Approximately two weeks ago I finally decided/confirmed that I’m going to Paris for spring break. Spring break, which happens to start on my birthday (WOO!), is just 33 days away! That’s no time at all and I can’t wait! I’ve never been so far away from home, but I’ll be in Paris for a week. We’re not planning on venturing out of the city too much, except for a trip to Versailles, but I’m sure we’ll be able to fill up a week exploring Paris.
I’ve already started a Paris “bucket list” of sorts, which I’m sharing with you today. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t most excited about the food. I’m fantasizing about drinking a cafe au lait, eating a croissant and people-watching outside a cafe. We’re going in March, so the weather will be cooler (I certainly won’t be coming back to school with a tan), but it will still be warmer than Indiana usually is. Honestly, it could be snowing, sleeting or hailing and I’d still enjoy myself, because PARIS!!
Never did I think that I’d be jetting off to a foreign city with one of my best friends for a week, especially as a college student. Our flights were cheap and we’re staying in a hostel, so we’re certainly not leading super luxe lives while in France, but I’m unbelievably excited nonetheless.
So, what’s on my travel bucket list while we’re in France?
1. See the city from the Arc de Triomphe
Paris is set up in a circle, radiating from the center point. I’ve heard that if you climb the Arc de Triomphe, you can see EVERYTHING. The monument construction was started in 1806 and features a World War I memorial.
2. Eat, drink and people watch
If there’s one thing I know I need to do, it’s to go to a cafe and people watch. I want to drink an authentic French coffee with a fresh croissant. (Preferably while sitting down wearing a black turtleneck. Why? I don’t know, it’s my dream.) I can’t wait to start every day with a fresh, buttery piece of bread and a cuppa. I’m sure we’ll venture to other places (like the Marché de la Bastille, a farmer’s market) for fresh fruit, cheese and who knows what else.
3. Museum hop
I’ve got a growing list of must-see museums. The Louvre, of course, is on my list (I need to see the Mona Lisa, right?), but I’m especially excited to see the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie’s collection of impressionist paintings. The Musée Marmottan Monet has, as you might guess, a large Monet collection, so I’d love to stop there. Plus, Paris offers free entrance to museums on the first Sunday of each month. Conveniently, our first day in Paris will be Sunday, March 6…
4. See pure opulence
Along with Versailles, we plan on visiting the Palais Garnier, the Paris opera. Its amazing gilded walls, ceilings and almost everything else seem like something we absolutely can’t miss. The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles is definitely something I want to see, too.
5. Visit all of the typical tourist spots
The Sacré-Coeur wasn’t familiar to me by name before I started considering a trip to Paris, but I’d certainly seen it before. The giant, white, hilltop basilica is another perfect place to see the entire city. We’re also (of course) stopping at the Eiffel Tower–climbing it is cheap. How could we not visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world? I’d also love to stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and maybe Sainte Chapelle to see their beautiful stained glass designs. The Place de la Concorde, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed now holds an ancient Egyptian obelisk, which makes it a must-see.
I’d like to walk over the love lock bridge or take a cruise on the Seine. But most of all, I want to see as much as Paris as possible while still enjoying myself. I want my feet to be sore from walking at the end of the day, but I want to be able to relax–it’s spring break, after all. I want to eat and explore as much as possible. I just want to enjoy a crazy international trip with a good friend.
Have you been abroad for spring break? Any tips for Paris travel? Let me know below!