Let’s Test These French Skills

Today we woke up at 5 am and headed to St. Pancras Train Station to catch our 6 am train to Paris, France! The train ride was smooth and pretty uneventful. After arriving at Gare du Nord around 9 am, we took the Metro to the Eiffel Tower. We had brunch at a cute little cafe near the Eiffel Tower. I attempted to use my skills from my 3 years of French class, but I barely got past ‘bonjour!’ After having brunch, we walked through the park to the Eiffel Tower! It was absolutely beautiful; just like I was expecting! We didn’t have time to go up into the Eiffel Tower, but it was still really cool! We then walked towards the River Seine and consulted the map to figure out how to get to the Hard Rock Cafe.

We figured out how to get to the Hard Rock Cafe and decided to stop at the Arc de Triomphe because the Metro stop was on the way. Unfortunately, it decided to start raining while we were on the Metro, so we just went up and got some pictures and headed to the Hard Rock Cafe. When we arrived at the Hard Rock Cafe, the rain had slowed down, so it wasn’t too bad. After acquiring my shot glass, we walked around for a little while. We found the Academie National de Musique and a cute souvenir shop. Our train back to London was leaving at 6:30 pm, so around 4:30 pm, we decided to head back to Gare du Nord.

Upon arriving at Gare du Nord, we attempted to head towards security and to our train platform, but noticed that there were cops blocking the stairs to security. We had no idea what was going on, because none of us spoke enough French to understand what anyone was saying. We were afraid that we were going to miss our train and be stuck in Paris for the night. After about 30 minutes, we heard a large BANG! and we got really scared. An announcement came over the loudspeaker in both French and English that said there had been an unidentified suitcase left on one of the platforms and the bomb squad had disposed of it. It said that security would be opening in 10 minutes. We made it through security and to our platform without any issues and with 15 minutes left before our train left. We arrived back in London around 7:30 pm and headed back to our hotel. Paris was a lot of fun, despite the rain and bomb scare, but I felt that it had been romanticized so much in movies that I felt a little disappointed upon seeing it in real life.


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