7/25/19

Weekend in Paris

My weekend in Paris was...interesting to say the least. Me and five of the other interns went, so it was kind of a big group. I felt like we all wanted to do very different things, but also most of us didn't speak French/hadn't been to Paris. Personally, I was super nervous because I don't speak French at all aside from a few phrases like "hello," "thank you," and "excuse me."



To get to Paris, we took the Eurostar, which I think might be my favorite way to travel. You can get to so many places using Eurostar, and it's less stressful than flying in my opinion. It does take longer, but I personally don't mind because I truly hate flying so much. It took about ~3-4 hours to get to Paris, and I just napped the entire time. Our tickets were 75 euros both ways because we took "off" time trains, so we left London around 11 and got there around 3.

I feel like the only way to describe Saturday was an adventure.

We stayed at an AirBnB in Alfortville, which is a suburb about 40 minutes away from central Paris on the Metro, but we originally Ubered there because we didn't want to waste time figuring out the Metro and trying to figure out what stop we had to get off at. Getting into our AirBnB was difficult to say the least. It was so hot, and I was so hungry, and we truly couldn't figure out how to open the door. We ended up figuring it out, and I downed some water as soon as I walked in. After freshening up, we headed out to the city because my roommates were getting tattoos that night. Everything just took a lot longer than I expected it to, and I was hungry and tired and super thirsty at this point.


Our dinner reservation at Chez Pippo was at 9:00, and I got pizza because 1. it looked really good, and 2. I hadn't eaten since that morning. I easily devoured it under 10 minutes.


My roommate specifically chose to eat here because it's close to the Eiffel Tower, and we all really wanted to see it light up at night. Seeing the Eiffel Tower was probably the most surreal experience of my entire time in Europe. Even as I was standing there watching, it didn't feel real. While I don't love doing super touristy things, seeing the lights at night is highly worth it.

I decided Sunday was going to be the day that I did things I wanted to do. I quickly got over my fear of being by myself and just went for everything. Luckily, we were in Paris the first weekend of the month, and the art museums are free! The Louvre is free on Saturdays during a certain period of time while the Musée de l'Orangerie and the Musée d'Orsay are completely free on Sunday the entire day. How crazy is that??


Both of the museums are by the Jardin des Tuileries, which is just beautiful. I started off at the Musée de l'Orangerie, which is where the Monet Water Lily series is. Seeing those paintings in real life is indescribable because you can see all the details up close. I just loved it so much.





Next I went to the d'Orsay, which had a significantly longer line than the Musée de l'Orangerie, but I think I only waited in line for about 10-15 minutes, which is pretty good considering how long the line was. While the Louvre is the most famous of the two museums, I think the d'Orsay had more of the art that I wanted to see. I spent most of the day in the d'Orsay because there was so much to see. My favorite part was seeing all the impressionist art, which I think everyone else loved to because that was the busiest part of the entire museum.

Once I saw most of everything in the d'Orsay, I ended up walking around near the Louvre, and I probably could have seen more stuff, but at this point, I was so tired and my phone was about to die, so I did what I feel like I did too often in Europe...sat in a Starbucks and charged my phone. Do I hate that I did that more than once? Yes, but my phone never died, so...

After my phone was charged enough, I went to the train station because like I said, I was so tired that all I wanted to do was sit at the station and wait.

The weekend in Paris flew by, and there was so much I didn't see. I wished I had had more time to see all the historical sites I wanted to see, but I was also glad to go back to London. Paris was probably my least favorite city that I went to...Mostly because everything smells. I swear each street had its own smell, and none of the smells were good.

While I didn't love Paris, it was still a fun weekend filled with a ton of art, which is my favorite thing to do in any city. Who knows? Maybe if I had more time, I would have found more to love. 

xx, jKm

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