My second time in Paris is already miles different than my first time here, mostly because I am not alone. Having a local, French - English speaking contact allows me to explore the city in ways that would be impossible to do if I were on my own. For example, I would never have thought that a hop on - hop off tour in a double decker bus would be so fabulous.
Tour highlights included: Arc de Triumphe, Champs-Elysees, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Pont Alexandre III (the most beautiful bridge in all of Paris, in my opinion), Trocadero, Tour Eiffel, Champs de Mars, Hotels des Invalides, Place de la Cocorde (this is where Marie Antoinette was executed by guillotine in 1793), Opera Garnier, Louvre-Pyramide and Notre Dame to name a few.
The best part was getting insight to the culture, customs, history, foods, fashion and current events from my dear friend Angelica. She knew when to stay on the bus, when to hop off for the best pictures, where to sit on the bus, where to eat "fast food" (to Parisians, this means eating pasta with home-made pasta sauce in a take out box. Seriously?!) and having someone to teach me the metro. A feat I am discovering, slowly and by making mistakes.
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