Paris is always a blast! I had a great time showing theses two around the city. 😃
Before heading back to the states at the end of this month, I am setting off on my last, and most ambitious, European adventure so far this weekend. It’s an Interrail trip, covering 8 countries in 16 days. I have two friends from the states who are making the journey across the Atlantic to travel with me. Our post-graduation Europe trip looks like this:
- Days 1 & 2: Paris, France
- Day 3: Zurich, Switzerland
- Days 4 & 5: Vienna, Austria
- Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia
- Days 7-9: Budapest, Hungary
- Days 10 & 11: Zagreb, Croatia
- Day 12: Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Day 13 & 14: Venice, Italy
- Day 15: Milan, Italy
- Day 16: Travel day –> Milan, Italy back to Reims, France
I am so excited for this trip and cannot wait for all of the adventures that happen along the way!
After a long flight, Ben arrived safely in Paris. I met him at the airport and after dropping our bags off at the hotel, we wandered off to see the city. Paris was a great place for us to start our trip because I already know the city well. It easy for us to get around and see the major sites in our limited time and gave Ben some rest time to get over jet lag. Also, since there is so much to do in Paris, there were new things for me to do and explore as well. We went up the l’arc de triomphe. I had visited it multiple times in the past, but had never taken the time to climb the stairs and see the view before.
And, if you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip to Paris, here are some of my favorite things to do:
- Le Marais, the jewish quater. This quarter is filled with cute little coffee shops and the best falafel of your life. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
- Visit museums! You could easily spend your whole Paris trip in museums (there are 100+ museums in the city). My favorites are the musée Rodin and the musée Marmottan Monet.
- Shakespeare and Company, my favorite bookstore, conveniently located right by the Notre Dame Cathedral
- Eat traditional French food without breaking the bank at the Bouillon Chartier
- Get a birds-eye view of the city! You can choose to go up the Eiffel Tower, L’arc de triomphe, Montparnasse, or look out from outside the Sacre Coeur.
- Take a boat tour. It’s a great way to relax and sit down after a long day of walking, all while getting a new perspective of the city.
My brother, Ben, get’s here tomorrow and I cannot wait to see him! 🙂 He’s never been to Europe before and can’t wait to show him around and explore some new cities together. Here’s what the next 12 days look like for us:
- Ben arrives in Paris, France and we spend 2 days sight seeing
- Take the train to Brussels, Belgium and spend 2 days there
- The next train will take us to the Netherlands where we’ll spend another 2 days in Amsterdam
- After a quick morning trip, we’ll be in Germany where we’ll spend with next 4 days, starting with 2 days in Hamburg
- Up next, another train that will take us to Berlin for our last 2 days in Germany
- Another flight, this time back to France where we’ll fly into Paris and then take a train to Reims
- Spend 1.5 days exploring Reims, France
- Ben flies back to the USA
We’ve packed a lot into this trip, but it allows us to see as much as we can in the short amount of time we have. I’m really excited for this trip and am looking forward to seeing more of Europe!
I bought my one way ticket back to this USA last weekend. I know that this is my last semester of college and my last semester in France, but knowing the date I’m leaving and having a plane ticket makes everything seem so much more real. But, I’m still here until the end of June and plan on making the most of the time I have left 🙂
This semester, I’m taking one class at a time, like winter term at Elon. I have 1 class down and 5 more to go. The class I’m taking right now is Project Management. For the class, we have to plan a project and my group’s planning a month-long trip in Southern Asia. The project is so much fun to work on and is making me want to travel to Asia asap. Unfortunately, that trip will have to wait until I have a bit more time to travel, but hopefully that won’t be too long! In the meantime, I plan on seeing as much of Europe as I can–starting with the trip I’m taking with my brother. In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be visiting 4 countries in 12 days and I cannot wait!
And, lastly, a mini catch up of some traveling I did in December! Before heading home for Christmas Break, I took a day trip to visit the Christmas Markets in Strasbourg and a weekend trip to Paris. It was so nice to be able to take some time to travel and relax after exams! Pictures below 🙂
This past Saturday, I took a day trip to Paris and had so much fun! It hasn’t been that long since I was last in Paris, but it felt really good to be back. Anna had a friend from Elon who was visiting Paris for the weekend and we were able to meet up in the city. We had a lot of fun exploring Paris and showing them our favorite spots. We also visited the Musée d’Orsay and went inside Notre Dame. I hadn’t been to these places before (I don’t know how that happened) but am glad that I finally saw them! I also popped into Shakespeare and Company to pick up some new books. 🙂 After a relaxing break from site seeing at a Parisian cafe, I left the others to catch my evening train back to Reims. It was very nice to take a break in Paris after a busy week at school!
It took a few weeks, but I am now back into the school routine after my 8 month break from classes. It was a much easier transition this year since I already knew my way around town and what to expect at school. It’s hard to believe how fast September has flown by – I’ve already finished one month of classes and am counting down the weeks to fall break (3.5 weeks!).
I am in full weekend mode even though it is only Wednesday. My last class of the week ended today at noon. I am taking advantage of this 4.5 day weekend and traveling to Romania to visit family. 🙂
Stay tuned for my adventures in Romania!
Before I officially leave my apartment in Paris this weekend, here’s a little tour of my place:
This apartment has been perfect for my 6 months in Paris. I still can’t believe how fast my months here have flown by. This weekend I began moving back to Reims and it’s weird to be in an almost empty apartment. That being said, I am in love with my new apartment and am so excited to spend the next year there! One of the best parts of my new place is definitely the amazing view!
Tomorrow is the last day of my internship which means that summer break is almost here! I hope y’all have been having a wonderful summer so far 🙂 I can’t wait to see those of you in the states soon!
Until next time 🙂