Adventures in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Today was a big day for me as I got to see one of the coolest things in the world: the Eiffel Tower. It was breathtaking.

However, my day started around 10 am when I ate breakfast. Then some of us proceeded to walk around our hotel looking for a French bookstore. We had the morning off so we spent it sleeping in and aimlessly finding something new to do.

After hitting the bookstore we wanted to grab a quick bite for lunch because of how busy the afternoon seemed to be. Continue reading “Adventures in Paris: The Eiffel Tower”

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Adventures in Paris: Crypts and Waterlillies

Today was a pretty relaxing day. We had a late start and I spaced out what I did today so I wasn’t exhausted. For breakfast I had a couple of croissants with strawberry jelly like I have for mt time in Paris.

At 9:40 my class headed towards the metro to ride the train to the Musee D’Orsay. This museum has a large collection of famous artwork and it contains the clock that inspired Brian Selznick to write The Invention of Hugo Cabaret. Continue reading “Adventures in Paris: Crypts and Waterlillies”

Adventures in Paris: A Day in Versailles

Today was filled with learning part of the Paris Metro system as we tried to get to each destination. After breakfast we met our guide for Versailles and made our way to the metro to take the RER. The difference between the metro and RER lines are the distance traveled. RER is typically taken for longer distances past the city limits and the metro is typically for the 20 districts.

The ride lasted for about 30 to 40 minutes before we disembarked. From there we made our way to Chateau de Versailles. This is where Kings Louis XIV-XVI lived. Continue reading “Adventures in Paris: A Day in Versailles”

Adventures in Paris: Chapels and Scavenger Hunts

My first full day in Paris started pretty late. We were told to meet at 9:30 as a group so Clare and I decided to get breakfast at 9 am. Compared to London, the breakfast was pretty small. I had two croissants with strawberry jelly and some applesauce. From what I gather the French do not eat a big breakfast and they also eat lunch pretty late as I later found out.

Today was also the first time riding the metro which is similar to the tube system in London. Continue reading “Adventures in Paris: Chapels and Scavenger Hunts”

Adventures in Paris: A Day of Travel and Rain

Bright and early this morning we unfortunately had to leave the beautiful city of London. We boarded the coach at approximately 7 am so we could catch our international train on time. We took a Eurostar which went underneath water for a portion of the journey.

Paris is one hour ahead of London so I am currently six hours ahead of my normal Eastern Time Zone. It’s really weird to be halfway through my day and my family is just starting theirs. Continue reading “Adventures in Paris: A Day of Travel and Rain”

Adventures in London: Our Final Journey

Today is our last day in London as we start the second half of our course in Paris tomorrow. While I’m super excited to see Paris for the first time, I’m bummed to be leaving such an amazing city.

Our last day was a free day so again we were able to explore London on our own. Clare, Hannah and I decided to start our day early so we could catch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Continue reading “Adventures in London: Our Final Journey”

Adventures in London: Mud Covered Shoes

Today we had a very early start because we traveled south of London to Ashdown Forest to see the setting of Winnie the Pooh. It was a pretty long coach ride so I took a nap (sort of) on the way to the forest.

Once we unloaded we were met with a quirky group of adults who were going to teach us about Ashdown Forest. We started with an excerpt from one of the Winnie the Pooh books and we were off.  Continue reading “Adventures in London: Mud Covered Shoes”