I’ll be a horse if I can live here

Hello everyone!

Sorry I have been a lacking in the blogging department lately, a small cold pretty much knocked me on my tush, and the slow internet does not work well with my impatient nature!  We are so lucky in the US to have such speedy internet, I will never complain about mine again (haha, yea right!). Buckle up, this is a long blog post–I suggest grabbing a cup of coffee or tea, and getting comfy before reading this.

Anyway, so here’s what I’ve been up to.  Since my last post, I have visited the Eiffel Tower, gone to my first french night club (which was on a boat!), and gone on two castle tours.  Additionally, I went to see a stand-up/improv performance by Olivier Giruad and experienced some pretty crazy weather.

The Eiffel Tower was last week with my three roommates, Alexandra, Colette, and Rachael–we had fun getting dressed up to take pictures in front it! I don’t think that “Le Tour Eiffel” needs much explaining, as it is such an iconic symbol, but let me tell you (if you don’t already know from personal experience) it is way bigger in person than I realized! I knew it would be pretty huge, but when you stand at the base and look up, you feel pretty tiny.  My roommates and I are going to try and take the tour that goes to the top, but apparently the lines and tickets are long and expensive–fingers crossed that we can do it!

Click below to see more Eiffel Tower pictures

A new experience while here in the lovely capital of France, was going out on the Bateau Concorde Atlantique, a night club in a boat docked in the Seine river. I really enjoyed being able to get out and dance the night away. Here is a picture of me, Alexandra (one of my roomies), Stephanie, and Lindsey.

On Saturday, most of the University of San Diego students took a trip to the castles in Chantilly and Pierrefonds. Despite the fact that I have seen castles elsewhere previously, I was still in awe.

In Chantilly, there are stables that make the White House look like it belongs in a trailer park.  Everyone kept commenting on the fact that the horses that live in the stables have a better life than most people–thus the name of this post’s title.  The horses trained there are some of the most elite horses in the country, still used for the hunting missions with hounds.  Fun little fact for everyone, Chantilly is actually the home of Chantilly Cream (a vanilla whipped cream)–which we were able to sample with our dessert at lunch… it was delicious! 🙂  Here are some pictures from Chantilly.

Click below to see more Chantilly photos

After a nap on the hour long bus ride, we arrived in Pierrefonds.  Despite the fact that it was somewhat far away from the main part of Paris, I would highly suggest visiting this quaint town to anyone who visits France in the future.  Unlike many of the Parisians I have encountered, the people of Pierrefonds were incredibly laid back and friendly–they even smile at you!

(Side note: I have a really hard time not smiling at people here because it is so engrained in me from growing up in the U.S.–my eyes are frequently focused on shoes so I don’t make eye contact and subsequently smile)

Sorry for the tangent…. anywhoo, Pierrefonds was simply amazing.  We had a delicious lunch and then strolled a bit around the town and even got to see the commotion created by a local wedding. The castle provided a nice respite from the extreme heat that had taken over.  Enjoy my pictures from Pierrefonds!

Click below to see more Pierrefonds photos

I promise this post is almost done….

Last night was the improv show by Olivier Giraud, and the show’s title is, “How to Become a Parisian in One Hour.”  I would highly suggest seeing this show if anyone reading this is coming to Paris.  A Parisian born comedian, Giraud lived for a time in the United States, and has put together a great show that pokes fun at Parisians as well as Americans and what happens when our cultures collide.  Unfortunately I have no photos to share with you, as cameras were not allowed in the theater, but my final experience to share with you has a video–even cooler, right?!

After returning home from the show, while I was working on homework with my roommates, we started to see some really amazing lightening. Then the rain started. And then the thunder started.  Let me tell you, it was quite the experience! I don’t think I have ever seen rain come down in such heavy sheets in my entire life.  The flat roofs of some neighboring buildings were flooded almost instantly, and a man driving a moped down the street quickly realized that battery powered vehicles that are exposed to rain stop working almost instantly. The thunder was extremely loud and at one point all four of us girls jumped into a huddle together.  Thankfully we did not lose power, or experience any real flooding (some rain came in thru the kitchen windows). Here is the video of the lightening before the rain and thunder started–it was crazier after this, but my camera died

Click the link to see the lightening show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLrviPxIrDI

Well everyone, I’m sure that blog post will hold you all over for a while (I know my fingers need a rest). I hope everyone following my blog is enjoying my posts and let me know if you have any recommendations of places to see/go/eat at or just give me some love in the comment section

~Megs

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June 6, 2011. Tags: , , , . Paris. 4 comments.

Cappuccinos & Metros

Hi there friends, family, and other random blog surfers!

As you can tell I’ve decided to start blogging again.  I decided that since I don’t have the funding to call all of you while I’m abroad, blogging to share my experiences with you is probably the next best thing! 🙂  As most of you probably know, I am headed to both Paris and London this summer for a study abroad trip.  I am so excited to travel to new cities, and take in the wonders that I know they have to offer.  So, the countdown begins: there are 24 days until I board a plane (or three) to Paris–exciting stuff!!

Hope everyone is well, and make sure to leave me suggestions of destinations to see or activities I simply cannot miss.

~M

May 5, 2011. Tags: , , , , . London, Paris. 2 comments.

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