Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring in Paris-Jardins des Tuileries, Paris Opera and Lafayette

Hey guys!
I know I haven't been writing a lot recently since I got really busy with school *sigh*
Some people contacted me to talk more about my exchange trip in Japan in videos so I will be working on that as soon as I get free time. Pinky promise!

In Canada we have a break in March so that people can recover from the cold, harsh Canadian weather by going off to somewhere warm. So I decided to go to Paris! I have always wanted to go to Paris since some of you might know, Canada's official language is English and French. I myself learned French since kindergarten in Quebec. And as many of you might know, Canadian French and French from France are kind of different (pronunciation, vocabulary, tone, etc..). But I admit, it is way easier for me to go around since I knew the language and it just made my life much less stressful. It was a warm weak of early spring in Paris, with a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures. The amount of attractions in the city is enormous and one week wasn't even enough to visit all the places we desired to.

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Our first day in Paris started up very early since there is several hours of jet-lag, I woke up at 3am that morning. After rolling around in bed, I went to Jardin des Tuileries, the park right in front of The Louvre, which is literally not even 5 minutes walk from the hotel we were staying at. Usually, it's packed with tourists and children since it is a metal fence away from the Louvre and a few steps away from Place de la Concorde. However, since we were up since 3am, we went to the garden at around 8am so there wasn't even ten people in there. It was very relaxing with a lot of grass and statues.
From what my research told me, there used to be a Tuileries Palace but it was destroyed, leaving only the garden behind.

Then we decided to go to the infamous Lafayette shopping centre. To be honest, I was looking forward into this because it's called the world's first big shopping mall! When we went in, I was a bit shocked by the amount of tourists in there (mainly Asian and Russian) and in order to allow better communication with the customers, the store clerks are also mostly foreigners. I was in there for about an hour and I didn't hear anybody speak in French. It left me feeling peculiar... Not in a bad way but just peculiar. 
On our way to the mall, we passed by the Paris Opera. It was absolutely astonishing! The Phantom of Opera was based on this building and it has a subterranean lake. Just these two facts are enough to impress me!

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