One of my favorite memories from my trip to Europe last year was my day trip to Paris in April. I was living in Metz, France, a beautiful city about 200 miles east of Paris, so it was the perfect distance for a day trip. It was the first time I’d traveled alone in a foreign country, and it was nothing short of magical.
I started the morning off with a pain au chocolat and coffee from my favorite bakery. I sipped my latte on the train and looked out the window trying to take in all of the beautiful scenery: beautiful pastures, little towns, fields and fields of yellow flowers. It was invigorating and peaceful at the same time.
Before I knew it, I was in Paris. I navigated the bustling metro system and found my way to my first stop, La Tour Eiffel. It was exactly like the pictures! Surrounded with cherry blossoms and people picnicking, I found myself a strawberry ice cream cone (lots of sweets that day!) and a bench to sit and people watch.
I started making my way to the Louvre when I got a bit turned around and stumbled into the Opera Garnier. I hadn’t planned on visiting the opera house, but I was enthralled. It was under construction, so parts of the majestic building were roped off and it was nearly empty. I felt like I had stepped into a storybook. Gorgeous gold ceilings with the most ornate details, marble floors and sprawling staircases… it was breathtaking, and it felt like I had it all to myself.
I spent the afternoon window-shopping and went on a quest to find the best macarons in Paris (Pierre Herme gets my vote!) I found a little corner café and sipped a cup of black tea while I tried all of the flavors (lychee and dragon fruit were the most exotic, and rose was my absolute favorite.)
After I enjoyed my macarons, I did a little shopping, and by the time I finished it was time to catch my train back to Metz. What a magical day.
Au revoir, beautiful Paris. Until next time!
Thanks for stopping by. A little about me — I have a latte each morning and drink about 7 cups of tea a day (not exaggerating.) I live in Atlanta where I'm going to law school. I like long distance running and I love my city and I love exploring our beautiful earth. I believe in following our passions & being free.
I started this blog to document and share my favorite moments while traveling. This is a place where I process my ideas, share the aches and joys of my heart, speak truth, and shine light on the beauty I see in the world.
I've realized that what I probably love most about traveling is the same thing I love about writing — the way it connects me to myself and other people. I hope as you read my words, you feel connected to our shared humanity.
Thank you for reading. :)
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