Women's Soccer Sends First Dispatch from France
Day 1 and 2, by junior Darcy Hargadon
"We want to start this blog by giving a shout out to [teammates] Kathy Jones and Sarah Mendenhall. We miss you guys so much and, trust us, the trip isn’t the same without you.
We started our journey in Newark, N.J., where we loaded up onto a plane and took off across the Atlantic. Highlights of the flight included watching many amazing movies (especially Gabby Ragazzo who watched DreamGirls while I (Darcy) sang along with every song from three rows back), and lots of sleep after a tough midterms week. At around 9 a.m. Paris time, we touched down at DeGaulle Airport, lugged and dragged our luggage through the airport ([strength and conditioning coach] Angie [Brambley-Moyer], we are logging this as a lift) and hopped on a bus to our hotel. The Royal Hotel of Paris, is amazing. Right away, we went to a café next door for breakfast. Almost everyone got an “Omelette Mixte”, which was just a ham and cheese omelet. Since we were essentially running on only a few hours of sleep, there were many coffees ordered. At the café, we ran into a Princeton alum named Mina, who graduated in ’07. We talked to her for a long time and got tips for the greatest spots to hit in Paris.
After breakfast, we headed out to downtown Paris to sightsee. Good news is that this weekend we get to take the Metro for free because apparently there is too much smog. We can’t tell the difference. So we hopped on the Metro to the area around the Louvre and then walked back, taking in all the sights. The afternoon was absolutely perfect, sunny with a light breeze. We then headed back to the hotel for some much-needed downtime.
Our final event of the night was a fabulous boat cruise down the Seine. It was a bit chilly on the boat but we soon forgot about it as we stared in awe at the beautiful sites and architecture. We saw the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower (lit up at night), and for those romantics out there, we cruised underneath the many lock bridges. If you’re reading this, Kacie’s [Kergides] future husband, just know that this is how you should propose. The “pièce de résistance” of the whole night was going right by the Eiffel Tower as it was lit up for the night (See the thousands of pictures we took). Check out our pics on instragram at #PWStakesParis.
Then we went to dinner and headed back to the hotel to finally get some real sleep. Looking forward to another amazing day tomorrow!"