Aug 22, 2013
The Louvre -- by Nicole Elmblad
Bonjour tout le monde de Paris, le deux jour ! Or hello everyone from Paris, day two! After a long day of travel and sightseeing, we finally caught up on some sleep last night and have adjusted to the time. This morning we ventured to the Louvre, one of the largest art museums in the world, and all I can say is 'Wow!' What an incredible place to visit. Not only was the artwork spectacular, but the Louvre itself was unbelievable. There was just so much history in one place, with the architecture in all of the rooms, the sculptures from Michelangelo, and then of course the world famous Mona Lisa from Leonardo de Vinci (which most of us weren't even able to get very close to with the huge crowd that constantly surrounded it). There is so much more I could tell you about and we didn't even come close to seeing the entire Museum.
After the Louvre we headed back to our hotel where we enjoyed a nice pregame meal at a cute little French restaurant. If you were wondering whether it's true that the French love there bread, well it most definitely is! Every meal we've been served here so far, including breakfast, has come with never-ending baskets of baguettes and oh is it good! Unfortunately though, I still haven't gotten a French crêpe yet, so I will definitely be on the lookout for them before we leave France. Later today is our first game and then our much anticipated trip to the Eiffel Tower, so for now it is time to rest up and get ready.
À bientôt! (See you later),
The Game -- by Danielle Williams
Not every day is game day! Game day is special and putting on a Michigan uniform is a sensation that is unforgettable, especially for the first time. The energy from the players and the entire staff was evident from the moment we got on the bus to go they gym. Being in Paris things are done a little differently. The venue reminded me of AAU days. After arriving and getting our shoes on, we began shooting and then our warm-up. Throughout there was a cacophony from the players talking to one another with words of encouragement to the coaches talking to the players. Back in the locker room Coach Arico gave the team a pre-game speech and went over the focal points for the game. To conclude the team did a pre-game, which basically gets everyone hyped and excited for the game.
We had a strong start, getting out in transition, pushing the ball and getting easy transition buckets. From start to finish the team shared the ball extremely well always making the extra pass. Even if someone was not playing they were still on the bench encouraging their teammates and talking to them. Defensively we did a good job pressuring them and making them feel uncomfortable creating turnovers. This also led to a little bit of early foul trouble, putting the other team in the bonus early on. The second half started a little slower, but once we got in the flow it was similar to the first and we ended up winning the game by a large margin.
After the game, back in the locker room we spoke of various aspects of the game. Once the coaching staff entered we sang the fight song, which is a ritual after victories. Then we celebrated having a pizza party. Overall, it was a great experience playing in an actually game with my teammates and seeing what all of our work and practices had amounted to; as well as playing in a different country and a different team.
The Eiffel Tower -- by Shannon Smith
After our great team win, we went to visit the Eiffel Tower. It was an amazing experience! At first, I must admit, I was kind of worried about going so high off the ground because: No. 1 I am scared of heights and No. 2 I am scared of heights! But once we got in line to wait for the elevator, my teammates and coaches kept encouraging all of us who were scared to go up. We decided to after a few minutes of that. I was so happy that I did. After all, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The view was great once we got to the top, although I didn't get too close to the edge. We stayed up there for about 20 minutes taking pictures so that we can have many memories to look back on when the trip is over.
After that, Coach Joy (McCorvey) and Coach Mel (Moore) thought it was a great idea to take the stairs back down. I think it took about 15 minutes and it was a great workout after our game. Overall, it was a wonderful experience with great people and one that I will cherish and remember forever.
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