took the river cruise, which was a great way to finish off the day after so much walking. The boat was very nice, and it was a decent experience to finish off the day.