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SO I WENT TO PARIS - COLLEEN'S TRAVEL BLOG
Yo. It’s your old friend Colleen. Remember how I said I was going to Europe and would frequently update my blog so my friends and family would know what I was doing? Well, that didn’t pan out. Anyways, the first stop on my Eurotrip was Paris, France. My plan was to fly one way from Pittsburgh to Paris and meet my Lindsay from LA on August 23rd. Thursday, August 23, 2018 Paris, France I took the red eye from Pittsburgh to Paris. I slept for exactly one hour because the guy behind me kicked my seat all night long. But it didn’t matter because when I arrived in Paris, the woman in customs thought I was European and tried to direct me into the European customs line. How flattering! I am so sophisticated and European already. Once through customs, I waited 5,000 years in line with all my luggage to get a ticket for the train into the city. Then I proceeded to get lost in the metro. Since I didn’t yet have a European SIM card, I just took screenshots of my directions to the Airbnb. Big mistake. I mixed up the sea foam green line with the periwinkle line and got so lost that I had to go all the way back to the airport train and start again. The Paris metro stations are apparently not handicap accessible, so I had to carry my 50 lb suitcase up and down like 40 flights of stairs. And I was wearing heels. Once, a Parisian man helped me to carry my suitcase. Down three steps. Thank you, monsieur. Once I found the AirBNB, my arms were so shaky that Lindsay had to carry my suitcase up to the fifth floor. But then we were so excited because we were together in Paris!!!! Yay!!! I took a quick shower and changed my clothes. Lindsay, not heeding my warning that her curling iron wouldn’t work right in Europe, proceeded to burn off a piece of her hair. We opened up the shutters to let in some fresh air and sunshine, though we were concerned that a pigeon would fly into the apartment while we were out exploring. We took the metro to the Eiffel Tower and we were actually shook by how big it was. It was a hot, sunny late summer day. Many tourists were outside taking pictures, and many people…