Paris: “The City of Love,” “The City of Light” and most importantly, the second destination on our Auburn European Grad Trip. Oscar Wilde once said, “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” If you’re looking for a taste of the Paris you’ve seen portrayed in movies or photographs, May is the perfect time of year. We will be exploring Paris in the middle of May when maximum temperatures reach the mid-sixties. For us Alabamians, this will be a refreshing escape from our humid summertime temps.
Beginning on Day 4 of our adventure, we will travel to Paris from London. Our local art historian will show us notable destinations such as Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Afterwards we will take a cruise down the River Seine. The River Seine flows through the city center, where we will see the sparkling Eiffel Tower against the beautiful Parisian sky. On Day 5, we will be on our own to explore Paris. Here are some of my suggestions:
The Moulin Rouge
Located in Montmartre, the highest hill in Paris, the Moulin Rouge becomes a reality for those who are captivated by the famous destination. While the Moulin Rouge still hosts daily shows, snapping pictures of the famous building can be just as thrilling. When I visited Paris, Montmartre was one of my favorites because of the incredible views and local flare along the outskirts of Paris.
The Love Bridge
Known by the French as The Pont de l’Archevêché, the Love Bridge is located along the River Seine. Some of you may have seen Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick participate in the famous ritual on Keeping Up with the Kardashians [my guilty pleasure], but for those of you who aren’t familiar, I’ll break it down. This bridge is filled with hundreds of padlocks, symbolizing couples’ love. The lovelocks have been engraved with initials and dates by the couples who then throw their lock-keys in the river. Some take it more seriously than others, but nonetheless it is an exciting convention to participate in.
Recognized and idolized world-wide, Champ-Élysées is Paris’ most famous avenue. The beginning is anchored by the Arc de Triomphe and extends for about a mile. The avenue boasts elegant boutiques and Parisian cafes. While I cannot afford to splurge in many of the shops located here, the site cannot be missed.
Possibly one of my favorite aspects of traveling is indulging in the local delicacies of each culture. Laduree, located on the Champ-Élysées, is one of the most famous Paris pastry shops and the birthplace of macaroons. I have one of the worst [or best] sweet teeth, thanks to my father, and have been hearing about these macaroons from friends. Considering the prestigious reputation of this sweet shop, we will definitely have to try it!
As you can tell, there are a plethora of things to do and see in Paris. At the risk of becoming monotonous, I’m going to stop here. As I said before, if you have been to Paris and have any suggestions, please comment below. Thanks for reading!