I finally was able to make it to Paris! I fell in love with the city the minute I got there! It’s just as great as everyone says (minus the really confusing metro system.) I met my friend from home who is studying in England there and my friend from Toulouse who we were staying with. We had lunch on the Champs des Elysees and then almost got hit by many cars trying to cross it to see the Arc de Triomphe, but it was very worth it!
Then we went to the Eiffel Tower of course. It really is amazing! It’s absolutely huge and seeing it at night was my favorite part. We did not go up to the top until our last night because the day before that was a French holiday so it was mobbed, but that was definitely worth the wait!
Our first full day there I wanted to see as many things as I could. The first thing we did was go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa. It is a lot smaller than everyone thinks but it was actually bigger than I thought and it was mobbed around it but very cool still! The Louvre is absolutely enormous so we only did two parts of the museum. Then we went to Notre Dame which was beautiful and the famous Love Lock Bridge which is right next to it! Also, luckily there was a bread festival right next to it so we got a baguette and pastries for lunch and they were of course fresh and delicious! After this we went to Sacre Coeur which had an amazing view and then to the Luxembourg Garden which was incredible. We ended the day by grabbing food and eating it on the lawn next to the Eiffel Tower and then going to the top. It was such an amazing day!
The next day we did a little shopping at the Galeries de Layfatte which is HUGE and ended up stumbling upon the American Embassy which I was not allowed to take a picture of “even if I was American;” I asked 🙂 and thankfully the guards thought that was funny. Overall, I loved loved loved Paris! It was so cool to see everything that I have learned so much about and cannot wait to go back to my favorite city in the world!