I recently spent a few days in Paris France this past week! After having to buckle down and focus for a couple weeks on two papers that were due for school, it was the perfect trip to take. Week 6 of classes was called Independent Study Week, which basically meant international students didn’t have to show up! So of course we took off to Paris! We got cheap plane tickets and a cheap hostel which was… interesting…but we didn’t spend a lot of time there anyways! Paris was just as I pictured it to be; beautiful! Some advice to anyone planning on going to Paris, if you need to find a taxi from the airport, go straight to the designated taxi spot they have in there and don’t go with anyone, even someone who works there, who says they will show you to a different taxi. Also, always make them tell you what the price will be BEFORE you get in the car! You should even give them a paper and pen and tell them to write down the price for you. Just trust me on this…we made the mistake of not doing either of those things and we got outrageously overcharged!
Our first full day in Paris was filled with sightseeing and trying to figure out the metro and bus system! We saw the Eiffel Tower (daytime and nighttime!) and Notre Dame, and we just enjoyed walking around Paris. We got to eat at a few little Café’s and the food was AMAZING! The French have the reputation of having the best food and it is 100% accurate! They also have the reputation of being kind of rude to Americans, but everyone we met were so helpful, (except that first taxi driver), and nice. On the second day, we went to Jim Morrison’s grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery. That was the most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen! It was huge and took us over an hour to find Mr. Morrison’s grave! But it was so pretty to walk through and cool to see. We walked through a different part of Paris to find the Moulin Rouge, Sainte-Chapelle, and the Arc de Triomphe. When it got dark out, we got to see the Eiffel Tower light up and at one point, it started sparkling! There is a carousel right next to the Eiffel Tower, so we rode that with the tower behind us sparkling. It was such a magical night, it felt like a movie. I would love to go back to Paris to explore some more and maybe spend a few more days there! If you plan on going, you should learn some French before you go. They will appreciate it! We just learned a few simple phrases before going that we knew we would need to use, such as, C’est Combien, which means how much. We used that one a lot! You should also know, of course, Merci, which is thank you.
It was nice to get back to campus and sleep in our own beds and take hot showers, (the shower at our hostel was a little strange), but I immediately missed, and will always dream of returning to Paris, The City of Light.