Top Places to Visit in Paris

Paris is a city with several nicknames. “The City of Love,” “The City of Lights” are just two popular ones. With being one of the top cities to visit in Europe along with all the sights to see, planning a trip to Paris can quickly become overwhelming. Recently, I visited Paris and stayed for less…

Semester Abroad at Ole Miss

How can I convince you that the University of Mississippi is the perfect place for you? I really don’t know. I can only tell you about my experiences and my feelings that I connect with this place! The worst week was finals week – not because of the exams, because of the goodbyes. Over time…

Goodbye Angers!

I am currently sitting outside my gate at Charles de Gualle Airport on Christmas Eve writing this last reflection on my time here in France. Though I am anxious to get home and see my family for Christmas, leaving France is bittersweet. I spent my last remaining night in Angers hanging out with my few…

Angers, France : Final Thoughts

Today marked my final day at CIDEF and my final full day in Angers. In the afternoon tomorrow, I depart for Paris, and then fly home on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that this incredible experience is drawing to a close. This semester has had several moments of both joy and sorrow, and sometimes at…

Angers, France : The World Beyond Angers

The end of the semester is approaching fast, but with finals on the horizon, it is too early to focus on my return home. Instead, I’ve been spending these past few weeks appreciating one of my favorite aspects of my classes here: my fellow classmates. One of the unique aspects of studying here has been…

Normandy: 73 Years After D-Day

One of the great things about studying at la Université Catholique de l’Ouest is that the university plans cultural excursions that you can sign up for throughout the semester. This past weekend, I went on an excursion to Normandy. Throughout my childhood, I was constantly exposed to WWII through the books my dad kept around the…

Noël in Angers, France

Although I didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving in France, Christmas arrived with a bang! Starting December 1st, Angers has been covered in lights. Down every street, Christmas lights are turned on as soon as it’s dark, and Christmas music plays over speakers. The city becomes a winter wonderland! The festivities kicked off the first weekend…

Angers, France : A Visit to Normandy

Yesterday, I went on a day long trip to Normandy, a region of France along the English Channel where the Allies landed during World War II as part of the effort to liberate France and defeat the Nazis. From the time I decided I was going to spend a semester in France, it was one…