I stopped in Paris, France for a few days on my way back to the states from Italy. I absolutely love Paris! The beauty and atmosphere of the city is unmatchable. I spent my first full day exploring and window shopping. It is more expensive than Italy, and on a student budget, I could not afford to purchase much while I was there. But I still managed to enjoy the famous macarons from Ladurée and then walked along the Champs-Elysée toward the Arc de Triomphe.
I marvelled at the splendour of Paris’ department store, Les Galeries Lafayette. I took a stroll through Le Jardin du Luxembourg and had lunch at La Place des Vosges. I was fortunate enough to have interacted with interns from France and others who have been to Paris. They gave me advice on what to do and where to eat. Unfortunately, many of the restaurants they suggested were closed for holiday.
The next day was spent touring many sites including the Eiffel Tower, Musée D’Orsay, the Pantheon, Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, and finally Musée Du Louvre.
Because I was not able to get a ticket for the Eiffel Tower beforehand, I woke up early to get my spot in line, which worked in my favor. I got there an hour before they opened and was the second group to go up the tower.
I only went to the second floor, which they say is the best view of Paris. I am a bit afraid of heights, so I did not make it to the third floor.
This is a crepe vendor making crepes on the street. I got a sweet crepe with bananas and Nutella, and it was absolutely delicious!
My two days in Paris were packed full with things to do! Although I was exhausted by the end, it was well worth it!
Here’s to my 48 hours in Paris! I leave you with some Magic Man music selection — Till next time 🙂 -MP
Marea Pappas is a Texas native. As a graduate student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, she was able to apply to the Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Internship Program (ANRP) and be selected as A&M’s intern with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).