Since it’s reading week, and I had no plans during reading week, I thought why not travel somewhere? I took a few days to try to figure out where I might go based on what was feasible, and somehow settled on Paris.
I flew from Exeter airport at 6:30am. This meant that I had to be at the airport by 4:30am to check in and go through security. Because of this, I had to leave at 4am to go to the airport. This meant I had to be up at 3am, so of course I decided to just stay up all night instead of getting any sleep at all.
Getting to Paris from Exeter was really quite easy. What was not as easy was getting out of the airport and to the hostel. The airport is huge! It was complicated, it just took quite a long time to get out of the airport, onto the train, and to the hostel.
As I was running on no sleep, I decided to check out somewhere to get a coffee to try to stay awake for at least a few hours. (I couldn’t check in to the hostel until 2:30 in the afternoon, and I arrived at 10:30am). I found a cute little cafe just a five minute walk from the hostel called Au Roi du Cafe and had the best cafe latte I’ve ever had.
After grabbing a coffee, I went back to the hotel and tried to get some reading done. I waited around until I was finally able to check in at 2:30, and then went upstairs and spent the rest of the afternoon watching French TV and relaxing because I was a bit too tired to do anything else.
The next day, my flatmate that I was travelling with arrived. We went to go to the catacombs, but the wait was over 3 hours with no guaranteed entry, so we decided to go see the Eiffel tower instead. After that, we went to a really cool tower that gives you a view of Paris with the Eiffel tower once you reach the top.
The next day, we after waiting in line for two hours, we finally got to see the catacombs. It’s difficult to describe in words what it’s like walking through the underground tunnels of Paris filled with human bones. It’s quite sad, but also-kind of awe-inspiring to think that each bone in those tunnels once belonged to a living, breathing person.
The last thing we did was go to the Louvre museum. We obviously went to see the Eiffel Tower, and there was an amazing Ancient Egypt display. One thing that really stood out was the sheer size of the Last Supper painting.
I only got to spend two full days in Paris, and it was definitely an experience to be had. I’m really looking forward to the next time I get to visit (and to the fourth year of my degree when I get to move to Rennes!).
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