Day 2 in Paris! We had a lovely french hotel breakfast with croissants, french bread, fruit, and nutella. We took a field trip to VERSAILLES, right outside of Paris. It was absolutely gorgeous. Versailles was King Louis XIV's huge palace, and there are massive gardens surrounding it. There was scaffolding, as usual, and flowers still haven't really bloomed, but it was sunny and warm (!) and beautiful. Inside the palace are lots of paintings, sculptures, fancy bedrooms, and a magnificent hall of mirrors. Outside there were gardens, lakes & reflection pools, shrubbery mazes, and courtyards, in every direction. It was all so lovely.
Next we went to the Arc de Triomphe, which was so cool. It's Napoleon's giant arc (obviously) surrounded by the biggest roundabout i have ever seen, lots of cars zooming around. We walked to it underground and came back up right underneath it. There are all these inscriptions and sculptures carved into it, and the famous Tomb of the Unknown soldier was there (with a flame that's been continuously lit since WWI). We climbed to the top and saw an amazing view of Paris. It was a beautiful day! Up there we met Sarah, Kalyn, and Margaret, which was awesome... i love seeing BYU students in random places in Paris! We walked back down and wandered down the Champs-Elysees together. It's a big long street with high-fashion stores and patisseries galore. Pretty much everyhing French and fancy. And McDonalds of course... haha which is where I tried my first maccaroon! haha there was a little bakery stall inside McDonalds with cheaper maccaroons than anywhere else i'd seen so i got a chocolate maccaroon there. It was pretty delicious. We walked down the street awhile and I got delicious french bread and pain au chocolat. YUM bon appetit!