Another month has gone by since my last post and I truly CANNOT believe how quickly it has been. In this last month I have continued my goal of branching out of my usual comforts and experiencing things from every aspect this opportunity has to offer.
I’ve made it essential to travel as much as possible while I am here. Since my last trips to Brussels and Madrid, I have ventured to a few more places inside of France.
|Before our delicious Laos meal with Sarena's aunt|
|Theatres Romains de Fouviere|
|On the Rhône River|
|Cathédrale Notre Dame de Rouen|
|Tour Saint Jeanne d'Arc|
|Castle Hill - Château de Nice|
|Miroir d'Eau - Promenade du Paillon|
I tried) were too tempting to not indulge in. Nice was home to the Château de Nice on top of Castle Hill, offering incredible views of the beach and old town, Monument aux Morts which was erected for WWI victims, the Port of Nice, green spaces like Place Massena and Promenade du Paillon, more churces like the forth Notre Dame I've seen, and the pebbly beach.
|Port Hercules - Monaco|
Monaco, known for its wealthy, aristocratic inhabitants and equally beautiful coastline, offered us more nature than I expected in the Jardin Exotiques, including an underground grotto of many caves with calcium deposits, stalagmites and stalactites. Following all the cacti and flowers in the Jardin Exotiques, we headed over to Monaco-Ville, which holds the Palais Princier, Cathédrale de Monaco (which holds the tomb of Princess Grace Kelly), Jardin St Martin, and the Musée d'Oceanographique - a stunning aquarium and marine history museum. Following this, and some more gelato, we headed on a bateau bus across Port Hercules to get to Monte Carlo (specifically the Casino). While the casino itself was disappointing inside because of the 10 euro entrance cost and small accessibility inside, it was great to see because of its grandeur. Monte Carlo is known as the most expensive city, and the plethora of high-end cars, boutique shops and designer labels everywhere made that belief clear. This weekend trip was incredible because it was relaxing, indulging, and completely unplanned.
|Tulips - my favorite flower blooming everywhere|
|The best part of traveling is meeting new people|
In less than a week my mom will be visiting Paris, and we are traveling to Amsterdam and London for my two-week Spring Break. Although I love living abroad, my homesickness can get the best of me and I am SO looking forward to some familiarity. Plus, I can’t wait to show my mom around Paris from a more “local” perspective!
|Perfect Friday night in Paris|