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Midnight in Paris

May 4, 2016

Well, it was more like Easter in Paris, but I’m a sucker for a good play on words. This Easter weekend, I spent my holiday in the most romantic city in the world, Paris. 

In Europe, Easter weekend is quite the big deal. It’s equally as big of a deal in the states, but in Europe many offices and schools are closed both on Good Friday and Easter Monday (the day after Easter). What this means is that we had a four day weekend to jet off to Paris on the Eurostar in true London fashion.

So on Good Friday, my two friends and I hopped on a train to Paris. We arrived at King’s Cross St Pancras station to catch our train, and in two and a half short hours later we were in the City of Lights!

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Thanks to a very good friend of mine who lives and studies in Paris, we got an excellent walking tour of the entire city for the weekend. She took us to the major touristy spots and great local places as well, and thankfully stepped in to help translate after my year’s worth of French miserably failed me. So to Gina, merci beaucoup! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. After just an evening in the city, I quickly realized why it’s known as the most romantic city in the world. You don’t necessarily fall in love with someone, but you will definitely fall in love with the city. The twinkling lights, the breathtaking architecture, the art work, the many gorgeous cathedrals, and the ornate gold details all across the city. If you’ve ever been, you know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t been, I encourage you to go and fall in love with it for yourself.

It’s hard not to love everything you see, but my favorite part of the city was the Eiffel Tower, by a landslide. I’ve seen a number of wonders and monuments in my lifetime, but it was the Eiffel Tower that has left me the most enamored.

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Enough about the tower though, there is so much more to be said about Paris and what you’ll find there. We saw tons of locks on bridges throughout the city, making me fall in love with how much romance is seen throughout the city. Then, to top it all off, we spent our Easter Sunday in the infamous Louvre! How many people can say they spent Easter in one of the most famous museums in the world? Yes, everyone who was there that same day and us!

Naturally, upon getting into the museum, I made it a point to see the “Mona Lisa” right away. It was as crazy as you would imagine it to be, since you find yourself pushing through the crowd to catch a glimpse at the famous piece. However, the fight to the front was entirely worth it. I spent my Easter with the “Mona Lisa.”

The Louvre is even more amazing aside from the “Mona Lisa” alone. It’s by far one of the most ornate and lavish museums I’ve ever been inside of, and wish I had had more than just a few hours to explore it.

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Another favorite of mine was Notre-Dame. As an art history student, I’ve found myself studying and inside of many cathedrals. Spending the semester in England, I ended up in a different cathedral every week. Notre-Dame, however, is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever seen. It’s grand in its design, its details, and its size. Like the rest of the city, Notre-Dame is accented with ornate fine details both inside and outside of the cathedral, thus adding to the romance of Paris.

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A final favorite of mine was walking along Le Pont Neuf. A few years back, I studied an Auguste Renoir painting titled, “Le Pont Neuf,” which is an impressionist painting of this specific location in Paris. Well, to be standing right in the exact location of the Renoir painting, seeing the hustle and bustle of the city in person, was by far one of the most surreal moments I’ve experienced (aside from my trip to the Loch Ness).

For the remainder of our Parisian adventure, we found ourselves eating dessert on the Champs-Élysées, trying to not get hit by a car to snap a picture of the Arc de Triomphe, and nibbling on endless crêpes and baguettes all throughout the city. At one point I even ended up dancing on the steps of the Sorbonne, because when opportunity knocks…you dance!

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Our four days in France were likely four of the most beautiful days I’ve spent in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever laid eyes on. The only thing that would have made our trip that much more magical would have been if we were visiting the city in the 1920s rather than 2016. Either way, however, I fell in love with Paris.

So to the city of lights I say: Paris, je t’aime, à la prochaine!

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