We arrived in Paris. This is the moment I have been waiting for all my life. It is the city of love and the city of lights. I have already fallen in love with the city.

As we were driving in, I could see the Eiffel Tower in the distance. I was ecstatic. Even from far away, it was everything I imagined it to be.

Even our hotel was beautiful and the epitome of Parisian style. I thought I must have been dreaming.

I sat and took a look at the map in excitement of the day ahead of us.

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We took the subway to downtown Paris.

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The subway let us out right in front of the Paris opera house. As we walked up the stairs of the underground, we were faced with a breathtaking view.

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The streets were full of history and luxury. Everything in Paris seemed to be symmetrical including the buildings and even the trees.

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We walked past an outdoor carnival and through the Tuileries Garden. The park was full of art and sculptures, including the temporary exhibit by Louise Bourgeois.

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While here we took in our view of the Eiffel tower while cooling under the shade of one of the perfectly trimmed trees.

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We then took a walk over our first love lock bridge in Paris.

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From across the bridge, we got a wonderful view of the Lourve and Notre Dame across the water.

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We then made a trek back across another love locked bridge back into the Tuileries Garden. I’ve decided that I am in love with love lock bridges.

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Here we saw more sculptures and shrubbery that was almost sculptures in itself.

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After strolling through the park, we found ourselves at the Lourve. It was much larger than I expected. This can be said about the city as a whole.

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Walking under the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was more than my eyes could take. I couldn’t event focus on the amount of detail on the arc.

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I took the traditional photo in front of the Lourve Pyramid and shockingly succeeded in touching the tip in the first shot.

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We went to the Latin Quarter to get dinner. It was nice to get out of the scorching hot sun for a short while. Except the booth I was sitting on was upholstered in velvet. We then walked over to Notre Dame.

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A few of the girls and I decided to walk around inside. It was beautiful, especially the stained glass. We walked in complete silence, taking in our surroundings, pausing to cross ourselves with holy water.

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We then walked around the Latin Quarter, in and out of shops, past restaurants. This part of Paris was alive with tourists at this point in the night.

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After our free time, we met up in St. Micheal’s Square. The fountain of St. Micheal was simply divine, in both senses of the word.

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