A Parisian Christmas

My final excursion before heading home was a trip to Paris. I’d been planning this trip for quite a while, since Christmas in Paris was just an irresistible  idea. I took a bus over to Paris and arrived around 8:00 a.m.  I was a bit nervous about navigating Paris with only the minimal French that I know, but  I actually got along quite fine. It was fun to read menus and signs and recall the French that I learned in elementary school.  So, immediately getting off of the bus, I headed to the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is absolutely stunning.  I probably looked like a five-year-old, just staring at it, but it is most definitely the most gorgeous land mark i’ve ever seen.  Paris has height restrictions on its buildings as well, so the Tower stands alone in the middle of the city. I opted to climb the Tower, rather than take the lift. 43 flights of stairs, but such an amazing experience.

 

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Another highlight of the trip was meeting other fellow travellers in the hostel. Two other girls who had just finished up studying abroad were staying in my room, and one evening we heated up cider and watched movies in our room. It’s been such fun to meet and befriend people, even though we typically only know each other for a day or two in passing.  On Tuesday I explored more of the city with one of the girls from the hostel, we went to Sacre Coure, a church, which sits atop the hill Mont Martre. Mont Martre is a very artsy part of Paris, and was the home of Picasso for a while. It’s now filled with cafes, art galleries, and people painting in the streets. We also visited the Orsay Museum, which houses a lot of Van Gogh and Monet.

 

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I obviously went to the Louvre, and saw the Mona Lisa, went into the Notre Dame,   and saw the Arc de Triumphe. All of which were amazing.  Paris was also chock-full of Christmas markets and decorations, so I popped into the Galleries Lafayette (their version of a Macys), which was decked out in Christmas decor, and strolled down the Champs Elysees, which was lined with Christmas booths.  That is a very brief synopsis of my three day holiday to Paris.  Paris is definitely the most architecturally appealing city that i’ve visited, and I definitely understand why it is “the most romantic city in the world.”  While I am biased in favour of London, I could have spent more time in Paris, exploring the markets, shops, and less visited areas. Guess i’ll have to go back 🙂

Be home soon,

Love,

Rachel