Flashback Friday: 2006 Paris Trip

Whoa, I haven’t done a Flashback Friday post since August! I’ve been hit with a bit of wanderlust these past few weeks and couldn’t help digging through my photo archives with nostalgia.

You can check out some of my old Flashback Friday posts here:
2007 High School Prom
2007 High School Turnabout Dance
The Love of my Life {HP}
2011 Dominican Republic Vacation
Ghosts of New Year’s Eve Past
Winter Holidays 2011

Thanksgiving 2011
Smell
The (High School) Student

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2006 was one of the most difficult years of my life to date. It may sound juvenile but I had gotten out of my first serious relationship that spring in a very painful manner (I’ll spare you the breakup details), and it took me months to recover. By the time summer rolled around, I finally started feeling like my old self again. My parents planned the week-long trip to Paris right before the start of my senior year of high school, and it was the perfect transition.

Flashback Friday Paris

In all honesty, I don’t think I appreciated the trip as much as I should’ve at the time, mainly because I wasn’t “culturally aware” yet. But what do you expect from a silly 18-year-old? We spent our days walking around, site-seeing (both on our feet and on a bus) and eating.

tourists

I must’ve consumed 100 baguettes with cheese & ham and countless crepes with Nutella (think two-a-day minimum) during this time. My mom and I also discovered the joy that is brie cheese on this trip, and we would eat it in our hotel room daily.

wine

(My first <legal> glass of fancy French wine)

The adorable cafés, cobblestone sidewalks, and narrow streets were unforgettable. Parisian charm is definitely second to none, and you need to visit to understand.

cafe

With limited time, we hit all the main tourist attractions. Our first was Notre Dame de Paris, the iconic Cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral

We climbed to the top and were greeted with a breathtaking view of the city.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Incredible. But the Notre Dame Cathedral wasn’t the only landmark that astounded us.

The Louvre

Undeniably, visiting the Louvre while in Paris is a must. We spent hours strolling among classic world-famous art and even snuck a peak at the Mona Lisa. Photographs weren’t allowed but I did manage to snap one from a distance. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience even for this art non-lover.

Louvre

The weather wasn’t on our side for much of the trip, but the rain and unusually cold temperatures didn’t stop us from spending hours outdoors. We visited the Arc de Triomphe from a distance while shopping along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées…

Arc de Triomphe

…and even made a trip out to Montmartre for a few hours.

Montmartre

But the true highlight was a day-long trip to the Palace of Versailles.

Versailles

These photos don’t do it justice by any means. Much of the palace was raided and ransacked during the revolution, but the country did a phenomenal job in restoring the interior.

Versailles

The vast garden grounds, however, were my favorite.

Versailles

The French sure knew how to live ornately!

With only a day or two remaining, we paid a visit to the one and only Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower

(My favorite photo from the entire trip!)

And then our final night came and we were seen off by a glittering spectacle of lights:

Eiffel Tower

With that, our short but sweet trip to Paris came to an end. I’m forever grateful for my parents for taking me on this incredible adventure.

Eiffel Tower

It came at the perfect time in my life, a time when I needed to escape from a difficult year for a bit and immerse myself in another culture. It’s been 7.5  years since that amazing trip and I’m ready to go back!

♥ Irina

2 Comments

  1. February 7, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    We saw the Eiffel Tower sparkle on our last night too, it was such a cheesy but amazing moment!!!

    • February 8, 2014 / 2:12 pm

      It really is amazing! The Eiffel Tower can be as cheesy as it wants to be for me…I’ll still stare at it with stars in my eyes haha