The past month has been really amazing. I moved in with my fourth and final host family, the Reimesch family. I really enjoy living with them. We do many activities together such as playing cards, bike tours, hiking and swimming in their outdoor pool.
This month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Paris. It was a school-sponsored trip with the French class, along with another school who we picked up along the way. The bus ride took about 10 hours, and we arrived in Paris around 6 in the evening.
We began by taking the underground train to the Arc de Triomphe. On the way there we were able to see the outside of the Louvre, and I got my first glance of the Eiffel Tower. We climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and I was able to see the sunset over Paris from above. I then ate my first croissant in Paris!
The next day we went to the business part of the city, where there was a shopping center. We had a few hours to shop. Then we had a bus tour of the city where I could see many famous views. We stopped in front of the Eiffel Tower to take pictures. That evening we climbed all the way up to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which was my personal favorite. The Sacré -Coeur is an old church that is as astonishing on the outside as it is on the inside. It is on top of a hill, so it overlooks the city. There were musicians playing music, so I was able to look at the city as I listened to a very talented violinist. Near the church is a cute little village with restaurants and souvenir shops.
The final day of the trip we started off by seeing the outside of Centre Georges Pompidou, which is a culture center with very interesting architecture. We again had some free time to go shopping or get food. I enjoyed gelato that was shaped like a flower, a crepe and a baguette. The food in Paris was really delicious. We then took a boat tour on the Seine River, which runs through the city. I was able to see many sights including the Pont des Arts (the original bridge where people put their love locks on), the outside of the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the outside of Notre Dame. Sadly, due to the recent fire, we weren’t able to go inside of the church, and it won’t be open to the public for a few years. The last thing we did in Paris was climbed the Eiffel Tower. There are three floors in the tower. The first two you can take the stairs and to the third you have to take an elevator. I went all the way to the top, so I went up 1,710 stairs and one elevator ride to get there! Being up there was so amazing, and it was worth every step! I walked back down the stairs, got one more crepe and boarded the bus to head home to Crailsheim. Paris was one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever been to, and I really hope I will be able to go back someday.
This past month was like a dream, and I am so thankful to the committees and everyone who has supported this program and helped make this experience possible for me.