Sept. 24, 2006
The morning ride to Paris was the start of Day 7… On the train we met 2 girls who live in Paris but are originally from London… one of them speaks fluent French. Sarah and Holly… They weren’t supposed to be in the car they were in and we weren’t supposed to be on that train, but it worked out well because we talked the whole way there about England vs. America.
We also talked about the Church and religion. It really is tons of fun to meet people from the other parts of the world and just talk… We’re supposed to hang out with them tonight and go the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower).
A friend of mine out here doing study abroad met up with us at our hostel with some friends and we went to Notre Dame, which is unreal! It’s huge and awesome… We walked a bit of the Seine River, then saw Palais Royal. She then left to eat dinner with her French family.
After she left Jake and I checked out the exterior of the Louvre and then just walked around and saw the streets of Paris… It’s truly and incredible city! The Eiffel Tower sparkles at night and it’s awesome! We saw neat monuments and chatted with some people from Poland for awhile. One of them spoke Russian really well so I chatted with her. We’ve met a lot of people from Poland already.
My years in Russia on my mission and months in New York on my internship have proven very beneficial. I haven’t got us on a wrong train yet even though nothing is in English… I went and checked out the Tour Eiffel that night, but didn’t go to the top because I knew we’d go up it later… but I walked around the bottom and it’s amazing, way bigger than I expected.
We got home and emailed quick and read a little and went to bed. As I lay there last night, my heart was truly full of gratitude for the wonderful, unique and very rare opportunity I have to see the world the way I am and be a member of the true Church and to live in the USA!
Sept. 25, 2006
Paris truly is awesome, there’s an exciting feeling to the city and lots to see. It’s a lot different from London. This morning we walked th the Musee du Louvre! The most famous museum in the world. We saw the Mona Lisa, Venus di Milo, Ancient Mesoptomia, Egypt, Italian and French sculptures and hundreds of other works of art. Life is good. I am truly blessed. From where I am sitting writing this in this beautiful garden, I can see the Louvre, Tour Eiffel and Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomph!