Paris, France

Parisians do it better. From Aubrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Brigitte Bardot, Paris has been influencing style for years.

Although this is a little delayed, here is the part 2 of my trip to Europe! Out of the 2 cities, even though London was cleaner and I liked it more than I originally thought I would, Paris felt like a dream, something that belonged in a fairy tale.
Day 1: We got to Paris about midday after taking the Eurotunnel. The first thing we did was go to the Louvre for an hour, but if you know anything about the Louvre, you’ll know that we saw practically nothing in one hour. Seriously, you could spend a month in there. After, we took a walk on the Seine and admired the beauty of the city and the sunset…right up until I got pooped on by a pigeon. Is that a good luck sign?

Day 2: Our second day consisted of seeing Paris’ most famous landmarks. We saw everything from l’Arc de Triomphe (where some Chinese women insisted I was French and took pictures with me), The Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, and the church of Montmartre. When we got to the Notre Dame Cathedral, we had more time to walk around rather than just take pictures. The Cathedral was absolutely stunning and left me with a sense of awe, especially since I’m Catholic. We shopped around the Latin Quarter and our teacher took Gretchen and I to a French café where we got rosé wine and escargot (snails). I felt very cultured, to say the least. Afterwards, we climbed up the steps of Montmartre and spent the afternoon behind the church, which was thriving with artists selling paintings, street performers, and ice cream shops. So, naturally I bought a self-portrait, a painting, and some ice cream.

Day 3: This might have been my favorite day out of the whole trip, other than our afternoon at Montmartre because we spent most of it at the Eiffel Tower. In the morning, we headed to the Luxembourg gardens for a drawing class, but were interrupted when it started raining. Then we made our way to the Eiffel Tower, and got to go inside of it. A few of us even rode all the way to the top. The view was amazing and I realized there is no absence of beauty in Paris. We took a break in a local café and had the most delicious crépes I’ve ever had! Later that night, we all walked back to the Eiffel Tower from our hotel to see the lights. And this was probably my favorite part of the trip. The Tower sparkled for about 5 minutes, and it was the best 5 minutes of my life. Even the rain stopped when we reached the Tower.

Day 5: Our last day in Paris was a fairly relaxing one, the included mostly shopping and eating. Hey, if you’re gonna go on a shopping spree anywhere, Paris would be the place. Seriously though, I spent all of my money at cute Parisian boutiques and on crépes. In the morning, however, we visited the Père Lachaise Cemetary, which was roughly the size of a small town. The graves were as big as houses, in fact, they practically were houses. But even though it was a cemetary, it seemed peaceful and beautiful, much like everything else in Paris. We also stopped by the infamous Shakespeare and Company bookstore and I picked up a few books.

Day 6: Early in the morning, we left Paris. It was definitely a bittersweet goodbye, but someday I’ll be back. Until then, though, I’ll always remember the memories I made and people I met during my trip.


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