As you can see from the title, I love/adore France!
After our exciting adventures in Spain, my friend Mary Kate and I decided to venture over to France. We began the week by flying from Belfast to Paris and stayed there for three nights. We did so many tourist things I couldn’t even begin to mention all of them but my favorites included wandering through Notre Dame and going up in the fully lit Eiffel Tower at night. It was truly amazing to see such a beautiful city all lit up from the sky. No wonder it’s called the “City of Lights!”
One of my favorite parts of Paris though was just wandering through the streets of the Latin Quarter where our hotel was located. We loved waking up and finding a little cafe before starting our tourist-filled days. The food in France is maybe one of my favorite things about the country because I could live off of the ham and cheese omelets and the delicious crepes. Everything about Paris and France in general was so much different (but more wonderful) than I was expecting.
From Paris, we boarded another plane and made our way down to the South of France to Nice. Nice is a city right on the Mediterranean sea and is one of the cutest and most picturesque places I have ever seen! Tourists usually head to Nice if they’re interested in seeing Monaco and Monte Carlo. We didn’t go to Nice with that intention, but once we realized that a bus ride to Monaco (Monte Carlo) was only 1 euro and 20 minutes, we jumped on the opportunity. Monaco was beautiful and we mainly spent the day wandering through the most expensive shopping district I’ve ever seen. Everything there was very well-decorated and extremely flashy. After hours of walking around trying to find a place to eat, we finally stumbled upon a cute outdoor restaurant right on the ocean. It was perfect and one of the most memorable moments in France because we were so hungry and this restaurant was not only beautiful, but everyone was so nice and we could spy on all of the people getting into their yachts right below us on the sea.
Traveling to France after a semester in Ireland and a week in Spain made me realize how different all of these countries really are from each other. While they’re all considered “Europe,” each country has their own unique feel to it and I have to say that France has just made its way to the top of my favorite countries list! That being said…I know absolutely no French and must get on that ASAP.