While in Paris I had the opportunity to celebrate Le Fête National with the Parisians. I’ve celebrated Independence Day, Canada Day, and Australia Day so I was pretty excited to add Bastille Day to my repertoire – by the way, the French don’t call it Bastille Day, only the English do. The morning of Le Fête National I wandered the streets to buy my usual pastry and espresso, then headed to a little market to pick up some Fromage, saucisse, pain, and vin for lunch. I don’t know if this is actually what Parisians eat during their holidays, but it was très bon!
Feeling recharged after my delicious lunch, I headed out again to explore a bit more of Paris. I climbed to the top of Montmartre, which was a horrible idea because it was insanely hot out, but the stunning view from the top made it worth the climb.
Since it was a holiday and museums had free entry, I took the train to the infamous Louvre museum. The line to get into the museum was short, and immediately after entering, I was overwhelmed with the abundance of art – that museum was massive! I saw classics like the Mona Lisa and other beautiful works of art, but unfortunately my time there was cut short because the museum was closing. I would love to go back someday and spend the day browsing through the Louvre and admiring all of the incredible talents.
Later that evening I watched the fireworks explode off the Eiffel Tower. It was a spectacular show and I was so happy to be there and experience it. I shared a little video of the fireworks on my Instagram here. While the fireworks were amazing, the tube ride home, however, was a nightmare. It was packed to the brim, smelled of stinky socks and body odor, and extremely uncomfortable…but that’s part of the experience, right?? It wasn’t until later that evening when I heard about the attack in Nice and was completely shocked by the news. I remember sitting in my room feeling overwhelmed with a mix of fear, sadness, and gratefulness as I thought of how that attack could have been in Paris.
Paris is such a lovely city and I’m so glad to have created memories there – I can’t wait to return someday.