Bonjour, Paris! Our First Day in the City of Light

Sarah Behm - Salamanca chaperone

A day full of art and culture

Bright and early yesterday morning, the group reunited at the Toulon train station, where we caught the TGV train for Paris.

Everyone shared stories about the amazing time they spent with their host families, while fields of sunflowers and lavender flew by outside the window.

Visiting the Musée du Louvre

Once we arrived in Paris, we set off to discover “our” neighborhood for the next few days, which is just at the base of the Eiffel Tower! Paris is divided into 20 neighborhoods, or “arrondissements”, and we’re in the elegant 16th arrondissement. After settling in, we hopped on the metro to go take in the sights at the Musée du Louvre, which include the famous Winged Victory statue, enormous classical paintings, and, of course, La Jaconde (aka the Mona Lisa!)

Exploring the City of Light by night

After a huge dose of history and culture from the Louvre, we enjoyed dinner on a relaxing, scenic bistro terrace. Among the array of French delicacies enjoyed by all, TJ even tried the escargots! After dinner, we set off to view the City of Light by night, in awe of the Eiffel Tower glittering on the hour, the massive Arch de Triomphe, and glamorous storefronts along the Champs Élysées all aglow.

Looking forward to Montmartre

It was a long, but very fun day, and tomorrow’s schedule is even more packed as we head to Montmartre, the city’s artist neighborhood, perched on a hill overlooking the city.

A demain,

– Erin Simmeth, US Chaperone, Nice Program 2013

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