Larisa Choir Tour to Barcelona and Paris 2018! travel blog

Tower Selfie

Tower Group Photo

Arc de Triomphe

Sacre Coeur

Thursday morning began with an early wake-up catch the train to Paris! The parting from Barcelona was bittersweet since we all enjoyed our time there so much, and at the same time, the anticipation of singing at Notre Dame was building! I thoroughly enjoyed the 6.5 hour train ride from Barcelona to Paris. The scenery was so picturesque, there was room to spread out and sleep, and there was a food car to grab coffee and snacks. :)

Our tour guide for the day, Sam Kunkle, met us at the train station and led us to the coach bus that would drive us around the city for the afternoon. He did an incredible job of familiarizing us with the city, its neighborhoods, ways to navigate, and how to prioritize what to see, so that we would be able to make the most of our short Paris visit and free time in the city. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. We had great fun celebrating our arrival in Paris by taking photos of the iconic monument (see attached photos). In addition to the Eiffel Tower, Sam showed us Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, drove us along the Seine River, and eventually had the coach drop us off near the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart Cathedral) for dinner.

We walked a pedestrian street to capture the best view of the Sacre Coeur and make our way to Montmarte (the Artist District). There is so much history in that neighborhood regarding famous artists that lived and worked in that neighborhood, and to this day, the neighborhood supports local artists by renting 1 meter spaces in the neighborhood square for artists to work and sell their original pieces.

The restaurant that provided us dinner was right by there, and we thoroughly enjoyed our first taste of French cuisine and wine! Following dinner, the coach bus drove us out to a suburb of Paris called Rueil-Malmaison where we were able to unload our luggage and settle into a lovely hotel room complete with a tea and espresso bar, soaking bathtub, and complimentary French chocolates! My goal was to get some good rest since we had our community concert the next morning-- Notre Dame, here we come!

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