Bonjour, mes amis!
I am here again to share with you one of the best experiences of my life– a two weeks trip to Paris during this IAP. If I have to be fully correct, it was not just a trip, it was a cultural class, taught in French, about the political situation in France before the presidential elections in April. Being a class, rather than just a vacation, changes things a bit, but I think for the good. We got to visit places where general tourists cannot go, for instance Assemblée National (National Assembly), Conseil d’Etat, Conseil Constitutionel. We got to talk to politicians and historians about France now and before, parties and problems in front of the country. It might sound not very exciting to you but French government is very interesting and everything connects very well with the traditions and specificities of the French. I personally learnt a lot and I probably know how French government works better than I know my own (Bulgarian) one.
Small things can make you happy in France – drinking your morning coffee in a small “brasserie”, reading the newspaper, eating delicious pastry (like macarons, if you don’t know what they are, you are missing out), taking pictures, watching the people passing by. French people really do have style when it comes to clothing! No wonder Paris is thought as the capital of fashion. Other things about them that you can immediately notice – they smoke a lot, don’t eat “to go” food that much and don’t talk on the metro, which made our group very loud and sort of disturbing.
On the other hand, the touristy places and things to do in France are amazing as you
might have heard! I thought maybe Eiffel Tower and Arc of Triumph are not as impressive as I imagined them, someone told me they were overrated. I kind of feared that my expectations would be very high and I would be left disappointed. It was not at all true. My expectations were not only met, but they were nothing compared to what I saw and experienced there. I joke with my friends that I almost cried when I saw the Eiffel Tower at night for the first time and it started sparkling at exactly 9pm. I really felt like in a fairytale. Then, there is Louvre, which is truly impressive with all the beautiful pieces of art there. And for the Impressionism lovers, there is Musee d’Orsay, which I personally adored (this is also a French word so it fits very well, I think).
I feel silly describing the monuments in Paris, first because there are people that can probably do it better than me and second since no one can describe it as well with words as pictures can show it! So look at some more photos below, get inspired and visit Paris if you haven’t been yet!