Last night, I was too tired to post so I went straight to bed instead of posting!
Yesterday morning, a few of us went to find cell phones. I feel a lot better now that I have a way to contact people, but I am definitely spoiled by having an iphone back home. After that, Maddie took us to a restaurant that she had been to before, where I had my first pizza on the trip!
Our first time meeting for class was in a cafe. Professor Smith talked to us about the expectations and what we will be doing for the month. I am really looking forward to going to a different part of the city each day and becoming an expert of the city’s layout and history. Hopefully it will make it so that I can navigate around the city myself! Afterwards, we walked around some and came across a 30 pound chocolate hippopotamus!!
MICEFA took the whole group to dinner at the Creperie de Cluny. (http://www.creperiedecluny.fr/). The crepes were so good! I had a ham, cheese, and egg crepe, followed by a chocolate one for dessert.
Following dinner, we went on a boat tour of the Seine River. There were spectacular views of Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and many other significant buildings because Paris was initially built along the river. The kings would have their palaces and other powerful buildings built facing the river so that everyone entering the city by boat would be impressed by the architecture and the power behind it. There are 37 bridges along the Seine! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bridges_in_Paris#Seine) They each had different designs based upon their time period and purpose, but are all stunning. Another similarity is that they all had to be at least a specific sight so that they would not impede boat traffic. The grandest of all the bridges is the Alexander III Bridge, which was completed in 1900.