In the summer of 2006, I went on the trip of a lifetime. My aunt and uncle took me to Paris, France for eight days. I look back on this trip and I do not even think of it as a vacation, I think of it as an experience of a lifetime.
We started our trip like any other — a six hour plane ride and a short bus ride until we arrived at the hotel. The hotel was gorgeous. It looked like it belonged in a movie. Immediately, we dropped all of our bags in our room and headed out to seize the day.
I’ll never forget what it was like to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time. A shiver shot down my body. This was it. I was really here.
To understand how much this trip meant to me, I need to take you back eleven years to a promise. One afternoon after watching a made for television movie about two sisters going to Paris, I looked to my aunt and said, ‘I would love to go there.’ Impressed with my interest with Paris, my Aunt made me a promise, that on my sixteenth birthday she would take me there.
Years passed and I never let her forget this promise. When she married my uncle, rather than trying to spoil our plot, he spoiled us and planned everything. Everyone had warned me not to expect a lot from this trip, because after waiting so long I would probably be disappointed, but I could not help it.
‘How could I not love Paris?’ I asked them. Their ideas were so wrong. Paris was everything I wanted it to be and more. The Eiffel tower did look different up close, but I was there, I was up close.
I was fortunate enough to eat dinner in Eiffel Tower and it was definitely not my most delectable meal in Paris, but it was probably the most unforgettable. My favorite place in Paris was Montmartre. After climbing over two hundred steps, you get to the top of Montmartre, where the Sacre Coeur church is located, as well as the artist district, vineyard, and museums.
In the artist district surrounded by beautiful paintings, sketches and designs, I felt almost at home. Walking through this area, we stopped for a drink and had a lovely conversation with some locals. It was here that I finally felt like I was here to learn about Paris, not just be a tourist here to see the Eiffel Tower and shop.
Other places we visited were the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Moulin Rouge, the Champs Elysee and Versailles. Each and every place seemed magical to me. There was not anything we did on this trip that we did not do the best. On our last day we took a river cruise down the Seine and passed by all the famous landmarks for the last time. Seeing everything lit up at night was gorgeous and made me fall in love with this city even more.
My least favorite part was getting on the plane to come home. I really did not want to leave. In the future I look forward to visiting Paris again. I hope to have an even better experience than last time, if that is even possible. What I hope most of all is to be able to take someone else and teach them, provide for them and do everything my Aunt and Uncle did for me. I am eternally grateful for this amazing trip and I will surely never forget it.
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