I have always dreamed of traveling outside the United States of America. This past summer, that dream came true, as I participated in a program by the American Council for International Studies. This program had students of Epinal, France, my hometown’s sister city, travel over to La Crosse, Wisconsin, and stay with a family for almost a month in the summer of 2008. Then a year later, the American students, traveled to Epinal to stay with a family for about a month in July. We then spent four days in Paris, in which I had a great time and had some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
The next morning, we got up and had a tour guide lead us on a tour of a small portion of Paris, seeing the Champs de Mars, Napoleon’s Grave, and Notre Dame Cathedral. That night we had a boat ride along the SeineRiver, in which we got to see the beautiful lights of Paris from the water.
Then next day we had a morning visit to the Louvre. I saw many famous paintings, such as the Mona Lisa. When Gus and two of my other friends, Fritz and Lucas, found the statue and sculpture area, we imitated the many statue positions. I was imitating a statue of Hermes and just about to relax my position, when a couple of British tourists came by and asked me to hold the pose again, so I did. I think it is fun to meet strangers like that.
The rest of the trip was magnificent: going up on top of the EiffelTower, the Sacre Coeur church, and seeing more of Paris. I loved the city and how it was shown to us, but some of the greatest things that happened were those little unexpected surprises that I will always remember.
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