Today was a pretty relaxed day. We went to breakfast, and after that, we went to l’eglise St-etienne du mont, which is where the remains of St.genvieve and pascal and others are kept. This was a really nice church, and some people think it is one of the most beautiful churches in all of France because it has a different architecture. There are stairs that go above the alter, and they are so amazing. We got to see where the remains of St.genvieve are kept, and actually got to see part of her thumb bone. It was pretty amazing. Then we got to see where pascal was kept, and where some others are kept as well. We sat in the church for awhile and just thought about stuff, and this church was also nice because it wasn’t very crowded.
After we went to the church, we went to the Panthéon, which was right across the street. It was originally built as a church, but now holds the cryptes with some of the most important French thinkers. We walked in, and it is this huge building with all these floor to ceiling paintings on the walls, and then in the middle is Foucault’s pendulum, which was so amazing to see. He hung the original in the exact same spot. It was so cool to see after taking a physics class. After we saw the top, we went down to the cryptes, where the main pieces in the beginning were Rousseau and Voltaire, which is funny because they were rivals, and now their bodies are facing each other. My favorite part was where the Curies were held. They had notes written to them, and some people put flowers there. There were so many notes in all different languages and on all different types of paper. It was cool to see.
When we left the Panthéon, we walked down the street to a tiny café and picked up lunch, and went and ate on a street corner. I had a small cheese pizza, pain au chocolat, and an orangina. It was a really nice lunch outside, the sun was shining, and everything was great.
After lunch, we went to les jardins de Luxembourg, where we saw where the senate sits in France. The gardens were super busy, but they were super beautiful. All the little kids were running around a fountain with their boats. It was so cute to watch this little girl push her boat around. We learned a little bit about the Medici family and their influence on France. After that, we were on our own for awhile. Most of us went back to the hotel and then went to Monop for a cheap dinner.
After dinner, we went on a boat tour of the Seine. It was a little windy and chilly on the boat, but it was cool to see Paris from that perspective. On our way to the boat tour, we stood on the bridge where lady diana was killed. There were all sorts of messages written on the wall, and it was kinda depressing there. The boat tour made up for it. One group of guys on the shore mooned the boat, which was kinda funny. We saw the Eiffel Tower and it was gorgeous. I definitely like looking at it more than looking from it.
When we got off the boat, we stood on a bridge and watched the light show for the Eiffel tower, which was cool to see it all sparkly. Laura and I danced on the sidewalk on the bridge, which was pretty fun. After that though, we just went back to the hotel and went to bed!