France

France was a very special trip for me. It was the summer of 2009, and it was my first time ever leaving the country. I tell people that it's a little ironic I ended up living there for a month because I had no prior interest in visiting the country. My motivation for going was that my college, the College of Journalism and Communications, was offering a study abroad trip in France, and I could earn credits toward my degree.

I decided to go, and I've never felt an ounce of regret! Leaving the country for the first time has such an impact on a person. I can hardly put the feelings into words!

During our monthlong stay in France, our group of more than 90 students and several faculty members toured Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon as well as taking a four-day trip to London. Paris was by far my favorite, but each city had something wonderful to offer.

Paris

Paris, for me, was exactly what everyone says about it. It was romantic; it was enchanting; it was artistic. There's no possible way any human being could do everything they would want to do in Paris in less than a week. We spent a total of two weeks there, and I still feel like I missed so much.

The Eiffel Tower

My favorite thing to see was the Eiffel Tower. Though it sounds cliche, when you really see it in person, it feels like you've never seen it before. All the pictures and movies fall away from your memory. And you must see it both during the day and after dark because each is its own unique experience. At night, it lights up!

Another very memorable thing we did while in Paris was visit the museums. The Louvre was especially great since that's where we saw the Mona Lisa. The Pompidou Museum was also a special twist on things since it holds a very large collection of modern art. I know for sure that it won't be long before I find myself back in Paris!

Bordeaux

Next we traveled to Bordeaux, which is best known for the wine that's made there. And that's exactly what our visit was centered around. We had exquisite dinners at restaurants in the town, and we visited wineries out in the countryside. It was beautiful to drive past the vast vineyards. It was something I'd never seen before.

Lyon
France at Night

Lyon was great because it was a perfect mix between the two cities. It took the up-to-date styles and fast-paced life of Paris and mixed it with the laid-back mentality of Bordeaux. There was a lot to do in Lyon. One of my favorite moments was when we went to a soccer match. It was Lyon's team captain's last home game, and there was a huge ceremony for him at the end of the game.

I'll never forget my month in France. It actually motivated me to learn the language, and since I've been back I've taken 10 hours of French in school.

Merci beaucoup pour la lecture de mon site!