I had finally arrived. Paris at last! Or was it? I couldn’t tell. I don’t know if I was expecting to be able to see the Eiffel Tower from the airport of not but I spent a good 36 hours fairly unsure about where I actually was. Everything was was really a blur because of jet lag and the amount of French that was being spoken at me. I didn’t understand much, but I met my CIEE group and we signed our language contracts and promptly started speaking perfect French to each other…
Just kidding. I actually kept pretty quiet with my French in Paris. I think I was shocked by the other students competencies and feeling inadequate but I listened and made some friends using Franglais. I went to the Eiffel Tour (pictures to follow) and climbed all 669 steps to the second level! It doesn’t look as silver as I thought it was going to be but it’s very cool none the less.
Also in Paris there was a lot of walking and stumbling upon monuments. And when I say stumbling I mean that I didn’t have a camera. For example, as a group we walked to the Latin Quarter for dinner and I look to my right and see the Notre Dame Cathedral. Camera-less. At sunset. The same thing happened with the bridges going over the Seine with the Love Locks and the Seine at night. The Seine in the moonlight was probably my favorite moment in Paris. Simply put it was the single most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I cannot wait to go back. Three days could never do Paris justice and I want to assure my readers who have never been that it is better than I thought. The buildings are all old and pretty, the people are chic (cliche but true), and Camembert is fantastic.
I suppose that last picture might need some clarification. In France they teach English English rather than American English and the result is French people speaking English and sounding Irish. This guy did a bilingual tour on the Seine, was hilarious in both French and English and had me thinking he was Irish the whole time. Oh, and he was super cute. But I left him in Paris, he belongs on the Seine for now and I belong…downstairs for dinner. Bon soir!