Blue Demon Softball on Cruise Control
June 15, 2017
PARIS – Day two of the DePaul softball team’s tour through France and Italy brought the Blue Demons to some historic Vincentian sites and a scenic cruise along the world famous Seine River.
Here is Haydn and Missy’s report.
Our second day in Paris was filled with history and sightseeing. We started our morning with a delicious breakfast of Nutella crepes and chocolate croissants in the hotel, then began our trek to follow in the footsteps of Saint Vincent de Paul.
The first stop on Thursday was the Congregation of the Mission where St. Vincent himself was buried. His remains were encased in a wax embodiment within the church. Well, 76% of him that is. The rest is spread across the world as gifts and in memoriam.
It was so surreal to see the man whose name is above our very own doors of DePaul University!
Next, we traveled to the headquarters of the Daughters of Charity where Saint Louise de Marillac is honored. The church was gorgeous with white walls and gold trimmings. If you ever find yourself in Paris, we strongly recommend visiting. Just make sure you cover your knees and shoulders. Unfortunately, we had to learn the hard way on that one...
After lunch, we walked through the beautiful gardens of Luxembourg. Every square inch was filled with perfectly trimmed trees and fountains. Being a hot afternoon, all of the locals were enjoying picnics of cheese, bread, and wine in the shaded grass. Some were even sunbathing and sailing toy boats in the fountains.
The area was a perfect photo op, and DePaul softball took full advantage of it. Finally, we got to rest our feet with a relaxing boat tour down the Seine River. The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum looked stunning from the edge of the water.
For dinner we went to a small restaurant in the Île de la Cité. The three courses consisted of a spinach and cheese pasta to start, peppercorn steak and potatoes as the entrée, and strawberry sorbet and coconut ice cream for dessert.
Needless to say it was one of the best dinners we have ever eaten and surpasses the American meals we usually eat. Au revoir for now!
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