Getting to see three catholic basilicas in one day was just crazy. Learning some of the history and myths about the Pantheon in Rome was really neat. The myth that it never rained in the Pantheon, even though there was a hole nearly 9 meters in diameter in the roof. Using science to aid in determining the origin of this myth was also really neat, given that I’m a science major. Because there were nearly 1000 candles used to light the Pantheon, rain would evaporate upon entering the hole in the roof, thus giving the impression it could not rain in the Pantheon
Today we traveled from Rome back to London. The travel was much better than the travel from Athens to Rome. Once we arrived in London we met up with Isabelle, Professor Coy’s daughter, and went for dinner. Fish and chips were ordered in observance of being English and it was very good. Then we headed back for bed to rest up for our day in Paris!!!!
Today we went to Paris!!!! It was beautiful of course!! The Eiffel Tower has no comparison when you are seeing it in person!! The Louvre has amazing sights like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo which are both amazing works of art. And the souvenir shops literally don’t stop down this one street by Notre Dame. Stopping along the way for food and snacks that you will never see again in that setting, even macaroons!!! Which we bought to take home of course!!!
We spent the day in Paris seeing all the major sites: Notre Dame, the Louvre, and of course the Eiffel Tower. Notre Dame was beautiful. I never knew how tall it was, and the stain glass windows were absolutely stunning. I had never even seen a picture of the Louvre, so when we got there and Professor Coy told us just how big it was, I was baffled. The Louvre has to be the biggest museum I’ve ever seen. The Mona Lisa is there, but was rather anti-climatic. I’m not really sure why that piece of art is so celebrated; it’s definitely not because of its stunning beauty. There were by far more beautiful pieces of art in the Louvre. Pictures can not justify the Eiffel Tower. It is so much larger and more breathtaking in person. You can see all of Paris from its balconies. Paris was awesome, I just wish we could have spent more time there.
Another amazing day on this study abroad trip. We ventured to Paris today by train. Paris lives up to all the hype. We first went to Notre Dame (where the hunchback lives). It was beautiful. Then we took a walk down to the Louvre which is like the largest art museum in the world because I’m pretty sure I could have easily gotten lost in that massive place. The two main works of art among the hundreds that we saw were the Venus de Milo (it’s that statue of the lady without any arms… Also from Hercules whenever he skips the rock across the fountain and it hits the statue and breaks her arms off, wow I’m 21 and know way too many Disney references…) anyways then we saw the Mona Lisa. It’s the most famous painting ever. I’m not really sure why it’s so famous. It’s nice and all but I saw some much more interesting pictures at the museum. Next we went to the Eiffel Tower! It’s HUGE. I knew it was tall and all but I never imagined it to be as big as it was. We went up to the second tier and over looked Paris. We hoped onto the train back to London and arrived safe and sound, although very tired!
The day began by making a quick trip towards a small food cart to get some panini. We made our way back to the hotel and then we were off to the airport to fly back from Rome to London. Smooth sailing on the flights and we landed with no problems in London. We then meet with Isabelle (Professor Coy’s daughter) which was pleasant. We ate at a small pub that had a soccer game on and it amazes me how massive soccer is over here. It’s like how football or basketball is in America. Fans at the pub would cheer and yell for their favorite teams much like we do in America. I loved it since I am a soccer fan and you’d be hard pressed to find soccer playing at a sports bar in America. We then came back to the hotel to rest up for Paris tomorrow!