Bangor to Paris

So I took a bus from Bangor, Wales to Paris, France. Naturally a ferry was involved, but I stayed on the bus the whole time. I stayed at a great little Korean hostel in Paris and packed everything I could into about two days. Unlike most travelers I talked to, I had an amazing experience in Paris.

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I finally got to practice French I had only read scattered among books (“Parlez-vous anglais?” I’d ask, while silently praying, Please, please, let them parley-voo onglay).

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I saw Notre Dame. Yes, it meets expectations.

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Why don’t we see more pictures of the back of Notre Dame? I think it’s lovelier than the front.

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Why did no one tell me Notre Dame is on a little island in the River Seine? So cool!

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Of course, there were gargoyles.

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The inside was stunning as well: stained glass, fierce Joan of Arc, chandeliers, relics, original medieval paintings on the walls.

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One aspect to traveling solo is that you can just wander around and see what you see. I was free to take two dozen pictures of the Eiffel Tower or take the long way around Notre Dame, circling a neighborhood to admire balconied buildings and street vendors.

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