The second part of our favourite maknae’s diary musings whilst in Paris is out….
This portion of her Parisian experiences is entitled:
The Europe I dreamed of, the first in Paris, France. Enjoy !!!
Oh my goodness. Scenes which I’ve only ever dreamed of were unraveling before my two eyes. I saw the beauty of the Seine River which I’ve only seen in movies, watched the leisurely and free Parisians milling about, and smelt the sweet scent of chocolates and macaroons. We were given an off day today before the SMTOWN LIVE in PARIS performance, and while I was pondering in my happy dilemma of where I should go first, my interpreter unnie spoke to me.
“Where would you go if you ever came to Paris?” She asked.
I replied without hesitation, “The Eiffel Tower! And then I want to go to the Château de Versailles, and the Notre Dame de Paris, The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musée du Louvre, and the Paris Opera!”
Whew~! I was overflowing with places I wanted to go to.
After hearing the places which I wanted to see, unnie responded, “I’ll tell the driver where you want to go. Paris is even smaller than Seoul, so most probably we’ll be able to visit a lot of them.”
I was truly delighted and grateful, and I felt incredibly happy.
First, we started out by going to the Arc de Triomphe which was at the western end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. They said that it was constructed in remembrance of the soldiers who fought and died in the Napoleonic Wars, as well as the French Revolutionary. Be it from afar or up close, the Arc de Triomphe looked so beautiful when I saw it that I almost couldn’t believe it. Being able to see Arc de Triomphe in real life is unbelievable when I’ve only ever seen it in history books.
With an elated heart, the next place I visited was the Château de Versailles! It was a place which I’ve held of a fantasy of since childhood, and it was a place which I definitely wanted to visit one day. The Versailles, which contains memories of the famous Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette! The wide and endless sight of the Château juxtaposed with the blue skies was so blissful. Even though I was saddened to hear that the Château was too large for me to completely explore, just the fact that I’ve visited the Château de Versailles which I’ve always dreamed off makes me happy.
The next thing to see was the Eiffel Tower! I’ve anticipated it for so long! It was built for the Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair back in the 1880s. However, many Parisians were said to have thought that the tower was an eyesore and that it looked insightful. It’s truly fascinating how it eventually became the iconic landmark of Paris, and even France.
I viewed the Eiffel Tower from the Palais de Chaillot, and it was simply wondrous and beautiful. No words would be able to explain the beauty. Also, because I vowed to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower which would come at as beautiful as possible, I remember having to spend a long time taking the pictures until it came out pretty. Oh yes! You can’t forget the Notre Dame de Paris! Be it the interior of the cathedral or the exterior walls, the artfully crafted and designed details were simply jaw opening.
Ah, the Parisian sun only sets after 10! I think it’s a country with quite a long day~. However, it’s because of the long days that I could go to all these places and experience them. And so, this happy day which I spent experiencing the culture of Paris drew to a close…