Cinq Choses

Quite frankly, I’m becoming a Francophile. Every day, there is something that I find myself more in love with in this diverse city.

This is my first weekend in Paris in a month, and the forecast is actually boasting spring weather.

1. Taking a day trip to the Normand country side to visit the home of Claude Monet. Even though the water lilies weren’t out because of the unusually cold and long winter, it was still a sight.

2. The trash system in Paris is incredible. I am absolutely fascinated by it. Trash is picked up around the city, small side streets and all, daily.

3. Reading the novel, A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway and being able to recognize almost every location and restaurant that he talks about. Also, visiting his favorite bar, Closerie des Lilas and getting a cocktail.

4. Walking around Montmartre during the day and at night. You get a completely feel at both times of day.

Fountains which you can use to fill your water bottle, found all around Paris.

Home of Vincent Van Gogh

5. The boulangerie near my school that spews out smells that make you consider getting one of everything on display and has a line of french collegiate students to match. I normally go for a the classic sandwich with ham and cheese on a toasted baguette.

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Cinq Choses

As my time is dwindling down in Paris, the months have turned into days, I decided to reflect each Friday on five things or “cinq choses” I appreciate in my day to day Parisian life. They are small things, but things that make me fall even more in love with this city. 

1. My metro line (ligne 4) is incredible. It runs North to South in Paris,allowing me to get anywhere easily. Also, because my station is towards the end of the line, I love the certain occasions when I have the train to myself. 

The station entrance is in the art deco style—one of the few still remaining

2. Indulging in falafel after class at a restaurant that has been deemed “best falafel in the world.”

3. Musée de l’Orangerie. A very doable museum containing art from dealer and collector, Paul Guillaume during the Belle Epoque. Originally the museum was built to house Monet’s Water Lillie’s, or Nymphs—and it still does upstairs. Downstairs you can find Guillaume’s collection of artists such as Renior, Cezanne, Modigliani and more. 

4. This dog, guarding his laverie or dry cleaners. 

5. On a walk home, finding this thrift store that was far from thrifty. Everything in it was brand new! I found Christian Dior lingerie for 36 euros. Steal.