My blogs have turned out to be monthly recaps rather than real time updates, but I’ve come to think that that’s okay. I think that living this beautiful life in France to the fullest and then reflecting upon it at the end of each month may end up being the best method for myself. So much has happened in the last month or so, but for now I want to talk about my trip to Paris which deserves its own post.
Have you ever visited a new place that everyone raves about just to be met with disappointment when you feel that it didn’t live up to the hype? Well, that was definitely NOT the case with Paris. This city quickly became one of my favorites and it exceeded every expectation that I had for it. My friends and I were only there for a couple of days, but we didn’t let a single second go to waste.
On day one of our Parisian adventure, we spent the majority of the day simply exploring and stumbling upon the many famous landmarks of the city including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Sacre Coeur, and the Grand Palais. One of my favorite parts of the day was going to Laduree, having a small photo shoot with my friends in the bathroom (you would understand if you’ve seen how beautiful the bathrooms are…), and eating the most delicious macarons by the Arc de Triomphe. Later that evening, we all made our way back to the Eiffel Tower in hopes of seeing it sparkle. Fortunately for us, we were directly underneath it when it began to sparkle for the first time that night! We went further away to grab some dinner and continue gazing at the tower. We ended up staying for 2-3 hours and I must say that those few hours were some of the most magical of my life. It was the perfect way to end our first day in Paris.
Day two began with a lovely breakfast at a bakery in our hostel’s neighborhood. After eating, we made our way to the Louvre. It has always been a dream of mine to go to the Louvre, so saying that I was excited is an understatement. Once we got there, we went straight to see the Mona Lisa! It was so thrilling to see such a well known piece of art and I wish I could have gotten closer, but they had many safeguards in place to ensure that no one could get too close to the painting. After looking at Mona for a bit, we made our way through the rest of that wing. It was lunch time at that point so we rushed through the Medieval and Ancient Egyptian portions of the museum in order to find food, but I hope to return to see these sections in greater detail. We grabbed a bite to eat and continued walking through the museum. Several hours were spent at the Louvre and I was happy that I was able to see so many incredible exhibits. Once we left the museum we ate dinner and headed towards the Theatre Les Etoiles where we saw the band Grouplove! The show was high energy and it was a small venue so we were close to the front (so close that I was able to touch one of the singers when he came into the crowd). All of us had a great time at the show and were ready to get a good night’s sleep before heading home the next morning.
The next morning was an early one because we had to catch a train back to Marseille. Despite the hour, we left a little earlier than needed so that we could watch the sun rise from the Sacre Coeur steps. We grabbed some bread, pastries, jam, and coffee (the most important thing) and went all the way up the hill to relax and take in our last few moments in Paris. It was extremely peaceful and we all agreed that the weekend had been one of our best. Although it is always nice to get back to Marseille after a trip, I was sad to leave Paris. I hope to return once more before going back to the states, but even if I can’t for whatever reason, my memories of Paris will be fond ones.