Going Rogue: My Study Abroad Experience

During the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to study at the London School of Economics in the heart of London! (This experience was brought to you by countless hours of babysitting and working as well as donations from Jack Jessen- thanks dad). I took two business classes there (Foundations of Management and Consumer Behavior where I won Best Research Project), but before that, I went backpacking (also known as "going rogue" to our group) with one of my good friends at UGA and some of her friends through Munich, Venice, Milan, and Interlaken. Once I got to my program, I traveled on weekends to Ireland, Scotland, Paris, and of course, places in England like York, Cotswolds, Cambridge, and Oxford! Like many others, I recorded my experiences in this travel blog! It means a lot to me that you are taking part in my adventures by reading this blog, so thanks for stopping by! 

Carbs, Art, and Merci

Paris

This past weekend, I was able to travel to Paris with a friend from LSE. It was such an amazing experience with so much to see! Their main food group consists of a variety of carbs with the vast amount of crepes, baguettes, pizza, pasta, macaroons, and croissants available. The art, architecture, and romantic French language in Paris also lend to a very unique culture, which was very cool to experience firsthand. 

Sacre Coeur

We started out by visiting Sacre Coeur, which translates to "Sacred Heart," and is a beautiful Catholic Church on top of a hill in Paris. Both the church itself and the view from the top of the hill were stunning and a great way to start the morning! 

Notre Dame, The Louvre, Champs-Elysees, Arc De Triomphe, and Statue of Liberty

After touring Sacre Coeur, we were able to take the Metro over to Notre Dame and begin our day of walking to different sites. (Interestingly enough, many locals do not pay for Metro tickets. Rather, they just jump over/slide through the barriers and don't think twice about it. What a sight). We walked by Notre Dame, another famous Catholic Cathedral, but unfortunately did not see the Hunchback. Then we were able to stroll through the Louvre, which is massive and could easily take more than a day to walk through. We were able to admire incredible statues, paintings, and other forms of art here, including the Mona Lisa. After that, we walked down Champs-Elysees, which is the main stretch that leads to the Arc de Triomphe, and were able to go in a lot of shops! Naturally, the Abercrombie and Fitch store had an entrance suitable for a castle. We also got to visit the French Statue of Liberty, which was pretty neat! 

The Eiffel Tower

Obviously, the prominent structure in Paris was pretty amazing! It is so much bigger in real life, and it was so cool to finally be standing next to something that you have seen pictures of for your entire life. We also were able to go to the top of the Tower where there was a view of almost all of Paris, which was absolutely stunning. The landmarks and canals were beautiful on the ground, and even more so from a bird's eye view. 

Palace of Versailles

Anyone who has traveled to France before or who has talked to anyone who has been knows that the line to get into The Palace of Versailles is no joke. The palace and gardens were definitely worth the two hour wait, though! The palace was beautiful and the gardens were so intricate! I have decided that once I retire, I would like to build a little hut in the Versailles Gardens and just live there. 

Paris is obviously a popular tourist destination, and I now understand that it is for good reason. Simply walking along the beautiful canals and seeing the Eiffel Tower in the distance was breathtaking! It was a great place to go for my last traveling weekend here in Europe! I only have a week and a half left in London, and I will be staying in London for that aside from a day trip to Oxford. Time really does fly when you're having fun!