Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our final days in Paris

Sadly, our trip was coming to an end. We had one full day left in the actual  city of Paris and one day left in Disneyland Paris before we headed back to the states. On out last full day of Paris we started with a waking  tour towards the cathedral of Notre Dame. At the cathedral we took a tour to look at all of the beautiful gothic architecture and were even treated with a performance by a choir, their voices sounded so great in there! Afterwards we headed towards lunch and I bumped into one of my friends from another Girl Scout trip. It was so nice seeing her again, even if it was briefly. During lunch we had some free time to wander. My group went to the oldest book shop in Paris, did a little souvenir shopping, and ate some Greek food and gelato for lunch,
After lunch we headed to the louvre , which is a large art museum. We saw the famous Mona Lisa and then headed to check out the Egyptian section. We saw some mummies- even a monkey one!
Then we headed to dinner, where we had this really good flat bread pizza. It was probably one of my favorite meals of the whole trip.  After dinner we went up the sky scraper. mount- parnassse to see a great view of the city. Then we went on a river cruise. It was nice to sit down relax and just sight see a bit. Also on the boat was a school group from about ten minutes from my house back in the states. It was so weird running into them in Paris!! After the boat we headed over to the Lock Bridge, where we saw a brass ensemble play. Cyril danced for us and even put us in a conga line. It was such a fun moment!!
The next day we headed to Disney land Paris. It was very much like the Disney land in the states but we still had a lot of fun! I embraced my inner child and got my face painted and rode all of the little kid rides. It was great being a child again for a day.
Overall, I really enjoyed my trip. I made friendships and memories that will last a life time! I encourage  you to look into future council trips and destinations. Traveling with Girl Scouts is not something to miss!
Have fun in traveling,
Kristen

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Paris: Day 2

Hello again!
Since I have been back from the trip a while, I have really grown to miss all of the experiences and friends I made on the trip. While on the trip I made a really good friend in April. We were constant buddies and always hung out together on the trip. I will always remember playing our game of "il est beau" when we saw cute guys and sitting in the same exact spot every time we rode a bus. One of my favorite parts about taking trips through Girl Scouting is making friends like April.
So anyways, our next day in Paris was a great adventure! We started the day off with a bus tour of Paris. To be truthful I accidentally fell asleep during the tour (so tired from our exciting first day in Paris!) For the parts I was awake for, I really enjoyed. We had a tour guide that showed us all of the cool things in Paris, such as the lock bridges. On our tour we stopped for some quick pictures with the Eiffel Tower, and then headed to go to the city of Versailles.
At Versailles we split into two groups to tour. In my group we headed to get some lunch and explore the gardens of Versailles. For lunch I had a nutella crepe and it was soo delicious! I also really enjoyed exploring the gardens. The gardens at the castle are very large- Cyril said they are about 100 football fields large! My smaller group decided to just wander the gardens and get lost in them. While exploring we discovered an empty pedestal, so of course we got up on it and pretended to be statues. We also found an extensive rock garden that was actually put in the week before we got there. After exploring just a small portion of the gardens, I loved it so much that I decided that I wanted to be proposed to there.
After the gardens, we went to go tour the palace of Versailles. Versailles was built by King Louis XIV, and is a huge palace. We got to see the chapel of the palace and the private rooms of the royalty. It was neat seeing how royalty used to live. Our tour guide explained that they lived in great wealth but also in the public eye - they even had people who payed to watch the royalty dress in the mornings! All to soon, our time in Versailles was over and we headed back to Paris.
In Paris our tour guide took us to the Arc de Triumph, and the popular shopping street of Champs-Elysees. We then had some free time to do some shopping in small groups. My group did some souvenir shopping and then sat down to eat some macaroons. They were so good, and we tried so many different flavors. Personally my favorite was the milk chocolate macaroon!
We then went to dinner and then headed for some free time at the Eiffel tower. Some of our group decided to go up the tour and the rest of us decided to just explore the area. My group went to ride a carousel by the Eiffel tower, enjoyed some gelato, and walked on the river Sine. We then sat at the base of the tour waiting for the rest of the group to come down. It was awe inspiring to see it up light at night and twinkle! It was such a memorable sight. Then finally, our day was over and it was late at night. We went back to our hotel to rest up for our next day in Paris.

Until next time,
Kristen

Friday, June 27, 2014

C'est L'été

It is summer!!! or in French- c'est l'été!

We are home from the trip and I finally have time to catch back up on my blog. Sorry for all the late posts y'all.

So when we arrived in Paris our first day, it was the first day of summer! We got off the train around noon, and headed to our hotel. The hotel was right outside the city of Paris and in the local suburbs and was a great hotel. After putting our luggage away, Cyril decided to take us on a traditional French picnic and  we headed to a park right by our hotel. While waiting for our Cyril to go grocery shopping to get our food we wandered about the park. After climbing many stairs, we were rewarded by a gorgeous view of the city. We even saw our first glimpse of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Finally Cyril came back with our food, and we had a lunch of baguette sandwiches. We got to try some new foods, and I discovered that I loved brie cheese! We even got cake for one of the girl's birthday and Cyril sang "Happy Birthday" to her in French.

