My friend Jenna, who studied abroad in Ireland this semester, flew out to visit me in Paris. After she arrived, we made the most of the day by visiting the Orangerie museum, eating baguette sandwiches in Le Marais, and drinking hot chocolate from Angelina’s. The next day, I had to work, but we were able to meet up for a traditional French dinner at the Chartier and then headed to see the Eiffel Tower at night.
Saturday, we headed to Versailles! It was a rainy morning, so I thought that there wouldn’t be that many people there. Boy was I wrong. There were probably fewer people than if it had been a sunny day, but there were still crowds of people who, like us, were there to see the palace. After getting through the line and into the palace, we toured the beautiful, extravagant rooms.
After heading for a quick bite to eat (at Angelia’s once again), we went to explore the gardens. Even in the rain, the gardens and fountains are gorgeous. We wandered through the gardens and stopped for lunch at a little café on the other side before heading to Marie Antoinette’s estate. After touring the two indoor buildings, the weather was improving and we were able to explore the gardens. There we found an adorable, little village where the palace’s gardener used to live.
On our way back, we passed through the gardens again. The sun was out and shinning and the fountains were on. Needless to say, the gardens were 10x better in the afternoon than in the morning. After a long tiring day walking around, we left Versailles and headed back to my apartment for a relaxing movie night.
Sunday were up really early the next morning to catch a train to Giverny. We arrived in Giverny bright and early–around 9:30 am. We headed straight to Monet’s garden. The gardens are stunning and I highly recommend stoping there! After touring the gardens and Monet’s house, it started to rain so we ducked into a little café to escape the storm.Once the weather cleared up, we set out to explore the town…only to find that there’s not much else to see there. There’s an art museum that we opted not to go into (we, especially Jenna, had already seen a lot of museums that weekend and it’s not free for students). So, we decided to go on a walking tour of the town. We were able to see Monet’s grave and learn more about the town. We soon learned that most of buildings on the tour were bed and breakfasts where famous painters once stayed. During the walking tour, we ran into a group of retired American teacher who were so sweet and nice! Next we headed to lunch—pizza! We lucked out and were still eating when it started storming outside for a few minutes. However, after lunch, it was about 2pm and we had 2 more hours to kill before we needed to take the bus back to the train station and we had already done most of the things to do in Giverny (the town is so small, there isn’t a grocery store there). We explored more of the town and enjoyed our last few hours there before catching the train back to Paris and then getting Jenna to the airport to catch her flight back to Ireland.
It was so great to see you Jenna! I hope you enjoyed your time in Paris. Hopefully we’ll see each other when I’m home this summer 🙂