Day 17: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

We spent the final day of our trip with some free time in Paris. It was a busy, whirlwind day as we tried to fit in as many sights as possible. The weather was beautiful but super hot, especially as we walked around and waited in lines.

Our first stop was Notre Dame Cathedral. The last time I was there it was Palm Sunday so this visit was much less busy and we had access to the entire cathedral. We didn’t make it to the outdoor observation floors of the cathedral so I would like to do that next time. We decided to stop at a restaurant across the street from Notre Dame for a quick break and something to eat – I had the best gelato and fries of the trip!

Next we went to the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore. It was bustling with activity, especially for such a tiny place, with people reading in little nooks and a book discussion group meeting. I found a small, abridged version of Les Miserables (a fitting book to buy in Paris!) and a copy of Goodbye to All That (a fitting book to buy on a battlefield tour!). They even stamped the books inside with the Shakespeare and Company logo!

We wanted to make our way to the Eiffel Tower but had a bit of a mix-up with the metro so we had to take a bus instead. However, we ended up doing a tour around the whole city as a result of the stop we got on the bus from. But it turned out to be a good mistake because we drove by many of the famous sites of the city – the Louvre, the Arc du Triomphe, and Hotel des Invalides.

We finally made it to the Eiffel Tower, where we met up with other students from our group (some by sheer luck!) We looked like typical tourists trying to take a group selfie while fitting everyone in the picture as well as the Eiffel Tower. Luckily, there was a fellow Canadian tourist who offered to take a picture for us! We all went for one last dinner together as a group, and headed back to the hotel to get some rest before flying out in the morning. It was a fun but bittersweet day, knowing it was our last of the trip…

 

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