After running into some flight delays on my way home from studying in Scotland, I found myself with a full day in Paris before having to catch my transfer flight out to Austin. One day is certainly not enough to fully see the City of Lights, but it was definitely a treat considering the pitstop was unexpected! Luckily, I was able to make the most of the quick day.
After landing, I had breakfast at a charming little hub, Café De Flore. I was able to dine where Hemingway, Capote and many more famous writers had dined. After a lovely omelet and fresh fruit, I headed over to the Catacombs of Paris. The eerie underground tunnels decorated in endless human bones of over 6 million people were surprisingly more historically enriching than spooky. In the late 18th century, Paris’s cemeteries were overflowing, and in 1786, workers began to move the remains to the underground ossuaries.
After the hour-and-a-half tour of recycled underground air, I headed up the Eiffel Tower to get some fresh air and take in the beautiful views. Although it was cloudy, I was still able to catch the full bird’s eye view of Paris, and I made some friends on the way.
After touring the famous landmark, I knew I had to make my way to the Louvre. I was able to get a free tour of the famous museum with my UK student ID, and I saw the most well-known painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Due to some strikes going on during my trip, the museum was particularly empty, so I was lucky enough to check out the Mona Lisa with no wait at all.
The full day of walking and taking in so many sights had me a bit tired, so my flight took off just in time. Although I definitely want to go back so see more of the city, I’m grateful I got the chance to see even a bit of it.
This post was contributed by Brett Coulston, a 2019 Global Ambassador majoring in sociology. Brett is studying at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Don’t get left behind. Read more about Brett’s experience in Scotland.