A glimpse of Paris

This weekend, we were in Paris for a total of less than 48 hours.  Given that we were there for such a short period of time, we really tried to fit everything in that we could!  Although, even before leaving, I realized that it would be absolutely impossible to explore all of Paris in such a short time.  So, I just went in with the hope of getting a good “glimpse” of the city, giving me a good reason to come back to see it all.

By the time we finally got to our hotel on Friday, it was already 5pm.  Crazy how fast the day goes when you are traveling!  (I guess it doesn’t help that Ryanair only flies into a Paris airport that is an hour outside of the city).  We had heard from our friends that the Louvre is free on Friday nights for people under the age of 26.  However, we opted to only visit the outside and not go inside.  We didn’t want to have to rush through one of the most famous museums that you need, realistically, more than a day to explore in its entirety.  Instead, we wandered throughout the city and found an authentic French restaurant to eat at.  We found out pretty quickly how expensive Paris is: my cup of French onion soup was 8E.  Delicious, nonetheless.  Clearly, dinner wasn’t complete without a nutella crepe for dessert. Yum!

 

The Louvre.

In front of the Louvre.

Leigh and me in front of the Louvre.

After dinner, we walked to the Eiffel Tower.  Since it was so cloudy, we weren’t able to see the top.  But, the clouds made it kinda eerie and mysterious!  In one of the fields closest to the Eiffel Tower, there was an art exhibit with 140 different bears, each representing a country that is a part of the United Nations.  It was so neat to walk through and look at how unique each bear was.

United Nations Bears.

In front of the US Bear.

Saturday was absolute craziness.  We were out the door by 8am and didn’t get back to our hotel until close to 1am.  We started at the Sacre Ceour and worked our way around to see some of the city’s major sites.  In the early afternoon, we met up with Molly and Margaret for lunch at an authentic crepe place.  The restaurant was SO cute–just one man waited on all the tables and made crepes.  I had a ham & cheese crepe, followed by a nutella crepe for dessert.  Delicious!

Sacre Ceour.

Arc de Triomphe.

One of the pieces we studied in my art class. Marsella by Francois Rude (on Arc de Triomphe).

Ham & Cheese Crepe.

The chef made all of the crepes in front of us!

Nutella crepe.

After lunch we visited Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower again, and then went to Musee d’Orsay.  Out of these three sites, I surprisingly liked the Musee d’Orsay, an art museum, the most.  Right now, I’m taking an art history class through the university.  It was so great to see some of the art pieces that I’ve been studying in class.  I got so excited to be able to recognize some of the works without even looking at the names!

Notre Dame.

Stained glass window inside of Notre Dame.

After the museum, we divided up and went out to dinner.  I decided to branch out and tried duck (sorry, Sierra).  Yet again, the food did not disappoint.  After dinner, we went on a great one hour boat cruise.  It was a great way to get see more of and learn more about the city.

Molly and me on the boat!

Paris was absolutely beautiful!!  Given we were in such a big group (12 people in total), it was definitely hard (and often, very frustrating) to coordinate plans and try to cater to everyones’ budgets and travel goals.  I learned first hand this weekend how much easier it is so travel with a smaller group!

Happy to be back in Sevilla, but even MORE EXCITED TO SEE MY FAMILY TOMORROW!  They get in midday and will be in Sevilla until Wednesday.  They are leaving for Granada on Wednesday afternoon and then, I will meet up with them on Friday in Madrid.  SO PUMPED!

Hope you all had a great weekend and are excited for Thanksgiving this week!

Besos,

Anna

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3 Responses to A glimpse of Paris

  1. Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventures! I bet you can’t wait to see everyone! I know they are excited to see you too!! It will be a great family reunion:) Enjoy and HI to everyone!! Lynn

  2. Aunt Karen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Anna–and the entire family. Have a great time….send lots of pics.
    Love to all…..

  3. Alberto Machado says:

    Anna,

    I continue to enjoy your European adventure. As I was fortunate to visit a lot of the places you have been, your easy and funny way od writing and the description of the peculiarities of each location, reminds me of how I did enjoy when it was my time, several years ago for some places.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

    Alberto.

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