It was an amazing trip. I was the only one from my school who went, and one of three from Michigan. It was my first time traveling to Europe, and I was doing it without knowing anyone else who was going to be there.
I was also going on this trip that many consider an Art student's dream destination, without knowing really what I was seeing. I knew about the Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa, but I was so uninformed about so many things before I went. One of my biggest regrets was not taking the trip to Versailles because we opted to shop instead (total idiot girl thing to do, I know).
Well, I am lucky because I get to do it all over again. Once again, I am going to Paris without knowing anyone else first. I am going to see the Mona Lisa again, the Eiffel Tower, and I get to have a redo at the palace of Versailles. I get to see paintings and sculptures and go to places that I have studied and read about and this time I will get the full impact of what I am seeing as I see it (instead of after my first college Art History course when I realize I saw paintings/sculptures being discussed in slides, but had no idea what they were when I was seeing them in real life).
I am also going to go back to the way things were when I went back in 1999. I decided to take this trip unplugged - no computer - just my sketchbook and camera, like the first time around. I will post when I get back into town and share my sketches and pics. Until then, Au revoir.