A Summer in Paris - My Family Travels

I remember the time I went to Paris with my family. That was a trip that I will never forget. That was the first time I ever went anywhere outside of the city of Miami. It was on the summer of 8th grade. I remember it being so hot. I was so excited when I got the news that we were going to my favorite place in the world, Paris! I just couldn’t believe it! I packed my bags ahead of everyone in my entire family.

I remember feeling really sleepy when they woke me up at about 3 to get ready so we can go catch our flight in time. Everyone was rushing around the house making sure everything is in order for our departure. I was the only one trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep. But by the time we were in the car driving and were on are way I was almost fully awake. For me it toke forever to get to the airport. When we finally got there we had to wait some more for the security people to check us and in a line to get inside the plane. We were in coach so it wasn’t that bad. I couldn’t believe I was going to go on my first airplane ride until I was sitting on the airplane seat getting ready to take off. The captain came on the speaker and told everyone that they were getting ready to take off and they needed to put their seatbelts on. I did as I was told; I wasn’t trying to kill myself. I hold my breath as I hold on to the arm bars so tight my fingers started to hurt. My eyes were closed tight I only opened them bit by bit when I knew and I felt like the plane was flying at a normal steady pace.

We finally landed sometime around whenever. Everyone was exhausted so we just got a taxi, drove to our hotel, and went straight to sleep. We didn’t even unpack our bag, that’s how exhausted we were. But I wasn’t that tired, I wanted to start the fun right now. We stayed at Hotel Apollon Montparnesse, it was small but beautiful. The next day I woke up really early, like around 8. I didn’t forget that we were in Paris. Once everyone was done cleaning themselves up we set on to do some sightseeing. First was the Eiffel Tower.

It was even more gorgeous than the pictures I seen. I wanted to climb all the way to the top because I was so excited. And they actually let me. I couldn’t believe it; I climbed up there so fast that I bumped into people. After about the 10th story I got really tired. I remember stopping every few minutes to catch my breath. They weren’t playing when they said it was a long walk. But it was worth it, Paris looked even more beautiful from the top.

Next we went to the Louvre Museum, which was a learning experience. We visited sites like Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou, and other sites. We ended it off by having dinner at Taillevent. The food was “merveilleux”. Everywhere in Paris was beautiful beyond compare.

I can’t wait to visit there again. I was so sad when we had to leave; of course we still got school. I never wanted to leave. I won’t ever forget the sites especially the Eiffel Tower and Taillevent. And I can’t forget all the French l had learned. This memory is going to stick with me for life.

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