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Melissa Lechlitner Diary Entry From Europe - Days 1-2

Seeing the Eiffel Tower -- both during the day and at night -- was one of the highlights of day one in Europe for senior guard Melissa Lechlitner and the Notre Dame women's basketball team.

May 11, 2009

Editor's note: During the Notre Dame women's basketball team's 10-day foreign tour of Europe, senior guard Melissa Lechlitner will file a daily diary after talking by phone with the South Bend Tribune's Curt Rallo. Following are Lechlitner's thoughts on the trip.

PARIS, France - Today was all about touring, no shopping yet. We did a boat tour on the Seine River, and saw the Eiffel Tower.

We drove around the city and went downtown and saw the opera house and some other monuments.

For everybody, the highlight was the Eiffel Tower. It lights up, and when we were all standing there with our video cameras, a light show started. We were all going crazy. It was great. That was our take-your-breath-away moment.

We arrived in Paris at 9 a.m. Paris time, and we got right on the bus for a four-hour tour. After that, we had lunch and a little down time, and then we had another tour. It was go, go, go. There were some droopy eyes, that's for sure. After a while, people were struggling to adjust to the time difference and stay awake.

The flight wasn't as long as we thought it was going to be. There were movies and people tried to doze off, but it was hard to get a solid sleep in on the plane. I think people are going to go to bed early tonight. I can't believe we have to play a game tomorrow at 5:30.

The only mishap so far was Rock (Erica Solomon) and Fred (Fraderica Miller) overslept when we had an hour to take a nap before dinner. Their alarm didn't go off, and we're all waiting at the bus for them. We're waiting and waiting, and we're like, man, they're probably still sleeping. We probably better go get them, so we ran up there and woke them up. They had to hurry up like crazy and get to the bus.

The food has been great so far. The best was when Becca (Bruszewski) ordered a chocolate crepe, and I had a bite. It was amazing.

 

 

We've been so busy, no one remembered that it's Mother's Day, but we're all going to get really nice gifts for the moms, really nice gifts. We haven't done any shopping yet, but we will.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I love you. Don't miss me too much.

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December 4
W, 114-54
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
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December 7
L, 72-61
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)

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December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)

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December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
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December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)

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December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

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January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)

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January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

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January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

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January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

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January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

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January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

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January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

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February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)

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February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

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February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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