All posts tagged: Eiffel Tower

Birthday Weekend!

Moving right along to last weekend!!! Saturday was the birthday of one of my good friends in the program: LANA!!! We planned a day of picnic-ing (or as the French say: faire un pique-nique) in the park that happens to be just behind the apartment Steph and I live in: Parc André Citroën. Yep, like the car. Evidently, this park was built on the former site of a car factory. We wanted to go because during dinner one night, our host family told us that there’s a giant hot air balloon that you go up in! Obviously that needed to happen. So, a group met Steph and I outside our apartment and we left in search of lunch and the park! Along the way, we discovered a bunch of small grocery stores, shops, boulangeries within a 4 minute walk…aka things we should probably know exist so close to us. The park is really funky and modern–sort of like a post-modern version of the traditional French Le Nôtre style garden. There seemed to be a TON …

Bonjour Westgate!!

Bonjour Third Grade, à Paris! (Hello, from Paris!) I’ve been here almost 2 weeks now, and I’ve been learning so much. Mrs. Donnelly told me you might want to learn about Paris too, so I made this post for you! This is the Eiffel Tower, the most famous building in all of France!  In French we say La Tour Eiffel, but some people call it “la dame de fer” which means The Iron Lady. This monument was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair in Paris. It’s named after Gustave Eiffel, the man whose company was in charge of building it (his company also made the frame of the Statue of Liberty in New York City!).

Week 1 Round Up!

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog this week, but I want to be as thorough as possible…I’ll do my best to cover everything I can in this round-up of week 1!! Wednesday: Arrival, see previous posts Thursday: This was our first day of orientation!!! We met in the BU Center and listened to a bunch of boring powerpoint presentations about safety and school policies etc…then we were given sandwiches and tickets to the Bateaux Mouche boats that cruise down the Seine. I can see how this tour might be worthwhile if you’re really gung-ho about it, but for a group of 39 college students who just met each other and were seated in the middle of the boat far away from all the windows…it was a little bit of a bust. The most exciting part was the tour guide who gave every instruction and introduction in 5 languages. It was really cool to see some of the many many bridges crossing the Seine, and of course to see sites like the Notre …

Leg 4: Meeting new people!!!!

Unlike many people I’ve spoken to, getting into the apartment of my famille d’accueil (host family) was actually super simple. When I got to the gate, there was a delivery man who knew the code, so before I could even get the paper out, he had it open for me. Then I arrived at the building and started to call up when two neighbors came out. They offered to let me in, but I wanted to call up so the family would be expecting me. The whole past three hours were about delaying the inevitable…why stop now, right? I was buzzed up and got into the elevator to go to the 12ième étage!!