When I got back to Paris I had to go to Centre Georges Pompidou for my art history class. There was this amazing painting of a man’s face on the side of the building and a fountain with the strangest sculptures outside. In the building I saw so great contemporary art. I especially liked the giant mushroom! Haha Since Lesley went to Germany for her free weekend I heard all of these amazing things about Germany, and since my roommate, Lauren, went to Dublin, I heard great things about there too! Hopefully I will get to visit both one day!
That night my friends and I had our final dinner together! Lesley made dinner and her, Emily, and I ate in their apartment! It was wonderful I slept over because the next morning, Lesley and I went to Claude Monet’s house in Giverny!
After we had visited the Museé de l’Orangerie, and saw Monet’s water lilies, we really wanted to go to the garden that inspired him. We took the metro, then the train, then a bus, and then walked to his house! And though it was a long way and we had to get up early, it was totally worth it. The garden was beautiful, magical, out of this world, what other words can I use to make sure you understand that it was amazing? Haha Just look at the photos! I loved the bamboo, the little streams, and the pond with the lily pads and weeping willows. I’m so happy we went.
When we got back we went to Montmartre and Sacré Coeur with our art history class, but we didn’t really do much we just got there and were allowed to wander. We did some presentations at a little park before we left and there was a wall that said “I love you” in hundreds of different languages. <3
Lesley and I looked at a bunch of different artwork, walked around Sacre Coeur, and then sat in a park that overlooked Paris while she ate a crepe and I had my final pistachio gelato. Mmm…
That night I had my last dinner with my host family. I was the luckiest girl in the world to stay with François and Laurence and be roomates with Lauren. It truly was a special experience that I will never forget.
On Wednesday, my final full day in Paris I walked to Le Jardin de Plants and saw the most beautiful flowers. I took tons of pictures and then walked over to one of my favorite areas in Paris, the Latin Quarter. I got 2 pastries for lunch, an apple crumble and a citrus tart, just because I wanted too, and then ran into Emily! I went to ISA with her and talked to a bunch of the girls. Then I left because I had to go to class, but instead I did my last minute shopping! I bought gifts for my family and friends and went to Shakespeare and Co to get a book because they put their famous stamp in it. I literally picked a section, mystery/thriller, and picked the first book that sounded good, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I hope it’s good! I met up with my class at Museé Gustave Moreau and heard the final presentations. Then Lesley, Nicole and I hung out for a while, for the last time. ;(
On my way to my ISA farewell dinner I bought a bunch of jam to take home! Haha Then at dinner I sat with Emily, Resa, Maria, Lauren, Allison, and tons more people and just had a great time. The food was okay, but dessert was awesome! After dinner, we went to the Eiffel Tower and watched it light up for the last time….and yes I cried…
On Thursday morning, Lauren and I got up late, of course, lol but we managed to catch our shuttle to the airport. We said goodbye to our host parents, which was really sad, and the next thing you know I was at the airport. Luckily I was on my flight to Newark with Lynnsey so we sat together and talked until our flight. It was so nice to have someone to talk to because we were there hours early. Then I got on the plane, and hours later I was back in the USA!!
This is my last post about my 5 week adventure in Paris, France and I would like to end it by saying that I had the most amazing time, met the most incredible people, and would do it again in a heartbeat. <3