I'm very fortunate to live in a family that travels often. It's not unusual for us to go to Europe every year. And when we were there last, I got to go to Paris.
But let me backtrack a bit before I get too ahead of myself. Both my mom and dad were born in Germany and still have family there, so that explains going to Europe often. Since everything is really not that far away in Europe, my mom took me on a trip to Paris for my birthday this past September, which is only a five and a half hour train ride from where my grandparents live in Germany. To say that I was ecstatic when I heard the news is an understatement.
My mom and I crept out of the house at the ungodly hour of four thirty am - but that morning I didn't care about the time. My insides were churning with excitement, my heart beating faster than normal in anticipation throughout the whole train ride. My dream was finally coming true. For as long as I could remember, Paris was the city I'd wanted to visit the most. And here I was, speeding through the blackness of the morning to my dream destination.
After what seemed like forever, we pulled into one of the many train stations in Paris. I was greeted by a rush of French - a language I know very little of, gorgeous architecture, and couples embracing on the platform.
As we exited the train station, I gazed at everything in wonderment. I couldn't believe I was really in Paris. It was a wonderful feeling.
My mom and I checked into our hotel and deposited our luggage, then headed out into the city again. Even though the weather was rather dismal and drizzled throughout the day, nothing deterred my excitement. I clutched my camera close to me and photographed something at least twice a minute. I was in heaven. And then, while crossing a bridge, I suddenly saw a tip of a tower. Could it be? Really? But it was. It was my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, if only the very top of it. It's a moment I will always cherish. We also went to Notre Dam - it was spectacular.
|stained glass window at the train station|
The next morning dawned grey once again, much to my disappointment. But I wasn't going to let weather get in the way of my fun and pushed the thought out of my mind. Since the skies threatened rain, we decided to spend the morning at the Louvre. I couldn't believe my eyes as I walked through the museum, viewing pieces of art that I'd seen in textbooks countless times.
|the pyramids at the entrance to the louvre|
And then I saw it. The Mona Lisa. I have to admit that it's not my favorite painting, but seeing the famed lady in person was incredible.
|the mona lisa|
We visited Napoleon Bonaparte's apartments next, also located in the Louvre. I spied the Eiffel Tower from a window - the most I had seen of it so far.
|the eiffel tower from napoleon bonaparte's apartments|
Next, we decided to go to the Eiffel Tower. I was in absolute awe. I couldn't believe that after all these years of dreaming, I was standing in front of it. It was absolutely amazing.
On our third and last day in Paris, the weather decided to smile down upon us. We were blessed with sunny and seventy five degree weather - perfect for walking around the city.
|a busy paris street|
|view from our hotel room|
|the eiffel tower from sacre coeur|
|arc de triumph|
All to soon, it was time to board our train to go back to Germany. I stared out my window at the Paris skyline until I could see it no more. We arrived back at my grandparent's house at five am and tumbled into bed. When I awoke later that morning, I had a hard time believe that I was in Paris only hours before. But I'm so thankful that I had the chance to go on this trip of a lifetime.
|the eiffel tower|
i'm carlotta. i write, i photograph, i design things. i blog at pastor's girl's ponderings. even though i like bright colors, i'm pulled to neutrals such as grey and white. i love fashion. i'm a klutz extraordinaire. i live in the plains of oklahoma. i never leave the house without mascara on and two hairbands around my wrist. i live for oreos and i'm convinced chocolate is the best thing on the planet. it's a pleasure to meet you.