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Paris Express: What to See in a Short Trip

Without a doubt, Paris was our most ambitious trip to date. We went with a group of seven who wanted to see a variety of different things, and instead of compromising, we thought, “Why not do them all?” which is (almost) exactly what we did. Our days were spent on the go, dashing from one site to the next, hitting every tourist attraction except for Moulin Rouge, the Catacombs, and the Sacred Heart, walking in total around 45/50 miles over the course of three days. So, take it from me, when you’re planning a short trip to Paris, you must pick and choose; and, because I didn’t do this, below … [Read more...]

Study Abroad France: How to Do Paris in 1 Weekend

This weekend, my entire study abroad class went to Paris to visit the Pasteur Institute and most people ended up staying for the weekend. It was a lovely weekend straight out of a movie, but we explored so much in so little time. We hopped on a train early Friday morning and left Paris on Sunday afternoon. Luckily, we managed to snag reservations for one of the fancy fast trains, so our travel time was shortened significantly. We arrived just in time for lunch of Friday, so we found our way to a interesting church in Madeleine, which we learned served a three-course meal in a crypt for … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Pre-Med Students in Paris

Hello! My name is Jasmine Tuazon, and I am a 4th-year premed biochemistry Baylor University student currently spending a semester in Europe thanks to Millennium Tours, a travel company based in Austin, Texas for group study abroad trips! This weekend from Sept. 9-11, all 38 of us premed students went to Paris! Collectively, we all went to The Pasteur Institute to view all Louis Pasteur’s home and lab where he developed fermentation and discovered racemization and vaccination. Following that, we split up and decided to explore the city either by foot or via bike tour (The picture is … [Read more...]

Group Travel France: Paris Is Always a Good Idea

Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.” Well, I cannot argue with that Audrey! Paris is not only a good idea, it is the best idea! A weekend in Paris, even in the wintertime, can’t be beat. Now after being in Paris for only three days, I would image that you could spend a lifetime in that city and still not see it all. There is just so much to do and so much to see! You can’t do it all but I would say that my travel group and I came pretty close and I was very happy with all that we got to do. Now my number one biggest tip to get in Paris if you are going for just a … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Paris: The Best of The City of Love

Paris. The city of love. The fashion capital of the world. Rich in culture, art, history, and croissants. A place where every girl dreams of going – and certainly where I’ve been dreaming about going to for as long as I can remember. And finally - after watching couples movies, staring at pictures of the Eiffel Tower, and learning French for five years, my dream of visiting this magical place came true. We started off our first day with breakfast at our hostel. Complementary coffee and fresh butter croissants. Becca and I took the metro to St. Michel and began our self-paced, … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Paris: City of Lights

This week I had my first test as part of studying abroad, and although that was not fun at all, visiting Paris, France was. We left for The City of Lights around 7AM Thursday morning and ended up getting there around 3:00-4:00 due to missing a connecting train. After we arrived it took us all around 5 minutes to completely understand the Metro system. (TIP: The app called "Paris Metro" really helps, and basically eliminates the need for using a metro map.) After settling into our hostel we decided to go to the Arc De Triumphe since it was on the way to the Metro. After that we rode over to … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Paris: There’s Something in The Water

When one thinks of Paris thoughts of love, romance, and beauty often come to mind. Movies like Midnight in Paris and Ratatouille make you want to skip along the cobblestone streets, travelling back in time to visit the cafés where Hemmingway and Camus conjured thoughts of art and intellect. While this stereotype of Paris might initially seem a bit whimsical (and tacky), the Parisians truly helped me further understand the art of life. Visual Art If the common tourist took 30 seconds to view each piece of art at The Louvre, it would take 2 weeks of 24-hour days. Although it was touristy, … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Paris: Merci and Au Revoir!

Merci and Au Revoir! This weekend we went to Paris and let me tell you, it was one of the most fun trips I have ever been on in my life. There is so much to see and so much to do. If you are interested in studying abroad in Europe, you HAVE to go to Paris. There is no doubt about it. This is Notre Dame, one of the many free sights to see in Paris.                   The thing about Paris is you either love it or you hate it. It is crowded, the traffic is horrible, there are some sketchy areas, and there is a lot of petty crime. These are some of the things I was told before I went, and … [Read more...]

Practicing Proper Travel Etiquette: France

Today's travel etiquette feature take us to France, the land of romance and fine cuisine. Traveling away from your home culture always raises the question of etiquette. What to wear, what to say... Do you tip? Smile at passersby? Knowing the proper etiquette for your next travel destination is a vital part of your experience. Today, we're taking a look a France—just because they've got a bad rep for being snobby doesn't mean you should ignore their customs. (And, actually, a little effort can go a long way...we're rather fond of the French!) Here are a few things you should know before … [Read more...]

3 Countries in 3 Days: A Warp-Speed Adventure

Last weekend, Baylor in Maastricht students visited three countries in three days-- and lived to tell about the adventure. Here are some highlights from Baylor student, Rozlyn Veteto. For this weekend's adventure, we operated at warp speed. Three countries in three days was an absolutely crazy idea, but we did it! We did a compact tour of Bruges, Paris, and Luxembourg City. Bruges: a step back in time, a jump into the modern day Thursday night we left for destination one: Bruges (via train). Last weekend, our professors visited Bruges, and told us about a pub built in 1515 … [Read more...]

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