european adventures

paris.

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Just when I think Harlaxton can’t get any busier, life gets even crazier and I never even have time to relax or take a nap. Today we turned in our British Studies honors research papers, so I finally have a tiny bit of free time to update! (Thank goodness!)

Over the second long weekend I ventured off to France for five days of fun in Paris.  I couldn’t have asked for a better trip to go on over the long weekend.  It was such a lovely city to spend a few days in & a little trip to Disneyland Paris didn’t hurt anyone either!  Our journey consisted of taking a train to London and then changing over to the Eurostar (the Chunnel) which we rode until we arrived in Paris.  We rode the Metro to our hotel, where we quickly checked in, unpacked, and set off to explore the magnificent city of Paris.  It was already dark outside, so we knew the first thing we wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower in lights!  Seeing the tower for the first time was absolutely amazing, it was one of those movie moments where we all squealed and gasped a bit as we excitedly skipped off in the direction of the tower. (Or maybe that was just me?)  Either way, it was so perfect and lovely to see in person and I couldn’t believe it was actually right in front of me.  Thursday and Friday were two days jam-packed with plenty of sight seeing.  On our first day of adventure we made it to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, climbed the Eiffel Tower and spent some time lounging in pretty parks.  On Friday morning we took the train to the Palace of Versailles and spent the first half of our day enjoying the palace and gardens.  Upon returning to town, we made it to Notre Dame, The Film Museum, Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and Moulin Rouge. (All before crashing in our comfy hotel beds after two very busy days!)  Every minute of Saturday was spent pretending I was eight years old again in Disneyland and making new friends with French children. The long weekend was a great break from a busy end of the semester and took our minds off of research paper writing for a few days.  I could go on & on about how beautiful everything was and what a spectacular city Paris is, but I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

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