A Perfect Day in Paris
Topdeck Days 1 & 2
The first day of the tour consisted mostly of travel. We all met in the foyer of Clink Hostel in London and from there we boarded the bus to Dover. From Dover we caught a P&O ferry to Calais, France. I like to think of the social side of Topdeck as the highschool experience on speed (I've also heard it being compared to Big Brother several times). If Topdeck was highschool, then the ferry ride was a little like the beginning highschool; mingling with others, getting to know everyone and eventually finding your place. The ferry ride also was one of the first of many opportunities that highlighted what social network addicts we all are- as soon as someone discovered there was free wifi somewhere, there was always a flurry of activity as people pulled out their phones and tried to connect.
Once we arrived in France we got onto our actual Topdeck bus and drove to our Paris accommodations. We were staying at B&B Hotel, nothing special but not bad either, however it was apparently in whats considered the "ghetto" of Paris. After we settled in, we went out for dinner. It was here that I tried snails for the first time, I wasn't as disgusted as I had anticipated I would be, however, I probably am not going to eat it again for tastes sake. After dinner we went for a night tour around Paris, pretty amazing seeing all these French icons such as the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge right in front of you.