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The moment I enrolled in French: Level 1 in 7th grade was the moment I decided I couldn’t wait to go to France.

I finally achieved this dream this semester when I embarked on a trip to Paris! I went with the London-based student travel group Somewhere New and, to state simply, it was absolutely a great decision.

Somewhere New provided a planned itinerary for a weekend in Paris. For such a quick trip to such a large city, it was nice to have a plan for every day while still having enough free time.


After taking the Eurostar (a great decision), I entered The City of Lights. I met up with some Parisienne friends at Le Musée national Eugene Delacroix. It is the renovated house of Delacroix displaying his artwork as well as a featured artist in the garden.


The next day I toured with Somewhere New. We started at the Arc de Triomphe and walked down the Champs-Élysses to end up at the Louvre. I wish I could have spent an eternity there.

That night I ate cheese and bread while drinking wine and gazing at the Eiffel Tower. We sat at the Place du Trocadero and laughed into the night. It sparkles every night for 5 minutes on the hour. It is one of the most magnificent things I have ever seen.


On Saturday, I went with Somewhere New to take a river cruise on the Seine. We walked around to see Notre Dame and got to see the Eiffel Tower from the river. We spent the afternoon at Versailles which I have discussed in a separate post. That night I was invited to a soirée to indulge in French food, French wine, and company.

I have a quick overview of free (gratuit) things to do in Paris below. I also included some très cool photos.

You can find more information about traveling with Somewhere New here.

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