August 22, 2010

Quinnipiac Men's Basketball In Europe: Day 7

We just got in from our third game, and we got back on the right track with a great win here in Paris. It was a tough game, but we played with great energy from start to finish, adn executed on both ends of the court. I think everyone still had a bad taste in their mouths from our loss in Belgium, and we came out fired up and ready to play. Our pressure defense and physical offense proved to be enough to drive us to victory. We will play one more game here in France on Monday, and then we will head back across the pond for the U.S. of A.

Today was our first real day in Paris. It is an incredible city. I think you would need at least a month to see everything Paris has to offer. So many of the buildings here are very elaborately decorated. Gold statues, stone columns, and hundreds of various sculptures on the outside of buildings are just some of what makes these buildings so unique. All of these beautiful structures are massive as well. Each building is fit for a king.

We started our day with a bus tour of the city. There were so many sites and landmarks that we saw, it would be impossible to do it justice in just one short blog. We saw beautiful city squares, and the Leauve, which is a magnificent city square where the opening scenes of "The Da Vinci Code" were filmed. Then we saw the arch on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where the Tour de France concludes, and we saw the site of Princess Diana's infamous car crash. We caught glimpses of the French President's home, Auguste Rodin's famous "The Thinker" statue, Napoleon's burial site, the Notre Dame cathedral, and an amazing bridge built for the World's Fair. It was an extraordinary tour through the city.

After the tour, we had some time to go out on our own and explore the French capital. Most of the team made plans to rent a bicycle and ride it around the city, however the rental kiosk would not accept our American credit cards. Apparently the credit cards from the U.S. don't have a small chip that is located on the face of French cards. So myself, Raheem May-Thompson, and Kevin Tarca went out and re-located some of the highlights of our bus tour so we could walk around and take pictures. We even caught a sneak peak of the Eiffel Tower, but we are going there as a team tomorrow which will surely be a great experience.

Tomorrow I am looking forward to exploring more of the explore city, and I hope to get to go inside the Notre Dame cathedral. We will be taking an evening cruise on the Seine River tomorrow which will certainly provide us with some astonishing views of the city. It's nearly one o'clock in the morning here in Paris now, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the TV speaking in all French. I think that means it's time for bed. Goodnight from Paris!