Where has the time gone? It has been approximately 42 days since my last blog post! I have been so caught up with touring, meeting new people and experiencing the Parisian lifestyle that it’s only felt like a few weeks. Now, to ensure that reading this blog feels shorter to you than 42 days, I have decided to break it up.
For those BIBers going to Paris in September 2019, this section is quite important. People often assume Paris is overly expensive and luxurious when it comes to shopping. The latter is true. Keep in mind – luxurious doesn’t necessarily mean pricey. The top four indoor/outdoor malls I highly recommend in Paris are the following:
- Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann (9th district)
- Forum des Halles (1st district)
- Les Quatre Temps
Now, to narrow down your preferences…
If you are an individual who loves making premium purchases at high-end luxury stores (ie: Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Burberry), number one and number four are for you. If you are an average shopper and enjoy stores such as Zara, H&M, and Tati, then number two and number three are your lucky winners.
Halloween isn’t exactly celebrated in Paris. Sure, there are themed clubs/bars and famous monuments, but families do not send their kids trick or treating or decorate their houses! To put it simply, Parisians prepare for Christmas in October. The malls are decorated, Disneyland Paris brings its own kind of holiday magic and warmth, and the outdoor cafés are warmed by an external heater.
The following sights, to name a few, that I truly enjoyed at this time of year was the following:
- Disneyland Paris (yes…you read it right!)
- Centre Pompidou
- The Louvre
- Musée de l’Orangerie
- Nouveau Casino
The best part about museums is 90 per cent of them are free for all students so I highly recommend saving museums for rainy or cold days as rain seems to replace snow in December!
Vin Chaud. Hot wine. You have not lived in Paris until you have tried this! I have always seen this option on French menus, but one day when I was in the small village of Montmartre, I saw a street vendor selling it at an unbeatable price, so I couldn’t resist!
Along with hot wine, the delicacy I have favoured the most is “croque monsieur”. It sounds extremely fancy, but it is a ham and cheese sandwich where the bread covered in melted cheese. It’s quite tasty!
In conclusion, start making a list of the places you want to see and sites you want to visit!
Until next time…a few things to keep in mind:
- It is next to impossible to find a coffee the size of a medium or large (besides Starbucks). Be prepared when your coffee is delivered as a small/tall.
- When renting a scooter to ride around the city in, don’t ride over bumps fast and most importantly, don’t sprain your ankle. (..did I mention it happened to me on my birthday?)
- Just have EVERYTHING set up before you physically move to Paris (ie: metro pass takes 1-1.5 months to get delivered, bank card, phone plan, etc.). I can’t stress this point enough!
Sarah Jane is a third-year BIB student studying abroad in France.
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