Travel Diary: An August Day In Paris

It is 11:50 p.m. and I am back after a busy and excellent day in Paris. 

PARIS
PHOTO AMANDA PURCELL

I woke up this morning and I had my usual complimentary chocolate croissant and baguette. (I must eat LESS food. Seriously I do not want to gain weight). Then I went to Musée Rodin, located at Rodin’s house. The sculptures are fantastic and there are gardens around the house with trees lining various pathways.  My favorite Rodin sculpture is the “Kiss” because it is the most beautiful and passionate depiction I have ever seen of a sculpted kiss. I want to be kissed like that; actually I think everyone wants to be kissed like that.  Maybe that is why the sculpture is so famous.

After the museum, I took the Metro which has to be the fastest and ultimate form of transportation in Paris. In fact, it’s one of my favorite features about Paris.  There are so many different types of people on it and I feel, in a silly way, more French for using it. I then went with a friend to the Marais and proceeded to eat the best pita falafel sandwich I have EVER had in my whole life (this still holds true today). We got the absolutely delicious food from King Falafel Palace which had quite a long line. Also, I feel as if I am getting much more adjusted to French culture although I have only picked up a few phrases.

PARIS
PHOTO AMANDA PURCELL

After we ate, my friend and I walked along Le Marais area, we shopped and browsed.  I probably spent more money than I should have, but I am in France and everything is so incredibly expensive! Later in the day, I ordered tea at a cafe for six euros in Champs-Élysées. What a rip off! That’s about ten American dollars which is crazy and honestly not worth it.  However, we went to the oh so famous l’Arc de Triomphe and climbed to the top.  My legs felt like they were going to fall off after climbing 260-something steps, but the climb was well worth it.  The view of Paris was the best that I had seen so far. On such a hot day, the wind was creating a lovely breeze.

We walked around Champs-Élysées and by some serendipitous turn of events, we accidentally ended up in Ladurée. What I thought was a perfume shop was actually the most famous macaroon place in the world.  I couldn’t believe that we stumbled upon such a sought after, world famous, dessert restaurant. I had a vanilla and raspberry macaroon and my soul grew wings. It was that good.

AMANDA PURCELL
PHOTO AMANDA PURCELL

Since all I do in Paris is walk, eat, and sight see; I then went to a French restaurant for dinner.  I tried escargot which has a terrible texture, but the garlic and butter made it taste surprisingly good.  I also had crème brûlée which is basically better and sweeter than any dessert that I have ever had. I love the food here.

A fun memory of today was running through the streets of Paris (yes, running) in a short dress.  I was trying to make it back to where I was staying in time for the curfew that was imposed on my traveling group and was distracted because of a retail store. Only in Paris can you still shop at 10:45pm. My days are packed and everyday here in Paris feels like heaven. With luxury, this trip contains amazing adventures opportunities. Tomorrow should also be wonderful because I am going to Palace of Versailles. I am utterly excited for what’s to come!

Amanda Purcell

Amanda has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Her secret travel tip: visit places during off season. She loves walking around cities that she's never been to before, especially if she can't speak the local language.

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