Posted June 4th, 2012 by Rachel in Paris, France
My last week in Paris has arrived. Thinking back to the terrified version of me who arrived at the foyer with two heavy suitcases, panting and lost, I really had no idea then how much I would love the next four months. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember and it’s saddening beyond words that it’s ending so soon. I’m so thankful for every street, every friend, every croissant and every perfect Parisian night I’ve been lucky enough to experience.
This weekend, we had dinner at our French friend’s apartment out in one of the rich western suburbs. It was fun having lively discussions, laughing and eating a wonderful dinner. The next night, we decided to stay up all night and watch the sunrise from Montmartre. It was not as wonderful as you’d expect, considering the 18th arrondissement is full of sketchy people at night, but it’s a special memory I’ll always have, watching the dark, pink sky fade to blue over all of Paris.I’ve also visited the top of Notre-Dame (my favorite view of Paris), enjoyed ice cream from Berthillon on the Ile-St-Louis (Their pineapple sorbet is to die for.) and walked all around the city, visiting beautiful centuries-old churches, like St. Etienne-du-Mont (Whose steps were used for Midnight in Paris) and Saint Severin.
It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that in about two weeks I’ll be using dollars instead of euros to buy Kemps ice cream instead of Amorino gelato, enjoying my coffee at Starbucks instead of a café, shopping at the Mall of America instead of the Champs-Elysées and… croissants. Oh, the croissants. I’ll be pretending the grocery-store-hot- dog-bun-croissants are flaky and full of French butter (They’re not.). I’ve been saying that at first I’ll be really excited to be home and then about two days later I’ll be laying in bed with my Paris sweatshirt on, crying onto a box of macarons while watching Midnight in Paris. This city really gets to you and I’m a prime example.