From roaming around the city and attempting to eat my way through it, to wandering through flea markets and exploring the luxuries of Parisian fashion, I have to say my last week in Paris has been a whirlwind. To be honest, I’m still a bit in shock that I’m actually here, sipping on cafés and eating a frightening amount of croissants and crêpes (if given the opportunity, you HAVE to try the almond and chocolate croissants; they are to die for!). Regardless of the fantasy world I seem to be living in, I have been brought down to earth thanks to the reason for this incredible stay in Paris, my studies. If you haven’t read my recent post about my study abroad venture, you can check it out here, but I’ve been lucky enough to be able to study abroad in one of my favorite cities in the world in order to study one of the most beautiful languages. I’ve always had a dream of being bilingual and I’ve always thought that there’s a kind of romanticism that comes with speaking another language and being absorbed into another culture, so I guess, that’s how I find myself here today.
Over the last week, my days have consisted of city excursions in the morning and french classes in the late afternoon. I thrive with structure to my day, so I’ve enjoyed taking advantage of the city by getting out and about early in the day. My favorite of my most recent visits has been the Ladurée tea room, where I feasted on macaroons, and San Chapelle. If you ever find yourself in Paris, I highly recommend visiting this incredible Church. Build in the 13th century, this royal chapel with its incredible stained glass windows is a piece of art. Regardless of the fact that I know this city fairly well, taking a walking tour shortly after arriving, gave me a new appreciation for the history that resides here. It provided me with a greater understanding of not only Paris, but French culture as a whole.
In addition, living in the 14th arrondissement has been amazing. I feel perfectly separated from the hustle bustle tourism of the city center, but I still have the ability of being able to walk to many of my favorite destinations, whether it be the Marais, the Île de la Cité, or the Eiffel Tower. Also, I find the people here so patient and welcoming, even as I, speaking broken French, attempt to navigate this unique culture.
So far I am in complete disbelief that this adventure has already started for me. After planning for so long, it’s hard to imagine that it’s already here and I’m going to be living the life of a Parisienne for the next few months.
Just in case you were wondering, here’s the 411 on what I’m wearing in these photos.
Pants – Zara
Sunglasses – Ralph Lauren
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