Essay Calorie Free Macarons By Vintage Chanel And Hermes Handbags

1246 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Calorie-free macarons. Vintage Chanel and Hermès handbags for ten euros in every store. A view of the Eiffel Tower from every street corner. And handsome French garçons buying me croissants, vying for my amour. To my simple seventh grade brain, a parent-free Parisian jaunt with my classmates sounded like a perfect oasis, with only a mere five years separating me from my dreams. I’m a planner, there’s no doubt about it. Months before the official itinerary was issued during the spring of my junior year, I researched average temperatures, what stores were in walking distance of famous monuments, and how many crêpes I could buy without maxing out my credit card (exactly 14.7 per day if I bought nothing else). I couldn’t wait to see the Mona Lisa in all of its glory, tour my dream home, Versailles, and its surrounding gardens, and shop until I dropped on the Champs-Élysées. My brain devoured the idea of escargot, frog legs, and éclairs. I had Instagram angles and filters in mind, along with outfits that would help me blend in with the stylish French, instead of looking like the unfortunate American that I am.
But when it came time to take an infamous self-portrait in front of Lisa’s sly smile, my dreams shattered like the Louvre’s glass triangles. Da Vinci’s masterpiece is the sole occupant of the room’s largest surface--but it is the smallest painting in the entire museum and a wall of people blocaded me from the inches of bulletproof glass. When I finally elbowed my way to…

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