Paris, France

Three years ago, I had embarked on one of the most amazing journeys of my life. For two weeks, I spent a substantial amount of time, exploring The Netherlands, Switzerland, and France, (and making an 8 hour stop in Ireland). I still say that I’ve technically been to Ireland… because I mean, I haven’t NOT been!

The two-week trip was part of a college course I took on international human rights law. I visited places like the Peace Palace, the United Nations, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (established to prosecute crimes committed during the Yugoslav Wars), and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. I remember when I was a child, watching the news, and they would show the gatherings of countries and their diplomats at the U.N; and thinking to myself how neat it would be to sit in that room. And lo and behold, 15+ years later, I got to sit in on meetings at the U.N. It was one of the most phenomenal experiences of life!

Aside from the coursework and class meetings, I was very lucky to have been allotted the time to explore one of the world’s most beautiful continents. Since this trip happened 3 years ago, I thought the best and easiest way would be to show you all some of the best photos I took, while there.

Our last weekend in Europe was free, so we were able to leave our hostel and go anywhere we wanted. My friend and I took a train to Paris, where we visited my friend (who was there studying abroad), and he was able to show us all around the city, making our trip even more enjoyable!

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Eiffel Tower.
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Exploring the beautiful streets of Paris.
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Notre Dame.
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My friend and I went on a bike tour around Paris and it was such a wonderful way to explore the city.
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Our last day in Paris, my friend took us around the Champs-Élysées and the Sacré-Cœur.
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One of the most magical times I experienced in Europe, was spending our first night, picnicking under the Eiffel Tower, sipping wine and eating bread and cheese. No big deal, ha.
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Sacré-Cœur (Sacred Heart).
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Exploring Paris.
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Sacré-Cœur.
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While bike riding around Paris, we stopped at the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden).
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Exploring Paris.
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This was outside the Sacré-Cœur.
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This was neat. My friend took us to the Moulin Rouge.
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Arc de Triomphe.
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My friend made us the best dinner: a beautiful salad, baguette, cheese, and wine.

 
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