On our last day in Paris, after waking up and eating breakfast we went to see Notre Dame. We got to spend about an hour walking through the cathedral. It was fascinating to see something so magnificent that was built so long ago. Then we bought food and ate at the Tuileries Garden by the Louvre. We had two hours for lunch, so a lot of us ended up napping in the sun after eating our food. I went to buy ice cream and then napped the rest of the time. Afterwards, we went inside the Louvre, and had about an hour to tour the exhibits. There was so much to see and so little time, but my favorite was probably the Greek and Roman statues on display. I also got to see the Mona Lisa up close, which was so cool. After the Louvre we went to dinner, where I got to eat with my brother, a French-studying Urban alum who is also doing a study abroad in Paris right now. After dinner we took a boat down the Seine as the sun set and got to see all the sights of Paris from the top of the boat. Finally, we went on the Eiffel Tower around 10pm and saw the city skyline at night from one of the most iconic buildings in the world. A packed day, sure, but it was absolutely amazing.
Beautiful architecture, rich history, and wonderful food create an atmosphere that makes Paris one of my favorite cities in the world. We saw many sights– Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees. We took a lovely boat tour and saw the city at night. There were gorgeous buildings and groups of young people socializing by the river. Something that always strikes me when I travel is the way that people interact. I noticed this in Lille especially, thanks to our homestay program. Cassandra and I wandered around the city a lot with her friends. She said that I even helped her discover parts of her city that she hadn’t noticed before–I guess this is often true when we have guests, as she did the same for me in SF! I think I’m supposed to be writing this blog post about Paris… but the highlight of this trip for me was making connections in Lille–both with my host family and with Cassandra and her friends. I believe that getting to know new people is the most valuable part of travelling. I mean, in addition to those selfies I took with Debbie and Arnaud… those are pretty important too!