Halfway There.

Greetings!

These last few weeks have been really fun and relaxing! This week marks being here for two months, which is half of my time here in Paris. Time has gone by so fast, it’s crazy. Spring is starting to come here as well, little by little the weather is getting warmer. The sun is making more appearances too!

Here are a few notable things that happened:

I had a pretty quiet Easter; my host mom was in Greece for the week, so it was just me and Maeve, my host sister. It’s been super fun to have her around the last few weeks; she left today to go back home to Germany.

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Philomena surprised me with an Easter egg! She knows I love dark chocolate.

The Eiffel Tower was lit up in Belgium’s colors after the Brussels attacks, so I got a chance to go and see it; it was definitely different seeing it like that rather than its normal lights.

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The highlight of the last few weeks, though, was that Sara Smith came to visit! She is a friend of mine from Grove City who is studying this semester in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She was here for four days, so we got to do a lot of fun Paris things.

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Meet Sara.

We walked around Montmartre for a long time and saw the Sacre Coeur and other cool things in area (and I can never resist taking pictures of cool street art).

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We also explored the isle of the city, the island in the middle of the Seine where Notre Dame is. Inside the Palace of Justice, there is a beautiful chapel called Sainte Chapelle that had some amazing stained glass windows.

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A whole lot of scenes are depicted with the stained glass.

Then on Friday, we took the day and went to Versailles! I went there with my brother three years ago, but the day was much nicer this time and we got to walk all around the gorgeous gardens as well as the smaller estate on Versailles’ property, Trianon.

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So ornate. Gold-plated EVERYTHING.

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The Hall of Mirrors. Of course.

The grounds were unbelievable.

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At the base of the canal at Versailles.

To top off her visit, we went up in the Arc de Triomphe, which has a great 360 degree view of Paris. Fortunately, it was a very clear day!

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View of the Champs-Elysees.

That’s what I have for this week! I am enjoying Paris more than ever.

Suzanne

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3 thoughts on “Halfway There.

  1. I’m so happy for you, Suzy!!! I’ve been praying for continued safety and lots of new experiences from which to learn! I love you so much… and thank you for your faithfulness with this blog and for the pictures! It’s so fun to live vicariously through you especially when it is snowing in April here in GC!

  2. Hi Suzy!
    Thanks so much for the faithful updates from Paris!!! I really appreciate living vicariously through your adventures, especially when it is cold and snowy here in PA in April!
    Love you lots 🙂

  3. Suzy, you have brought Europe to life for your Grandpa and me. We only went to London and Paris, but you young people surely get around! We love it that you’ve had this experience! Thanks for sharing!
    Love, Grandpa and Grandma Holcombe

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