written by Danielle Corcione
I spent this past weekend in Paris. It was absolutely thrilling to experience a different European culture outside of the Czech Republic.
After checking in at our hostel by the Gard Du Nord metro stop, our group – including students from other CIEE locations, such as London and Berlin – to took a walking tour of the city. I learned about the famous sites and monument, including a brief history of the Catacombs of Paris, a series of organized tunnels under the city. Later that night, I walked to the Eiffel Tower with my classmates. At exactly eleven o’clock, the tower illuminated with flashing, bright lights all over for a few minutes; none of us knew about this tradition, so it was certainly a gorgeous surprise.
On Saturday, our group toured two museums: the world famous Louvre, so large that statistically it’d take three months to see the entire collection, and the Musée Du Quai Branly, or the Museum of the Other, dedicated to collections from Africa, Asia and Oceania. There was so much art and history throughout the afternoon from all different parts of the globe, not only France.
Another highlight of the trip was the food. After tasting macaroons from McDonald’s in between museum trips, I was eager to compare the taste to “real deal.” On Sunday, other students and I ventured to LaDurée, a luxury bakery located down the street from the Arc de Triomphe. At five euros per macaroon, it surely did not disappoint.
I had an amazing weekend in Paris and I can’t wait to return again. When I do, I hope to know a little more French. Until then, I am back in Prague, but only for another week. I don’t want to go home just yet, but I am looking forward to the rest of my time in the Czech Republic.