So eventually, I started to let go... though I think I got a little too lax about it. I was so lax that I uh, ended up overdrawing on my checking account. And my credit isn't doing so hot after finally purchasing my return flight home so yes, I was definitely in a bit of a pickle. But surprisingly enough, even with all of the stress from school and finances, I can safely say I had a wonderful time in Paris. However, like a lot of big cities I've visited (which admittedly isn't very many), I can only take it in small doses.
The next day we went to the Louvre, the Notre Dame, and took a walking tour of the Latin Quarter. The day after we went to Montmartre and checked out the Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge, walked to the Opera, ran into the Place Vendôme, ate lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries, visited the Musée de l'Orangerie, visited Sainte-Chapelle, walked to the Bastille, stumbled into the Place des Vosages, looked at the outside of the Centre Pompidou and the Kandinsky fountain, then walked along the Seine to watch the Tour Eiffel sparkle.
Needless to say, my feet were not pleased by the end of that particular day. And yes, we could just use our metro tickets, but they were perfectly allocated for our entire week, so. Yeah. Anyway.
After that day, which we planned to be our "chill day," we took an actual chill day. Allie, Sarah, and Adelaide went to the catacombs while I decided to take a closer look at the Centre Pompidou, which was so, so wonderful. I got a real kick out of the modern art museum in Nice, so I definitely wasn't disappointed here. I met up with everyone at the Musée d'Orsay, where I spent most of my time at the L'Ange du Bizarre exhibition. Dark romanticism is some cool stuff.
As for today, we spent most of our time at Château de Versailles. It was very, very shiny and proper and pretty much degoûtant in its excess. But it was a good time, eating our lunches right outside of the golden gates of Versailles.
It's so strange, thinking I've done all of this stuff in a matter of days. I picked up a few souvenirs, took some photos, and I feel that as far as first visits go, this one was pretty much a success. I didn't pick up any postcards, though, and I think it's probably because I'm already trying to plan my next visit back.
There I go again, my mind already planted in the future.