So unfortunately I didn't take very many pictures in the morning, or afternoon.. or really anytime except when I went to the Opera building because I forgot my phone at the hotel. So I'm borrowing some pictures from McCall ;p
We started off the morning by taking this really unique street art tour around a few of the arrondissements (or sections/neighborhoods) of Paris. This definitely made my list of coolest things I did during the trip. It gave me a whole new view of the city. Things that I wouldn't have even had a second thought about seeing it before. The tour guide, a young college student-aged girl, showed us some of the famous street artists' works along the streets and alleys as well as places that the artists come together to work on collaborative projects.
Here are some of my favorites from the tour, photo credit- McCall
After the tour we were let loose for lunch. So I'm just going to stop here and say that since I didn't take any pictures of where I ate for lunch (for today and the next) and I didn't pay with my card either day I had no proof of where I went or when. I only knew that one day we went to a mexican place and another we went to a hipster cafe. I didn't know which day we ate where, I only remembered sort of what we were doing shortly before-hand and what the inside of the restaurants looked like. I didn't even find them online while there so I had no previous internet searches to go off of ether, we had just stumbled across both places! So I'm not lying when I say that I spent the last two hours figuring out where I ate those two meals in Paris. It's a little sad, I know, but I loved both restaurants so much I knew that if I gave up now then I'd never figure it out! And I hope that if I get to go back to Paris in the near-ish future I'll be able to eat at these restaurants. Or at the very least recommend them to you fine people so you can search them out when you go!
Ok so now that you know my long, but fruitful, search for the name of the lunch places (and that it is clearly worth it to eat there!), I can continue! After finishing the tour Hugh, Madeline, McCall, and I walked around the 10th Arr. to do some shopping and find somewhere to eat. Hugh and McCall found somewhere they liked pretty quickly but I guess I was being a little picky because I wanted something else, as did Madeline. We searched for a little while longer until we stumbled on (what I now remember as) Craft Cafe. The food looked good to both Madeline and I so she ordered Quiche and more Madeleine cookies and I ordered a sandwich and a scone. Oh my gosh, that sandwich was amazing. The bread was baked fresh, all the ingredients were top-notch. The scone was crumbly and yet buttery at the same time. Heaven in a mouthful!
^^^ pic from their FB page
Afterwards we had to meet at the Louvre , but since we finished lunch with some time to kill we decided to check out the gardens right outside of it. On the way walking to the gardens I passed someone familiar- it was a girl from my high school that was in some of my classes. I said hi right when I recognized her, in the middle of the crosswalk, we exchanged "how are yous" and "this is crazy!" real quick and kept walking. What a coinky dink! We laid on the grass and enjoyed the day, talking and laughing. When we decided to that it was time to get to the meeting spot we got up and walked over to where we thought we were supposed to meet. About ten minutes go by and we have seen no one from our group. Frantically we race between the top of the metro station we were supposed to meet at and the big glass pyramid in the courtyard area. Finally we see Tashia, Catherine, and all them, plus a few other people. After about five more minutes we have half our group. But not the other half and no Dr. D or his family. After about another 15 minutes of so of waiting McCall texted another girl in our group, Serena (one of my roommates in amsterdam), to see where she was and if she had found Dr. D. After texting back and forth the only thing we knew was the rest of the class was indeed with Dr D. somewhere under the Louvre. After a full hour later (nearly two hours after the initial meeting time), Dr. D found us and brought us the way we should have gone- which was a back way into the museum, only discoverable if we had gotten off at the Louvre stop- McCall, Hugh, Madeline, and I had simply walked to the Louvre and the rest of the people had gotten off at the wrong stop (there were two stops that had the word "Louvre" in them).
We saw all we needed to see at the Louvre, and I'm almost ashamed to admit it... left after an hour and a half. It had been a long day full of walking around and standing in the sun and we felt like we saw what we wanted to see so we were good. I don't regret it- more to see next time I go!
We went back to the hotel for a small dinner and for rest, then we got ready for the ballet ("training for the ballet, Potter" quote was used often)! Let me tell you about it, so it was in the Opera Garnier, which was the Opera from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! (*cue overture music*) Am I listening to the soundtrack right now as I'm typing this? You betcha.
This time Dr. D made sure to give us clear instruction on how to get to the Opera house to meet to get our tickets. JJ used me to smuggle in gummy sharks to eat during the performance (genius! why didn't I think of that??), but I got to have a handful, so it was all good. Better than good- I got free candy! The opera house was beautiful! I could just imagine the Masquerade scene from the movie!
We saw the ballet "Les enfants du Paradis" (the children of paradise), an actually riveting ballet based on an old movie. Full of love, lust, heartbreak, and, of course, dance!
^^^Pictures from inside the opera house, and OH LOOK more pictures of me. Someone call vogue, clearly I'm ready for the model life.
After the performance was over since it was Sean's birthday we went to his favorite crepe place down the street from our hotel, pictures of it are in Day 21and chipped in to buy him one of the fancy ones. The guy who worked there (who we joked that our study abroad was single-handedly providing for him) even gave him a free soda. Those crepes are fantastique, and fairly cheap too! All in all, great day- even with broiling in the hot Paris sun by the Louvre!