Welcome to Katie's Travel Blog. This is really Jenny-doesn't-get-to-travel blog where I (mom) keep track of Katie's adventures so I can have some vicarious enjoyment! Here's a look at what one globally-aware kid from little Santa Cruz, California gets to do these days if her mom's willing to keep working!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Day 18: The Eiffel Tower! Finally! Mission Accomplished!

Today is the last day of the trip and their last day in Paris.

They barely arrived and yet they need to do as much as they can in the little time they have left. They will get to the top of the Eiffel Tower (finally, Katie, finally!) and then move over to the Louvre.

Katie says they haven't had any time to shop and didn't get to buy anything in Montmarte today. I guess they are always running late and are behind all the time.

I did get a great text this morning at 5:35 my time that has pretty much made my whole day!

Katie said wherever they went, she could spy the Tower and poor Mariah may need a new arm because Katie smacked her so hard with excitement! We may owe Mariah a dinner or something. Sheesh.

The had escargot today and when Katie told me the story, it started like this, "How come I always have to be the spaz when it comes to eating?" (a question long asked and never answered). "Everyone had a strategy for eating their snail. Some people swallowed it with water, some chewed quickly and drank some Coke, so I planned out my strategy," she explained.

The aspiring escargot.
"I got my snail and started chewing. I had my drink ready. It didn't taste that bad. Not at first. But then - it was pretty chewy - the taste started to change. And this juice started coming out. The juice tasted terrible! So I swallowed. And then I choked," she said pausing.

The cooked escargot.
"Not a little a lot!" she exclaimed. "My throat must be small, and well, it's still sore and I still have a really stuffy nose, but anyway, I choked and then it all came back out. On my plate. It was disgusting and the thing really looked like a snail when I coughed it back up. The whole table was grossed out."

That's my girl. All class.
People to People Itinerary: MONDAY, JULY 16: Paris, France
  • Admire a dazzling view of Paris! There's only one place to go: take the elevator up to the top of the Eiffel Tower (899 feet) which was built for the 1889 World's Fair to commemorate the French Revolution.
  • Enjoy a guided exploration of one of the most important art collections in the world, the famous Musee du Louvre. You will visit the principal parts of the museum - including a look at Leonardo's masterpiece, Mona Lisa.
  • Today is your last evening in Europe! Gather for your farewell meeting! Share the best moments and most memorable experiences of the past weeks. What was YOUR favorite highlight and why?
The Louvre.

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