Paris! It’s such an amazing city! I was a bit scared at first because didn’t know any French, at all, and I knew even less about the city, but I had so much fun there!
Last Thursday we had a field trip to the Imperial War Museum for class, and so the other classmates that I was going to Paris with and I just stayed in London (at the same hostel I was in with my family friend) for the night. The next morning we were up bright and early to get on our 7am train to Paris. The trip was about 2 hours long, but because on the timezone change, we arrived at 10am local time. From there on, it was a flurry of activity, just like London. First we climbed up a hill to the Sacré-Cœur Cathedral, then we went to the Musée du Montmartre, afterwards we had lunch. At this point it was about 2pm so we went to check into our Airbnb in Paris, and let me just say, we luck out hard. The Airbnb was beautiful! It was high ceilings with chandeliers and frescos on the wall accompanied with antique furniture and there was even a claw foot peacock tub!
We were so amazed that we spent a good 30 minutes just relaxing before we took off once again and visited the shops around us. Later that night, we went to the Louvre and even thought we were there almost 4 hours, we barely scratched the surface of the treasures inside.
The next day I didn’t go with my classmates, instead I visited a friend! A couple years back my family had hosted a French exchange student, and we’ve kept in contact all this time, so when he heard I was going to be in France he made the trip to Paris to take me around. The day passed fast once again and we had a great time catching up. We went to the Pantheon and an art museum, and had lunch at a restaurant with his mom. We finished up at the Luxembourg Gardens, and after a farewell, he dropped me off at Champs-Élysées where I met up with the group and we headed back to the flat. However we weren’t there long, because just an hour later we were on our way to have a picnic by the Eiffel tower as the sun set. As I sat and watched the tower sparkle, I was really glad I had taken the trip instead of staying the whole weekend in Oxford.
On Sunday we had to check out of our amazing flat, then after leaving our luggage in the Gard du Nord, we went to Notre Dame, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, then we had lunch, and we headed to Musée d’Orsay where we spent the rest of the afternoon looking at paintings.
That night we headed back to Oxford and ran into a fellow OU student while waiting for the bus. We really weren’t expecting to see him, but it was a delight. We arrived at about 12am today and after a quick shower, I went directly to bed.
Now that I’m back in my room I can relax and prepare for my last week here in Oxford. I really like it here so I’m sad to know it will all end so soon, but no matter, I’m going to enjoy the time I have left… And also finish my souvenir shopping!