European Tour -- Day Eight Blog
May 27, 2012
PARIS, France - We went to the most highly anticipated city of the trip today, Paris. After a four-and-a-half hour bus ride from Mechelen to Paris, we arrived at the Eiffel Tower. We took a few pictures of the team with the Eiffel Tower as the background and were then free to tour the city. Les Smith was our designated leader today. We took a couple taxis from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triumph, a very large, artistic structure located on Paris's busiest and most celebrated street, the Champs Elysees.
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We took a lap around the Arc de Triumph, a memorial honoring all who have fought for France. Amazed by the traffic on the roundabout, we decided to take several pictures while there, then it was Les's job to lead us to a delicious lunch. We found a very nice French restaurant with a wide variety of French food. Our lunches consisted of foods ranging from swordfish to duck, and everyone was very satisfied with their choices. Also, being in France, we had to try some of the desserts. We had some chocolate cakes and strawberry shortcake, all very tasty.
When we were all full from lunch, we walked along the Champs Elysees and visited many stores. We roamed the streets for a while along with an enormous number of locals and tourists. We caught a taxi to take us back to the base of the Eiffel Tower. Since it was an extremely hot day, we found a park and some shade and relaxed for a little while.
It was almost time to return to the bus to head back to Mechelen, so we took one last scenic walk along the Seine River and saw some beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower before returning to the bus. Some members of the team got to experience the Paris traffic while in pedicabs. Eventually everyone made it back to the bus, and we returned to Mechelen, Belgium.
Tomorrow is our final full day in Europe, and we have our final game at 3 p.m., a rematch against the U20 Belgian National Team.