My first day back in Paris, the husband and I went to visit the Eiffel Tower before he left and went back home. The sky was very dramatic that day.
Reid Hall, where we met pretty much every day for classes. I loved our classroom space! There was a lovely courtyard where I liked to eat and read and catch up on Twitter between classes.
My favorite place in Paris - Jardin du Luxembourg. Our hotel was on one side of this garden and Reid Hall was on the other side, so I walked through this garden every day on my way to and from classes. On days I had some free time I would take a book and read in one of those chairs while soaking up the Paris sunshine.
One night some of the girls and I went out exploring and got a little lost, so we pulled out our map and tried to figure out where we were. The second the map came out of our bag, this Parisian woman stopped and offered to help us find where we needed to go. I know Parisans have a reputation for being rude to Americans, but every single person I encountered there was so nice and helpful! I have so many stories of nice people in Paris helping me out.
A full orchestra in the Metro stop. I saw them a few times, and they always brought a smile to my face.
A visit to the Lourve...we had to check out Mona Lisa. It's so funny the way this painting is treated like a celebrity. Especially when there are other daVincis on the wall that no one is even stopping to look at.
I love visiting Shakespeare and Company, the famous English-language bookstore. I went a couple of times. This time I hung out in the poetry corner reading all of these notes, wishes, and secrets that people left behind. (I left one, too.)
View of Paris from the top of the Pompidou Centre, the modern art museum. It was a lovely day. It was about 8pm when this was taken. My favorite part of being in Europe in summer was the loooooong days.
I'm not big on modern art, so I didn't think I would like the Pompidou Centre much. But I found a few pieces I really enjoyed, including this weird thing.
The gardens at Versailles. I wish I would have had more time to explore. It was unbelievably beautiful here.
I totally had a favorite crepe stand. It was around the corner from the hotel, and we all went there pretty frequently. Savory crepes, sweet crepes, fresh cookies, Coca Cola Light, they had everything I needed there.
The Thinker at the Rodin Museum
The view from the window of my hotel room. I loved this view so much, and all of the noisy street sounds that I fell asleep to every night.
Our last night we did a little Paris By Night tour that included a Seine cruise and then a stop by the Eiffel Tower to see it all lit up.
My very last day in Paris my flight didn't leave until late afternoon, so I wandered around one last time. I stopped by Pont Zero so I could make a final wish to return. I loved Paris so much, I know I have to get back there at some point. Hopefully soon.