We had an amazing day in Paris today!! We left Rennes on a 7:30am train and returned at 9:30pm. We had a full day of sights, snacks, some shopping, and fun!! M Février prepared the perfect tour/ plan for us, which took us all over the city! We actually walked over 10 miles!
The students have shared the highlights of their experiences below:
Darian: Paris was absolutely amazing! The city is exquisite and full of culture old and new. My favorite part of the day was either visiting the Eiffel Tower or L’Arc de Triomphe. I loved the Eiffel Tower because since I was young I’ve wanted to learn French and visit France, especially with friends. I loved the L’Arc de Triomphe because I learned that under the monument are the unknown soldiers from WWI. Every night they light a fire under the monument to never forget the heroes who gave their lives for France.
Joi: Our day trip to Paris was full of beauty and wonder. We walked a total of ten miles all while learning about the city’s history, examining its amazing buildings, and admiring its meaningful traditions. What I enjoyed the most was looking at the details of all of the French architecture. From the very old Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, to the simple yet beautiful apartments facing the Seine River, to the grand and golden Palais de Justice, each building was filled with its own unique story and purpose. I loved how Monsieur Février, when describing where we were, never left out a single detail. Towards the end of the day. I even became able to notice the trends in French architecture through the designs of each building as well as recognize how they changed over time. Even when walking the Champs-Elysées, it often took me a minute to recognize the American stores we visit all the time due to them being built in gorgeous French styles. I would say I probably stopped every couple of minutes to take a picture. Despite the chilly weather, it was wonderful to be able to turn down any corner in the city and see something new and beautiful.
Zoe: Going to Paris was such as incredible experience for me not only because of the obvious beauty but because it was so much more breathtaking than anything in America. I have always wanted to live in New York because I love big cities with lost of history and things to do and Paris has all of that but of a much larger magnitude. The city in general has a charm that cannot be found in the states: the people are fashionable and cosmopolitan, the tourists respectful, and the buildings full of history. Seeing the massive cathedrals, Le Louvre, the Eiffel tour, and other landmarks was such a surreal experience and I am so grateful to have been able to do it all.
Laura Joelle: Here’s a blurb for Paris just explaining what we did:
Today we left for Paris at 7:30 AM (~1.5 hr train ride from Rennes to Paris), went to Sacre Coeur, ate a small meal at a café nearby, went to see the Eiffel Tower, took a boat ride on the Seines, saw Notre Dame, had lunch around 2:00 PM, walked outside the Louvre, saw Monet’s water lillies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, shopped on the Champs Élyssées, and saw the Arc de Triomphe. My favorite part of the trip was facetiming my parents at the Eiffel Tower!
Tania: Today, we went to Paris. We had a very hectic schedule, which would ensure that we would take advantage of our time in the city. I personally love Paris. It is my favorite city in the whole world. I was so happy I had the opportunity to spend some time sightseeing and learning about the city.
: We took a trip to Paris today. Even though it was cold the whole day, Paris still looked stunning in winter. My favorite part of today were Musée de l’Orangerie and the free time we had at Champs-Élysées. The museum is not as big as the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, but it has a very good collection of French arts. We also had a good time taking some pictures with the group, looking for food and stores, and just enjoying the city. Paris was amazing today!!
Kami: Today was Paris and probably the best day yet. With zoe Joi darian and Laura Joëlle, there was about the same amount of laughter as there was walking. We didn’t do much shopping but plenty with our eyes. I’m getting really close to the girls and I’m noticing how effortlessly I can speak and hear French. It’s so fun being in a bilingual group. I.t has been a dream for so long to go to Paris, and today I accomplished it. I miss home a bit but being is so wonderful and so beautiful!!