So, later today I’m heading to the airport, to the American Airlines terminal, to go on a trip that I’ve been waiting for since before I even committed to Molloy. This year I participated in the Honors Program there and after taking the classes for it, I’m heading out on our capstone France trip for the next ten days. Tonight my flight leaves, I get there tomorrow morning, and then we leave to go to Rouen for four days, where we’ll go to Normandy, Mont St Michel, Chartres, Bayeaux, and Rouen. Then we leave for Paris for about 5 days and tour the Louvre and the Seine and basically at that point we have a lot of alone time and time to just explore on our own, and the day before we leave, we get to go to Versailles (which happens to be my current “favorite place on Earth”).
Last time I went to Paris was about a year and a half ago and I spent only about 5 days there, but they were some of the best five days of my life. I had a really great time exploring Paris, being mistaken for a French local, seeing Versailles, seeing all of Monet’s work at the Musee d’Orsay, walking around the beautiful area of Montmartre, seeing the sunset from the Sacre Couer, going into the catacombs and seeing the bones of over 6 million people, having some little Romanian kid wave a lighter around in my sister’s face, shopping at the Galerie du Lafayette, and walking from the hotel to the Eiffel Tower, which was an insanely long but insanely worth it walk. I made a lot of really great memories on that trip, it was my first European experience, and even though I knew I’d be back in a year, I was sad to leave, and I know that even this trip to France will not be my last. There’s still so much to see there - Nice, Lourdes, Giverny, Nantes, Reims…the list could go on for a while.
This trip, though, will definitely be different. Last time I went with my family, and this time I’ll be on my own, with all of my friends and my boyfriend. I’m so so so so so beyond excited to get to experience Europe for a third time, but to be able to do so on my own, just with people my own age. We have only 3 professors on the trip, and I think for the most part they’ll stay out of our way, I’m 18, so I can legally buy alcohol, and just yeah I think this is going to be a really amazing trip. I really haven’t done much in the way of travelling since I went to England last year, so I’m just really excited to be able to leave the country, go back to a city that is beyond beautiful, and do my very most favorite thing - travel. And I can’t wait for all of my friends to see Paris for the first time — I hope that they enjoy it as much as I did.
Au revoir à nouveau, New York, j’espère que ces dix jours passent lentement, j’ai déjà ne veux pas revenir. France is too beautiful to want to come home.