After our traditional French lunch, we headed into the heart of the city. To get there we had to use the city's metro. We learned our lessons about watching our stuff for pick pockets and experienced the crowds of the metro. But then we finally reached the heart of the city, and it was so beautiful and majestic. The architecture every where was old and great. We took a walk around the city to see what Paris was all about. We passed the upscale shopping of town, saw extensive parks, and saw the Louvre. We even got bombarded by Parisian boys who wanted to selfie with us!

Cyril's wife, who came with us our first day, then took us to some shopping areas of Paris. We got to go clothes shopping in some Paris stores! I personally got a dress and sweater from C&A, which is Paris's version of H&M! After shopping, it was time to head out to dinner. Cyril decided he would take us the scenic route to the restaurant. We walked about 45 minutes, but I enjoyed all of it. My friend who I had made on my trip, April, and I talked to Cyril's wife and tried to learn some French. We also got to look around at the less tourist part of Paris and just experience the city. After dinner, we were all tired so we headed back to the hotel. Overall, I think this was one of my favorite day of the trip!

Also here is some of the French that we have learned:

It is summer - c'est l'été.
He is cute - il est beau
Welcome - beinvinue
thank you - Merci
hello - bonjour

I will post soon about the rest of our time in Paris!
Kristen

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sorry I've been gone

 Hey guys today is our last full day of Paris!! It will be good going back home but also sad leaving Europe. Sorry I haven't written any blog posts for Paris yet. We have been extremely busy and also extremly tired. I promise to post as soon as I have time. Now off to Euro Disney! 
Kristen 

Ps here is a picture for your enjoyment 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Marking things off the Bucket list

Good morning everyone! It's a bright and early 6 am here! And we had to wake up at an early 4:45. But now I'm good, I've got my Costa coffee in hand (the Starbucks of Europe) and are waiting in the train station to go Paris today. We visited Pax Lodge in the morning yesterday , which is one of the Girl Scout World Centers! I get to mark going off of my bucket list. One of the things we did there was have a high English tea. The scones were delicious and the tea was great. It was neat experiencing a traditional English custom. Afterwards we went to the Glode Theater and saw an awesome sword fighting demonstration. Afterwards came my favorite part of the day - FREE TIME! We broke into smaller groups and went on mini adventures. My group went down to the banks of the river Thames where it was rumored we could find treasures. In our search we found sea glass and a piece of cool ceramic. Afterwards we wandered upon a street performer who was blowing very large bubbles. We being mature adults stayed there for a while and tried to catch the bubbles. I know this is a memory I will cherish for a life time. We continued to wander and laugh at many small things. For dinner we had fish and chips that were delightful! We then finished the night off with a little shopping. Can't wait until we are in Paris later today! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Because We Are on Top of the World!

Today was an exciting day full of fun adventures and touring! We started the day off with a tour of the London Tower, which is actually a castle and not just a tower. We got to see the Crown Jewels, which we absolutely stunning and we all wished they were ours. Personally the best part of the tour was just being able to see all of the different things and think "wow people actually used this hundreds of years ago." We even got to see a London guard there! 
Afterwards we went on River Boat cruise on the River Thames. It was nice to be able to relax and learn about the river and it's surroundings at the same time. On this cruise we passed under the London Bridge (thankfully it was not falling down).
Up next came a sight seeing tour where a local guide led us around different sites. We got to see lots of neat things like Buckingham palace and Westminster Abbey. I really enjoyed sitting on the steps where the lady fed the pigeons in Mary Poppins and enjoy coffee and people watch.
We then headed to dinner where we are Asian food (weird right?) and then went to go ride the iconic London Eye. At first it was a bit scary because of my fear of heights. I soon got over it because the views of the city were amazing!!( see picture at the top). We felt like we were at the top of the world! We then ended the day with a bit of shopping, and headed back to the hotel. Overall it was a great day and I can't wait to go see Pax Lodge tomorrow! 
Kristen 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Is it bed time yet?

Wow! Today has been a very long day. After arriving in London we had to sit and wait in the airport for another group of Girl Scouts...who missed their plane (which we didn't find out until after we had already waited 3 hours). But then we were finally in the bus on the way to our hotel. This was really fun for two reasons: our bus driver and being able to look at local London. Driving around we were able to see all of the typical London houses (so neat looking!) and more local areas of London, which is an unique experience. But it was really the bus driver who made the drive fun; he had a very charismatic personality. He explained how nice UK open jails were and how underage drinkers are thrown into juvie. The most exciting part was when he asked us to sing and he suggested we sing "The Wheels on the Bus", which turns out none of us know the whole song. So of course we then switched to singing Frozen. Before we knew it we were at our hotel. We met our director who then took us down to downtown London where we did a little souvienour shopping, took some pictures, and just admired the area. Some things we saw included Big Ben, the London Eye, two different squares, and the prime ministers house. By the end of it we were all so exhausted! We were experiencing jet lag and just plain tiredness from traveling and sight seeing. Most of us actually fell asleep on the subway ride back.
And now all I can say is, I'm thankful it's time for me to go to bed!
Kristen