Last, but not least: Ireland
Alright. A lot has happened (or at least it feels like) since my last entry.
As it turns out Orleans didn't have much, but then we took a train to Blois. Blois is a little town with shops, restaurants, a chateau, and Houdini's house! It was SO hot that day, so we spent a long time just hanging out in the shade, drinking cokes, and looking out over the city and river.
The next day we spent around Paris again. This time we saw the Arc de Triumph, Champs Elysees, and Trocadero. But, the best part of our day was on our way to the Eiffel Tower. We found the fountains (the ones in front of all the Eiffel Tower pictures) and it turns out that everyone swims in them! So we hopped in too! It was nice and cool, and so much fun. Emily met a girl, Allison, from San Diego (just graduated from Berkeley) in the fountain and she ended up coming up to the top of the Eiffel Tower with us.
The line for the tower was long, but worth it. I'm not sure I would pay to go up again, but its definitely something I had to do at least once! We took lots of pictures at the top and there is a video of Allisson's of us spitting off the top floating around on YouTube, too.
We finished off our time in Paris at a cafe in front of the Notre Dame. We had drinks and I finally got my French Onion Soup!! It was so neat to hang out in a Parisian cafe looking out at everything all lit up.
The next morning we got up at 5:15 to catch a train, to catch a taxi, to catch a plane to Dublin. We had issues (again) with our baggage. I swear the airport scales are all off. This time I had to take half of my clothes out of my suitcase and force them into my backpack. And I hid a purse under my jacket (only one carryon allowed). But everything worked out and we are now in Dublin!
Yesterday we just wandered the city and had dinner early then went to bed since we were so tired. I had a delicious slow cooked beef and Guinness stew. I am going to have to learn how to make it.
Today we went on an all day tour. We went all the way across Ireland stopping at various spots to get to our main destinations, the Cliffs of Moher. Everything was so green, and there were so many sheep! It was a tiring day, but so neat to see that much of Ireland.
Tomorrow Monica goes home. We are all very, very sad. Emily and I will be sleeping in then roaming around and eventually hitting up the Guinness distillery tour. Then on Friday we're going on another tour around Wicklow. Saturday morning we head home! I love Europe so much, but I'm ready to get home!