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Soo, I got back from my first real trip to Paris yesterday. I read up on all of your posts ♥ and I thought now I’d make a little post about my week :D but since I know none of you want to read a 12-page essay on HOW FREAKING BIG AND IMPRESSIVE THEIR BUILDINGS ARE, I figured I’d just put it in a convenient little list :3

I had a lot of fun this week and a lot of credit for that goes to Gwynn and Sabine, who despite being ridiculously tired (and sick and in pain) were totally awesome. I love you guys so much ♥♥♥

Places we went in Paris:

- The Paris Opera (gorgeous!)
- The Japanese quarter (including a real Japanese Book-Off!!! Speaking Japanese was never more comforting)
- The Notre Dame (BIG AND IMPRESSIVE, but too many tourists, so the whole atmosphere was kind of lost)
- The Conciergerie (where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned)
- Tower of Saint-Jacques (we randomly stumbled upon this little jewel)
- Jardin des Plantes (including a cool museum with all kinds of skeletons, from dinosaurs to deer to whales )
- The Pantheon (BIG AND IMPRESSIVE, makes the buildings around it look like cheap little cardboard boxes, and that is saying something)
- The Louvre (where we decided that sarcophagi would make for cool bath tubs, also BIG AND IMPRESSIVE)
- Les Invalides (where Napoleon Bonaparte was buried, it also had a couple of cool museums on war history, BIG AND IMPRESSIVE )
- The Eiffel Tower (we just walked past it, view= /care, BIG)
- Ponte Bir Hakeim (we actually accidentally stumbled upon it looking for FOOOOOD but it’s the bridge in Inception that Ariadne creates from memory, OH NOES)
- The Guimet Museum (all kinds of Asian art, oh hi there Japanese Culture Studies, Japanese Religion, Premodern Japanese, Chinese AND Korean history, how’s it going? It’s been a while. )
- Chinatown (in the 13th arrondissement, lots of Korean stuff too!)
- The Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. (BIG, IMPRESSIVE and with an AMAZING VIEW)
- The Seine (we went on a one-hour cruise to see the sights from the river, they played a taped guide, hilarity ensued)

Paris is the city where:

- An American guy heard us speak English and thought we were from England (even though none of us have British accents XD)
- Tiny little birds ate bread crumbs out of my hand like I’m a fucking Disney princess
- We met a fugitive
- We walked a tiny part of a modern-day pilgrimage talking to one of the actual pilgrims
- I almost cried at a painting by Degas, just because it was so beautiful (emo much :P)

Things I bought in Paris:

- The LIVE album by NEWS
- 2NE1’s debut album (Korea does CDs better, it’s ridiculously shiny)
- The Sapuri DVDs (it’s cute ok X3 don’t judge me)
- The Japanese copy of Disney’s Mulan
- A couple of Japanese books: the cutest little guidebook of Tokyo with all these little scribbles and drawings in it, the book for Disney’s Enchanted, Akihabara @DEEP and Kokuhaku. I really need to keep practising my Japanese this summer, since I’m not going to Japan this year '__________'

Things that are never-ending in Paris:

- Subway stairs
- Staircases in general
- Homeless people
- Ridiculously beautiful architecture
- Museums
- Epic searches for a not-too expensive meal
- Not so much in Paris but: our bus trip, it took way too long and now I have a cold.

The new slogan we thought up for Paris:

- “Subtlety? No we’re way too rich for that! NEEDS MORE GOLD!!!”

Also, French TV totally sucks. Everything is dubbed in French, or even worse: has French voice-overs. Like you’ll be watching a show and someone starts talking in English and you understand them perfectly and then some Japanese failboat starts yapping and you’re like, NOOOOOO I COULD UNDERSTAND THIS, WHYYYYY PARIS.
HOWEVER, one night, when we were desperate for entertainment, suddenly there was this thing of beauty, this ray of light in the darkness: the world championship pro wrestling. OH YES. One of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV, ever XD even with the French voice-overs.
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