Today we woke up a little unsettled as we were too tired last night to make a plan for today. We knew we didn't have anywhere to stay tonight but we couldn't stay in Paris any longer as we needed to get moving. After a long debate over if we should see the Louvre or the Castle of Versailles, we decided to go the Louvre. Afterwards we decided we would take the night train to Nicé. Since we didn't have a hotel, our previous one was kind enough to store our bags during the day.
We went back to the same market to buy fruit for breakfast again, the owner was so sweet, pointing to each fruit wanting to know the english world, laughing at us saying watermelon or strawberries.
We took the metro to the Louvre where we discovered it was HUGE. It was not just a building but a whole palace. It stretched out in a U form. It just blows my mind that people were able to make these types of buildings way way back. Without any machines and limited tool access, mostly just strength and man power. We waited inline for what seemed like a million and five years and then we were finally in.
I cannot even describe into worlds how freakin enormously large this place was. Like it doesn't even make sense why this building is so big. Why would the King of France need such an immensely large house?? It even had a basement!! Each room had a room, and in that room there was an even bigger room, then another hallway, it went on and on and on and we only went to one section! We saw the painting of David and Goliath, the Venus de Milo Sculpture and of course we fought through the crowd to take a couple pictures with the Mona Lisa. It's a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be, and looked just like the pictures on the Internet.. Haha.
After being lost while trying to get out, we got on a metro to go to the lock bridge, where I put a lock on for James, (you're stuck with me forever now James!>:) ). Then we walked along the streets and went into the stores before getting back on the metro to pick up our bags from the hotel and then back on it again to get to the train station.
Once we got to the station we were told we had to be two hours ahead of time before booking a spot. We were an hour and half ahead... Ugh! So we decided we'd just book a ticket for 7am the next morning and find a hotel. Unfortunately the station didn't have wifi so we couldn't look online, so we just began walking the streets looking for hotels.
I guess it was a long weekend or something, because we went to so many hotels and all of them we're booked solid. It was beginning to get dark and the worry of having to sleep in a train station set in. We stopped in a little hotel that didn't look like 5 stars, but it didn't look too awful. The man running it spoke English and seemed friendly. Although it was a little out of our price range, we decided we didn't have any other choice and paid the man. He walked us to the tiny iron elevator and shut the door on us.
As we opened the door to the room, I was shocked. It looked like something out of a scary movie! Stained green carpet, pink frilly wallpaper that was falling off, and splattered with what looked like blood. The baseboards looked like they were falling off and the chandelier was hanging by a wire. The beds were old gold iron frames; Gabby pulled back the mint green sheet to find black dog hair covering the white linen. It was absolutely disgusting.
Gabby worked up the courage to go ask for our money back, she dragged me along for support. The man that was friendly at the desk who spoke perfect english immediately refused to give our money back saying it was impossible and pretended he didn't understand. After arguing with us that it was impossible, we gave up and asked for clean sheets. He told us he didn't know where they were but told US to go and get them from another room. After seeing the second room was way cleaner than ours, we asked to stay there. He told us no, saying it was a higher price. So we went to one more room, I could feel my hands shaking I was so mad at this man. It looked a little cleaner so we decided to stay there. When we returned the key he said sorry and I told him to call the manager, again he refused, Gabby turned around and said "you're a mean man!" (Hahaha) and we went back to try to get some rest.
I slept in my sleeping bag liner I brought as I was too grossed out to sleep in the sheets. I hardly got any sleep as the thought of the hotel being haunted kept me wide awake!
We definitely learned our lesson to be more planned out for next time.
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