Ah, the City of Love. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Paris before going there. I mean, I would want to go but it wasn’t on top of the countries-I-want-to-visit list. I always thought it was a cliché, what with all forms of art always depicting something about Paris — from music, movies, paintings, photographs..
But we were taught not to believe in something that we have no evidence for. After seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle during our second night, I was in love. It’s like the city pulled me into its heart and made me see and feel and experience its beauty and splendor. I was enchanted, even more so on our second visit the year after but that’s for another post.
I was able to squeeze in a trip to Versailles with my parents and a few friends before our second concert. Two things I wish we did: went earlier and took more photos. Since it was a Saturday, there were even more visitors! But the beauty of Versailles couldn’t dampen our spirits.
Short history: Versailles became the seat of power when Louis XIV moved there from Paris. It became known as the symbol of absolute monarchy in France, where the reigning monarchs showered themselves with luxuries while the people of France were living in squalor. It’s very evident until today that nothing was too expensive or too much in designing and creating the whole château.
On our way to Versailles!
Another super throwback post: Paris at the end of May 2011 with the ACGC. We were about to hit our two-month mark in Europe when we arrived in Paris. We were on the road nearing the city centre itself and everyone was suddenly wide awake staring outside despite the traffic. How can anyone be not excited about visiting Paris for first time?!
There are so many things to cover about our Paris stop for both the 2011 and 2012 tours that for the 2011 one, I decided to have 3 posts including this one. This one will be all about the activities of the ACGC in the city 🙂
Every time anyone saw a sign that said “Paris”, someone would shout. Haha! We were that excited 🙂