Postcard from Paris

Bonjour, Mon nom est Danyel. Translation: Hello, My name is Danyel. I work at CARE Travel as a travel designer. I am so excited to talk to you about my experience in PARIS! I studied abroad this past semester! It was a life-changing experience! I was blessed to travel all over Europe. One of my favorite trips was to Paris, France. Expectation: I was extremely nervous, and even thought about cancelling my trip because of the recent safety concerns in Paris. As one of two young girls traveling alone, we were extremely nervous. I was expecting security guards everywhere and in all of my pictures. I thought I was going to constantly be looking over my shoulder, feeling anxious, and uneasy all of the time.   Reality: WE NEVER FELT UNSAFE! It was an incredible experience. We walked around day and night without fear. The French people we encountered were some of the nicest people I met in Europe! They would even go out of their way to talk to us about our experience in Paris, wishing us safe travels, and giving us insider tips and tricks to the city.

1. We arrived in Paris early in the morning, and decided our first stop was, of course, the EIFFEL TOWER (La Tour Eiffel in French)! I screamed like children opening presents Christmas morning. It had been my dream when I was a little girl to see the Eiffel Tower, and I finally did. Let me just say that it is even more breath-taking than the pictures show!  Why was the Eiffel Tower built?It was the main exhibit of the World’s Fair in 1889. It was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world.

2. We walked to get macaroons from the world famous Laduree Mansion and coffee, just like a true French woman would do.  The History of Laduree: The middle of the 20th century with Pierre Desfontaines, who first thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with a delicious ganache filling. Since this time, the recipe did not change. In September 1997, opened both a restaurant and a tea room to bring back the great classics. Each creation period is lived more intensely.That is why, twice a year, as fashion designers, Fabricant de Douceurs proposes new delicious desserts. P.S. The rose petal and lemon flavors were my favorite! 

3. We walked over the bridge to Notre Dame Cathedral. It was stunning. The stain glass work was absolutely phenomenal! Unfortunately, it was cloudy outside when we went. If you are planning a trip, go on a sunny day!!  Fun Fact: Notre Dame means “Our Lady of Paris”

4. Our final stop on our journey was the Louvre. We got to see the Louvre lit up at night, it was beautiful. (If you are a student studying abroad you can get into the Louvre for free from 7-9pm.) We explored the museum and saw beautiful statues and paintings. If you are interested in art or history at all, you could easily spend hours upon hours just on one floor in here.  Fun Fact: The original name of the Mona Lisa was Monna Lisa, but a spelling mistake made it the Mona Lisa.

I know this this all sounds incredible and you can already picture yourself under the eiffel tower eating baguettes and drinking wine. Well, I have secret for you… CARE Travel can design the perfect trip to Paris just for you! If you can’t ignore this opportunity, contact us with questions and inquiries at  ~Merci au revoir 

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