Two weekends ago (I know, I know – I’m slacking) I hopped on a flight and jetted off to Paris. Paris is somewhere I had been dreaming about visiting since I was little – the landmarks, accents, chocolate, and wine!

Surprisingly, flying was cheaper than taking the train. And definitely a better option than renting a car and driving six hours through the night. Yes, this was an option at one point. Yes, I know, probably the dumbest thing we could have done. But we opted for the more feasible choice.

We arrived Thursday evening and were instantly on the go. Thursday night we checked in to our hostel, and were starving so we decided to go explore. We found a wine bar, but to our disappointment they were no longer serving food so naturally we ended up at McDonald’s. Healthy!!

Friday morning we had planned to go to Versailles. Our hostel was not centrally located so we took the metro into the heart of Paris and grabbed a bite. A friend who was also visiting, texted Emily to ensure we weren’t at the Louvre. Nothing had come across the news yet, but there had been a terrorist attack just four blocks away from where we were eating. As scary as this is, only one person was injured and it couldn’t ruin the rest of our weekend.

To get to breakfast we walked by the Notre Dame. The architecture was absolutely beautiful. That is one thing I will continue to obsess over while traveling throughout Europe, it is so different from the minimalistic trend that is dominating in the states.

The Palace of Versailles was gorgeous even on the gloomiest of days. The palace has been maintained phenomenally, especially for a place originating from the 11th century.

Friday night we ended up at a Waka Flocka concert and somehow got on stage. I just had to Google the correct spelling of his name, which should tell you how well I fit in lol! It was a strange night, but definitely one to remember.

Saturday morning despite the attack the day prior we ventured to the Louvre. Did you even go to the Louvre if you didn’t take a picture outside of it? Absolutely, 100%, without a doubt. But I’ve just embraced the fact that I will be a major tourist for the next three months.

Most people go to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. I was shocked by how long the queue was to see the painting and how small it really was! It was an amazing experience, to see in real life.

But to be perfectly honest, there were other pieces of art throughout the museum that I much preferred over the Mona Lisa.

On our last day, we walked around the city in the morning. It’s incredible how every corner you stumble upon has so much character and history.

Before we left, we had to see the Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel as they refer to it. For a gift that the Parisians initially were not quite fond of, it has become synonyms with Paris. The views from the viewing deck were phenomenal of the city.

I can’t wait to go back in March. Hopefully I will have learned some more French before then, so it will be easier to communicate!

Love, laur

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