Day 2: Bienvenue à la Ville Lumière!

Today we got up started our tour at 6:00 am. We met our tour group which consists of 2 Kiwis (New Zealanders), 2 Canadians (PC and Me), 2 Americans, a Scottish Tour Guide, and 30+ Aussies. They’re all very nice, and, for most of them, it’s their first time in Europe.

We got on a bus to catch a ferry in Dover. I got on the bus hoping to see the rolling hills of the English countryside, but only saw fog, trees, and more fog.

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The port where we left England is also home to The Cliffs of Dover. The white cliffs are a chalk-like rock made from the bones of hundred-thousand-year-old fish washing up on the shores of England. The cliffs were also a welcoming symbol to many members of the British Air Force during WW2, because when they were flying back and they could see the cliffs, it meant they were almost home.

After that we spent a few hours on the bus from Calais to Paris. By the way, (as our tour guide said) the roads and traffic rules in Paris leave a lot to the imagination. For example, the only lines on the roads mark bike lanes and the separation between two ways of traffic (no lane lines).

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After checking into the hotel, we went to dinner. We has Escargot for appetizers (aka snails). We got to have one each, but most people were grossed out because the snails were still in their shells. I’ve eaten them before (and they’re delicious) so I had four.

After that, we went on a two-hour bus tour of the City of Lights itself! We saw so many landmarks and so many lights! The inventor of neon lights, Georges Claude, was from Paris, so there are neon lights EVERYWHERE! Even the shopping street of Champs-Élysées has rules for its stores that it’s front lights must be white to honour Georges Claude. (This even goes for McDonalds, H&M and Disney!) Some other sites included, L’Arch to Triomphe, Sacré Coeur Church, Napolean’s Tomb, the Louvre, Moulin Rouge, Opera Garnier (after which The Phantom of the Opera was based), Place de la Concord, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower!

Every night at 9:00 pm, the Eiffel Tower lights up with some glittery lights. It’s so pretty!

Everything is so detailed and so beautiful! Tomorrow, we’re going to check out the Christmas Market in Champs-Élysées, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and much more!

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