Bonjour! Where is the best place in the world (besides London) to reunite with a fellow Wildcat? You guessed it, PARIS! One of my best friends from UNH (hi Paige!) is studying for the semester in the City of Light. Since London and Paris are so close, we have been wicked excited to visit each other. This weekend, I finally made the trip across English Channel. I have never been to Paris before, so this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Plus, I speak very limited French (as in, I can say “merci” and “croissant”), so I was so grateful to have an excellent translator by my side. I had three goals for this trip: see the Eiffel Tower, eat a crepe, and buy macaroons to bring back to London.
When I arrived Friday night, we went out and explored Bastille, a major battle area during the French Revolution, and now a popular cultural destination. Filled with bars, restaurants, and shops, it was a really fun place for my first night in Paris. The next day we did some shopping at Galeries Lafayette and lots of eating! There is the cutest bakery literally next door to Paige’s apartment, making our morning trips for pain au chocolat and pain aux raisins almost too convenient. There was also the cutest little cheese shop that I obviously had to check out. Needless to say, if I lived in Paris, I would never stop eating.
On Sunday, we did a long walking tour of Paris. Our first stop: crepes. I had a delicious egg and cheese crepe (think a breakfast sandwich, but better and more French). Then we walked over to Notre Dame Cathedral (I resisted the urge to make Hunchback of Notre Dame references). It was absolutely stunning, with high vaulted ceilings and intricate stained glass windows. From there,we walked along the river Seine to the “Love Lock” Bridge, where couples write their names on locks and secure them to the railings. There are thousands upon thousands of locks in all different designs and languages. It was a surprise favorite of mine (and a prime Instagram spot). Next we walked over to the Louvre, and saw the enormous glass pyramid. Being the ultimate tourist that I am, I made Paige take a picture of me “touching” the top (feel free to be impressed). It was a perfect, sunny day, so we walked all the way through the Tuileries Garden to the Arc de Triomphe. Finally, we made it to the Eiffel Tower. Even more majestic in person, it absolutely exceeded my expectations.
Paris is everything I knew it would be: gorgeous, fun, and filled with the most delicious pastries ever. But best of all was being able to spend time with a great UNH friend in a new city. I came to London solo, and while I have made some lifelong friends, it is nice to know Paige is only a short train ride away. I cannot wait for her to come visit me in London! Soon enough, we will be sitting back in HoCo reminiscing over all our adventures together.
Oh, and in case you folks at home were keeping score, I brought back enough macaroons to last me until
tomorrow my next trip.