Bonjour! I am currently writing you this post from a small cafe in the southern part of Paris. Don’t I sound fancy and sophisticated? (Disclaimer: there is a huge communication barrier and I was an awkward American that ordered in English. So maybe not super sophisticated). It is wonderful to be back in Paris. It is very comforting to return to a city with great food and a relatively easy metro system.
Before I talk abut Paris, I should mention that we stopped in Brussels along the way strictly for food. The country is known for mussels, chocolate, and waffles. I am proud to say I ate them also. I also took some pictures with the famous “mannequin piss” statue which is oddly displayed throughout the city. I don’t get it but the people of Brussels seem to love it.
We arrived on Tuesday and the days have been full of Parisian activities. On our first night in town we ate at a local cafe, visited the town of monmarte and the famous sacre coer, followed by a wonderful evening at the cabaret. The cabaret was mostly in French with a little English here and there, which I know all of us lost Americans appreciated. The show was full of signing and dancing, juggling, acrobatics, and so many other random things. It was a night full of laughter and great friends so I am extremely happy that I chose to attend.
The next day we started off with a full tour of Paris. As someone who has been to Paris before, it was nice to relax and simply enjoy the tour rather than freak out about getting the perfect Eiffel Tower picture. After our lovely tour the rest of the afternoon was free. I decided to explore parks and different neighborhoods throughout Paris (hence the wine at a cafe). While at the cafe, I overheard two Americans speaking and decided to introduce myself. Turns out they were born in Indiana and went to IU. What are the odds? It was so wondering to sit at the cafe with them for a while and learn about their new lives in Paris. Taking the afternoon to myself and wondering the streets of Paris made me realize that I am wondering the streets of PARIS, the city so many can only dream of going to. I feel so incredibly lucky. Shoutout to the family for their support and letting me go back to Europe again!
After my mini adventure my group met at the Eiffel tour for dinner and a wonderful boat cruise down the seine river. Our tour guide, Tyson, was awesome and bought all of us bread, cheese, and all the typical French snacks. Soon after eating we all went up into the Eiffel Tower, which had an amazing few. After hanging out near the tower for a few hours, we headed over to our boat cruise. This was such a wonderful view of the city but I recommend it to anyone going to Paris for the first time!
On our last full day in Paris, we went to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Notre Dame was just as beautiful as I remember from my first visit. The Louvre completely exceeded my expectations. While I do not really understand art, the building itself was gorgeous and fun to walk around for a bit. After we shoved our way through the crowd to get r perfect Mona Lisa picture, a few of us headed out to the Jardin de Tuileries (garden outside the Louvre) to eat lunch and finish the afternoon.
Later in the evening I was lucky enough to meet up with my friend, Marie, who I met while abroad in Scotland. It was so great to catch up with her and it was like we never split up! I feel so fortunate to have friends all over the world!
While I have loved Paris the second time around, I am thrilled to leave for Florence! I can’t wait to start my Italian adventure. That’s all I have for now but I’ll write back in a few days!