Winter Break Trip

Although it’s a bit delayed, I wanted to do a blog post about the trip that I took with my college roommate over winter break. I’m home sick with the flu right now, so it felt like a good time to take a walk down memory lane to exactly one month ago when I was in Paris for the very first time. I met my friend Alex there just in time for New Years, and we spent five days in an incredible city that I can’t wait to visit again. Most of my blog posts are school-focused and particularly advice-driven, but I wanted to change it up and write about something that was purely enjoyable.

The first day was basically spent adjusting to the time difference, unpacking, and eating steak and fries (PSA: L’Entrecôte is the best thing ever – we started and ended our trip with this meal). Every other day, however, was basically spent hitting all of the major tourist attractions (I was fortunate to have a travel partner who had already seen everything several times, but didn’t mind revisiting them since I had never been). In between seeing major landmarks and museums, we wandered around aimlessly – just taking it all in. To be honest, both types of experiences were magic in a different way. I don’t want to know how many times I said either “I can’t believe I’m really in Paris right now,” or “Oh my god – the architecture.” 

Instead of writing about each photo, I figured I’d give a general overview of my favorite parts of the trip, and then leave the photos at the end to scroll through. We went to the Eiffel Tour first thing in the morning and the lines weren’t too bad. The wind was strong that day, however, so we couldn’t go all the way to the top. Regardless, the views from the second floor were breathtaking to say the least. As for museums, we hit the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay (which the clock picture is from), and Musée de l’Orangerie (where Monet’s Water Lilies are held). I love museums and I truly can’t pick a favorite here because they’re all so different. The Louvre was magnificent – the inside of course, but the architecture of the outside is just as swoon-worthy (my personal favorite room was Galerie D’Apollon, pictured below). As for Musée D’Orsay, the clock stole the show for me. And in terms of the affect that the artwork had on me personally, I connected the most with the art Musée de l’Orangerie – the water lilies of course, but the majority of the rest of the art as well. 

Another highlight of the trip was going to Shakespeare & Company. Bookstores always feel like home to me, and this was no exception. The wait to get in just about anywhere in Paris was well-worth it, but especially for this gem of a space. I love to read and I love to write and being a space filled to the brim with stories and poetry in arguably one of the most poetic cities in the world was extra special. We also went to Montmartre, an artistic neighborhood where Sacré-Cœur is (if you haven’t seen Amélie – do it). Honestly I could write 5 blog posts about this trip, and I’m sure I’m leaving some major and minor details out, but from the food to the architecture to just the energy of the city – it was unforgettable. 

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It was a truly incredible trip and the perfect way to spend winter break and mark being halfway through law school!

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