France Adventures: Week 2

Bonjour, mes amis!

My second week in Paris went by so fast! I was super busy because my school had trips planned almost every single day after our 4-hour classes and I usually got home at around 7 or 8 pm. By the time I finished dinner and homework, it was 10:30 pm and I would head to bed.

I definitely feel more comfortable in this new routine but still miss my old schedule at home. I have been enjoying so much of Paris and the French culture, but there are points when I really miss my family and friends. This is the first time in my life that I have just gone to school and haven't worked and it's so weird. I feel like I have so much time on my hands when I don't have a bunch of trips scheduled with my class. It's nice to make my own plans and explore Paris.

One thing that I have been trying to do is appreciate uncomfortable moments where I am forced out of my comfort zone and challenged. This happens all the time in my French class and altogether I feel like this trip has really challenged my introvert ways (lol). While I am in an intermediate class, I don't speak French that well. My class is really fast paced but I know that I've been improving because it's really pushing me. I don't think I will be anywhere close to fluent when I get home but I'm happy because I've already learned a lot so far.

I talked about this in my first post but the food situation remains a problem (in a good way). The food here is great but I need to stop eating so much of it! I know I've been packing on the pounds but I'm not even mad. I am just trying to work on the amount of pastries I have each week. Besides the pastries, I've actually been eating somewhat healthy. My host mom cooks the most amazing meals. We have something different every night and it's a three-course meal. For our first course, we have had some sort of fruit, avocado, or a vegetable mix. For the main course, we have had duck, omelets, pork, and ham. This is usually served with some sort of cooked vegetable like eggplant or zucchini. Then, for dessert, we usually have fruit, cheese or yogurt. I'm living like a Queen (hehe). 

This week I visited:

  • Cité  de l'Architecture et du Patrimonie
  • Ladurée
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Marais

All of the museums were amazing but they were so big that it was hard to see everything in one day, especially at the Musée du Louvre. I spent three hours there but still couldn't visit every section. I picked the sections that were most interesting to me and went directly to them. Also, everyone goes tot the Musée du Louvre to see the famous Mona Lisa painting so it was packed in that room. It was actually super annoying because people were shoving each other just to get a picture of the Mona Lisa. Uhhh...RUDE.

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Ladurée

Musée d'Orsay

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Musée du Louvre

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A Walk through Marais

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L'as du Fallafel is pretty popular place in Paris. They are know for their vegetarian falafel so that's what I decided to get. It was AMAZING. If you ever visit Paris, I highly recommend going there.

That's it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! I have two more weeks left in Paris so I'm going to try to visit as many places as possible. This past weekend I went on a one-day trip to London, so I will be posting something about that as well!

Until then!

Addison