Abroad in Paris: Week 1

My first week in Paris was filled with so much walking. Like, so so much walking. No, I am not just complaining for the sake of complaining. If my legs could talk, they would probably ask to be detached from my body and ask to find someone that would remember to sit down every once in a while. It has only been a week but I feel like I have seen a good amount of Paris!

Here is a list of what I have done so far.

  1. I walked through the Lourve with the sole purpose of seeing the Mona Lisa.
  2. I got to see Notre Dame during the day and night. I went inside Notre Dame and got to see the Lock Bridge, which apparently is no longer a single bridge- I guess tourists took it upon themselves to make every bridge in Paris a lock bridge.
  3. I walked down the Champs Elysees through the Tulleries, past the ferris wheel and all the way to the Arc de Triomphe. Then I climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (aka why my legs hate me) and saw an amazing view of Paris.
  4. I went to Chinatown (yes, Paris does have a Chinatown) and ate Pho. just because I am in Paris now, doesn’t mean I don’t need my pho-fix.
  5. I saw the original Sorbonne University building. Unfortunately, my French classes are not in that building.
  6. I saw the Bastille, which is right near my program center and my apartment!
  7. I walked down Rue Mouffetard and ate amazing Greek Crepes.
  8. Saw Paris by boat (aka took a tourist boat down the Seine River).

On top of all my sight-seeing, my ACCENT classes have started. (My ACCENT classes are my two classes taught in English at my program’s center.) I am taking Paris Civilization and Culture and Islam in France. My Sorbonne French language classes don’t start for a few more weeks but I will be taking French grammar and a phonetics class too!

I am also starting to get to know my neighborhood better and have been finding/ scouting my “spots” for the semester. My host madame (host mom) invited me to the market (marche) with her on Sunday, which was really amazing. Farmers markets have a very soft spot in my heart, so it was great ot learn there is one right around the corner from my apartment. My host madame bought me all of her favorite cheese to try, including a delicious semi-hard truffle cheese. Then for lunch, she made some fresh green beans and lamb chops and it was amazing.

On Sunday I was invited to join my host mom and sister (Laurence and Leonie) at their grandmother’s apartment for a meal of crepes. We had savory crepes filled with eggs, cheese, andouille, ham and creme fraiche to start and had sweet crepes filled with powdered sugar and homemade pear marmalade for dessert. (Oh- and don’t forget champagne with every course!).

The last exciting thing that happened this week was that I have officially booked my first weekend trip to London! I can’t wait to go back and see my good friend, Lizzie at the University of Nottingham.

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