Paris

I am sure every person with a blog has written something about Paris since Friday, but I am going to join the crowd. I will not get into the politics behind terrorism or any of that. I want to share with you all my amazing experience in Paris in 2013.

It’s crazy to think I was in France almost 3 years ago now, it seems like only yesterday.

Spring break my senior year of high school I was so blessed to be able to take a trip through EF Tours to London and Paris. While a majority of the time was spent in London, I am so grateful to have made it to both lovely cities.

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We spent a lot of time eating amazing, authentic French Baguettes! They’re so cheap there (probably because they’re normal there…)
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The second I could see the Eiffel tower from our bus I couldn’t stop taking pictures – it’s kind of a big deal!20130327_054743

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We got out at this amazing area to snap some amazing photos of the Eiffel tower.

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And of course, a selfie with my bestie was a must!

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We unfortunately just drove by the Arc de Triomphe – I would have loved to have gotten out and explored it.

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All of the buildings and streets are incredible! Most of the buildings are still originals. I loved the look of buildings in London, but many were recreations due to bombings during WWII – thankfully no bombs damaged the Parisian buildings!

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Please excuse the ugly selfie from the base of the Eiffel tower – but I am so glad I took it!

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The top of the tower was phenomenal. I am so glad I made sure to ride all the way to the top!

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The view was breathtaking!

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The tower is just as amazing at night! We took a boat cruise on the Seine at night and saw all of the beautiful lights (unfortunately my camera died shortly after this picture).

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We also made a stop at the Louvre! I am so thankful we did because I got to see the Mona Lisa!! Easily one of the coolest things I have ever done ever.

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The Louvre itself is an absolutely amazing building, look at that ceiling below!

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Outside the Louvre we got to walk on the lock bridge and see where many couples had shown their love for each other by buying a piece of metal, locking it to another piece of metal and throwing away the key. Kinda weird – but also oh so cool!

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I took the picture below originally for my dad because of the pub advertising Guinness, but looking back at the picture I love everything about it!

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This is a building at Universite de France! A group of us was wandering around one afternoon and kinda got lost on campus. Once again amazing architecture!

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Notre Dame is another must see! Even if you’re not religious – go see it! When in Paris….right?!

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This is a book store near Notre Dame – Shakespeare & Co. I so desperately wanted to stop in, because I’m a sucker for books, but we did not have time. Some day I’ll go back and revel in the beauty of it.

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After reflecting on my amazing experiences in Paris – I so desperately want to go back. And after all that happened Friday, I want to go back even more. Those people are so human and I love them for that. They stood together as a nation after the worst of events, and I gladly support them through it all. I do hope someday to travel back to Paris and revisit everything I saw and spend more time in all of the culture there.

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