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10 November 2008 @ 11:33 am
Paris, je t'aime  
Back from Paris, weekend number one. Things I've learned:
Small groups are the best to travel with. 4 max, any more than that and you'll have your head spin into another dimension.
People who invite themselves along do so because they are not welcome anywhere else. There is a reason for that.
Hitting Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower in one evening is crazy. And possible.
The Louvre is free after 6pm on Fridays for students (it's open until 10pm).
There is a Starbucks in the Louvre Carousel/mall. And a Sephora, much less crowded than its Champs Elysees counterpart.
The metro is amazing. And 11,40e for a pack of 10 tickets.
Almost all food everywhere is good. And not to badly priced.
L'Pompidou is amazing.
Have a crepe. It's cheap and great.
The Absolute Paris, hostel, has a very very friendly staff.
Most Parisians are extremely friendly on a whole!
The Eiffel tower is so much more beautiful in person than it is in pictures. The same goes for Notre Dame.
Reserve for trains ahead of time. Many kids got stuck in Paris trying to head back, but we reserved and were fine. Just do it. A week ahead if possible.
People will start to get bitchy at this point of the semester. Push through it, enjoy your cities, split up and meet back up if you want to do separate things. You'll be tempted to compromise but you will regret it if you do.

Paris will charm you regardless of the weather, your hostel, the food, the prices. You will fall in love, as I did. A dark little rain cloud was over our heads all weekend, we were all very pissy; and yet I can't wait for Friday to board a train again and head back to Garde Nord and start my way through the city a second time.

My photos are up on Flickr, and I've got some work to do this week -- trying to get ahead is difficult, but I'm trying! Until later...