My Voyages Thus far:
With the program that I am studying, I have a surprisingly great amount of vacation days. Not only did I have a one week vacation towards the end of February, but I am looking forward to my April vacation which lasts almost 18 days! Though I have only had a week-long vacation, I have been fortunate enough to see a few different regions of France.
My First excursion was to The Alps at the end of February.
The view was absolutely breathtaking and the foliage reminded me of a New England winter/fall. I walked downtown and was able to take a train up into the mountains! It was cozy and the food was absolutely delicious.
My next voyage was to Marseille.
Although I truthfully much prefer the coziness of a smaller village/city, Marseille, especially being an old port had incredibly beauty to offer. This basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde) is situated on an enourmous hill (Trust me, my legs were aching as I made my way up!), but it offers an incredible view of the city, the old port, and the Mediterranean.
The next adventure took me to Strasbourg with a friend from class.
Strasbourg is small city in the Northeastern region of the country. In fact, the city is so far North-East, it shares a border with Germany! I have always been very fascinated by the city- partially because the region has been under both German and French control so many times that the city is heavily influenced by the German language and architecture. In fact, the majority of people there speak both German and French along with their own regional language Alsacien (because the city is situated in the “Grand Est” in the region of Alsace-Lorraine.)
This cathedral is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg and it was massive! As you can see, I had trouble fitting it into one photo, but it was a breathtaking cathedral in Gothic style.
As I mentioned, Strasbourg is incredibly close to Germany, so within about an hour’s walk, my friend and I had walked over a pedestrian bridge and arrived in Kehl, Germany.
Finally, my most recent voyage was to Paris. My neighbor from home (in the USA) was on a work trip for a week- he had the Saturday before his departure completely free so, I met him in the city for some sightseeing.
We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower,
to the Arc of Triumph,
to Notre-Dame-de-Paris and the Louvre!
We saw quite a bit, but we could have easily spent a week there.
In all, I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of my travels so far. Both Russia and the island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain are up next during Spring break, so I’ll have plenty more photos to share!