Travel Journal: Scotland
November has been an incredible month in Glasgow. The workload of all of my classes has picked up a bit as the end of the term comes to a close. But I still found time to fit in some travelling. This month, I went to Paris, London, and Edinburgh—three of the most beautiful and famous cities in Europe.
The first trip was Paris. Meghan, Bailey, and I met two friends from Centre—Mathieu, who is studying in Grenoble, France, and Jack, who is studying at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was great to see friends from home while being so far away. Over our weekend in Paris, we saw all of the famous sites—the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and Champs Elysees. It was fun to visit places that were made iconic by TV, books, and movies.
By far, the highlight of the trip was venturing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. We decided that we wanted to climb the stairs to the top. While we were waiting in line, it started pouring rain. We decided that we didn't care, so we began our ascent to the top of the monument. The stairs go two-thirds of the way to the top, and then you take an elevator the rest of the way. Not only did we feel extremely accomplished once we reached the top, but the view was absolutely stunning. By the time we reached the top it was dark, so we saw the lights of Paris at night. Ever since I was a little girl, I expected to feel the atmosphere and ambiance of Paris someday. I felt that at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
While in France we also spent a day in Versailles, which included a visit to the chateau where Marie Antoinette lived. I was in awe of the extravagance of the entire property. I've never seen such elaborate paintings and textiles. I'd been told that Versailles was not to be missed—it's so true.
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