June 04, 2010
It's our first day in Paris after arriving early yesterday morning. It's 7:52am and with our windows open you can hear the city come alive. Men lugging boxes full of bottles of wine up flights of stairs, constant honking, whistling and the occasional "bonjour monsieur." Yesterday we went to the Notre Dame Cathedral and it was amazing. When we saw it from a distance, it was remarkably large in scale.
The interior was 10 times as shocking. Ceilings hundreds of feet high with renaissance architectural columns set on a foundation built in 1192. Since I'm an aspiring architect, I learned about Notre Dame in my history books quite extensively. Let me tell you, seeing it in person is way more educational (no offense to my history profs). It teaches you how powerful and influential the Catholic Church is and was. I can't imagine the environment on a Sunday Mass in the 13th Century. The history here is incredible. Today we plan on setting foot in the Louvre to witness some European artwork dated back to the 12th Century. Included is works by Picasso, Monet, DaVinci, Michelangelo and others. I can't wait to see the original Mona Lisa! After, we're catching a boat to go up the Sien River to witness the Eiffel Tower in all its glory. The anicipation is growing by the minute. For now, I'm headed to the shower for 2 Euro. Wish me luck.