Monday, February 20, 2017


Email from June 26:

We left Edinburgh this morning. We walked past the castle, grabbed a bite of food for the road, and boarded the bus to the airport. We found, upon arrival, our flight had been delayed a bit. So, we had giant hot chocolates (mugs with two handles!) and hung out. I took the opportunity to be sorted by the sorting hat on Pottermore. I was sorted into Hufflepuff which I was livid about, but then immediately after that, I lost my boarding pass and had to go find it (I did), so I'm at peace with the sorting. Tom, of course is Gryffindor.

We arrived in Paris around 3:30pm. We took the bus from the airport to the city and walked a few blocks to our hotel. It is pretty nice, but the room is pretty small (with an oddly large bathroom nearly the same size as the room. Then we headed out to Montmartre. We hiked up to the Sacre Coeur and caught the end of a Sunday service in the basilique. It was nice to see the church lit up inside for the service, and there was a nice long organ postlude.

It was really crowded up there, but we've realized everything here is so crowded because of the Euro 2016 going on. It's crazy! We walked around the area and then took the Metro to Notre Dame.

We walked across the bridge and ate some dinner crepes and dessert crepes in the Latin Quarter. Then we walked and walked and walked to get to the Eiffel Tower. I looked forward to sitting in the grass in front of it, but we found HUGE barracades of police cars and security. We realized the whole area had been turned into the "Fan Zone" filled with food booths and lots of TVs showing the games. We walked in and were frisked twice and had our bags checked twice. Security was unreal. And then there were giant TVs all over with the biggest one, which must have been 50 feet tall, right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Everyone was wearing a flag of lots of different countries. It was very festive and we stayed and watched the Hungary/Belgium game for a bit before heading home. We just got in around 11pm.

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