Double Weekend Special
After being stuck in Frankfurt for 4 days with my architecture class, it was a blessing to be on our way to Paris for the rest of the week. As you can see, I am gonna be brief on Frankfurt, the city that Germans even questioned us why we went there. So to begin, let me just say I was about to enter into the world that I have been training since 7th grade for... speaking French. Unfortunately I can't call myself bilingual, but I can get away with the popular blurbs here and there... aka Je voudrais trois cents crêpes et pain au chocolate s'il vous plaît (I would like 300 crepes and chocolate bread please). Let's just say heaven on earth.
So, we can already see that I can rave about the food for days, but let's start on the sights. We arrived at night and decided to walk the Seine. Pick up a quick gelato, follow the lit up Seine River through the heart of the city, and you've got yourself a night tour. After walking past all the corner cafés, hearing french spill throughout the air, I finally felt the Paris effect. As we walked closer to the sparkling Eiffel Tower, it made everything even more real. We proceeded to hike up and down the Seine (not knowing how easy the Metro was yet), ending the night where Esmerelda and Quasi once congregated with talking gargoyles. The next day we realized the greatness that the Metro brought us. We devoted this day to the 12 miles of Louvre, the eery catacombs, and crêpes, of course. The next couple days we took a day trip to Versailles and King Louie's awesome château and gardens, and then finished our stay visiting the Museum d'Orsay, my personal favorite.
And this isn't the end of the Paris adventures #plottwist. The next weekend I was fortunate enough to "convince" my awesome girlfriend to visit/she wanted a taste of all this European life I had been living in. So what else better to do than take a 3 hour train ride to Paris for the weekend. With that being said, this had to be a Paris speed round, with only a day and a half. Somehow we were able to see so much in such little time. I don't know if you want to call me an experienced Paris city-goer or what, but we killed it. To do a quick sum up, we were able to see the Monets and Van Goghs at the d'Orsay, see the Eiffel at night accompanied by an Italian dinner, see Notre Dame Cathedral and Quasimodo at night, cross the Love Lock Bridge, visit Mona Lisa & friends at the Louvre, enjoy the Luxembourg Gardens, and even hike down the Champs d'Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Doing all this while enjoying coffees, crêpes, croissants, pain au chocolates, cheese, champagne, croque monsieur, gelato, and more. It was an amazing weekend to say the least. Here's my adventures in visual form for ya: