Side Trip to Paris!

For a few of our free days, some students chose to go to Paris.

I’ve always dreamt of Paris and getting to see the Eiffel Tower, but I never thought the day would actually come. Having three free days in Paris was more than I could have ever wished for. 

Our last day there, we started with breakfast at a patisserie down the street from the hotel. I had a croissant fresh from the oven. With it being my first someplace where English isn’t the first language, I found it a little challenging communicating with someone who spoke very little English, and trying to enunciate the names of the food correctly.
We then took the metro to the Arc de Triomphe for more picture opportunities. It was a beautiful monument with intricate and distinct architect. It wasn’t too crowded there that morning, so we got to see everything up close. 

Later, we decided to split up so some of us could see museums and others could shop for souvenirs. We went to a couple places along the Seine river, some by Notre Dame, and others close to the Louvre. It was nice getting to see all these incredible places one last time before we left. 

After shopping we decided to stop for a late lunch and coffee. We went to a little food stand near the Eiffel Tower, and I tried a croque-monsieur sandwich; which is a baked/fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich. We then found a shopping plaza, and stopped by to have a coffee. 

Our last stop before leaving for the airport was the Eiffel Tower so we could get pictures in front of it. We found a nice spot behind the tower and found someone to take our picture. 


The whole trip was so surreal. Getting to see one of my dreams come true, when a year ago none of it seemed possible, was an unbelievable experience. I’m so glad the opportunity to go presented itself to me, and I hope to come back in the future.

Written by Raelyn Greene

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