Friday, 5 March 2010

PARIS - Day 1 (04/03/2010)

I’ve just settled myself into bed in my hotel room after a hot bath and after one of the longest days of my life.

I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed this morning at 6am leaving my very sleepy, and very cuddly, boyfriend behind. In getting to the University on time at 7am, we traditionally left half an hour late, which left me craving that extra half an hour of sleep...I am surprised as to how bearable the 9 hour journey from Southampton to Paris was!

Now, I don't want to sound like a spoilt brat, but after 4 hours of sleep and an epic coach journey the last thing I wanted to do was go up the Eiffel tower! We had half an hour to settle into our hotel rooms then at 7pm off we all went in to the heart of the city of Paris. Admittedly the iconic landmark is a treat for the eyes! However, I didn’t appreciate the long wait at the tube station whilst trying to organise the group or the depressing tube ride itself. But alas, Paris is a magical place, and as soon as I saw the towers splendour in the distance, my thoughts were not on the poor conditions of the underground!

Whilst some went off to gain the full experience of the Eiffel tower, I, along with others, went to sit in a French restaurant. (I have previously been up the Eiffel tower!) Whilst enjoying my meal it suddenly occurred to me that all five girls whom I was eating dinner with were complete strangers! But more importantly, I realised that they didn’t feel like strangers despite only knowing them for a short while:)

The view of the Eiffel tower was picturesque, the food was nice, but I was VERY tied! I was therefore very grateful for my bath and very happy to crawl under fresh sheets in freshly washed pyjamas. I am very much looking forward to my complimentary breakfast tomorrow morning, and also in visiting the ‘Animal’ exhibition. Let’s hope that tomorrow will be a lot more relaxed than today!


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