DAY NO. 1 - INTRO TO PARISAfter taking the fast-speed train from London to Paris, we arrived just as we would to any other location. I got off the train and was taking in everything I saw. The train station was just as I had expected from the many YouTube video of the European vloggers. We got out of the train section and then came the time to immerse into the local transport. John, however, didn't seem too in a hurry which I didn't question at all. As I was looking at maps and he was checking his phone, we were surprised by our friend Nans. We met Nans in college. He and his roommate Julien were studying abroad the year John and I first met. The four of us were pretty close that year.
I was so excited and surprised to see Nans. John had obviously been keeping this a secret. We went to leave our stuff at our AirBnB and then we headed out to explore! We stayed really close to the Arc de Triomphe, so before we left our stuff that was the first thing I saw after coming out of the metro. We walked down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and was taken to a "famous bakery". After we got there, I realized I was very familiar with this location. It was none other than Ladurée. I really wanted to get the macarons but decided not to be a typical tourist, and went for a more "Isa" baked good - a pistachio croissant. It was the best and I should have bought more than one during our stay.
We walked along the Seine River and headed towards the Jardin de Tuileries which headed in the area where The Louvre was located. So far the Eiffel Tower stood from everywhere I looked, so I was really happy that it was so obvious already. No wonder so many photos include it!
After chatting for a bit, our friend Nans had to go and he said he was not going to be around anymore during our trip. We said our goodbyes, and John and I headed to the nearest Starbucks for a little restroom and wifi break. Then we walked towards the famous Pont de Arts, or that bridge that has the locks.