Published: July 15, 2019
Our migratrices have had a busy few days! Saturday started with an early wake up call and a quick breakfast before we said au revoir to Lac du Bois, Hackensack and headed out on the next step of our adventure. Accompanied by our faithful mascot, Hubert le huard (Hubert the loon), we made our way to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport and got ready to say Bonjour to la ville lumière (the city of lights).
It was a little disorienting to arrive early on Sunday morning—where did the rest of Saturday go?—but we were undaunted by the time change and quickly headed out to see the sights. Even a simple walk down the block is an adventure for us: there’s so much to notice, from architectural details to the specifics of recycling systems, and all of it becomes part of our ongoing cours de français ambulant (walking French class) as we make our way through the city. We’re having a great time discussing all the ways that Paris is—or isn’t!—different from Lac du Bois…and it’s only day two!
It’s impossible to visit Paris without seeing at least a few monuments, and we’ve made a good start: we strolled by Notre Dame de Paris (closed to visitors, but beautiful even under the scaffolding) toured le Panthéon (with the tombs of Marie Curie, Voltaire, and Victor Hugo, to name just a few), and went up to the top of la Tour Eiffel! At the Eiffel Tower, we also enjoyed the jeu de piste: a series of riddles that had us going all over the tower, solving puzzles and looking for clues. It was great to learn more about such an iconic Parisian landmark…and you can’t beat the views!
We got another perspective on la Tour Eiffel last night, when we made our way down to a nearby square to watch les feux d’artifice (fireworks) in honor of France’s national holiday, le 14 juillet. The fireworks are launched from the Eiffel Tower and from the nearby jardins du Trocadero, and they were truly a sight to see: well worth the late night.
It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow is already our last full day in Paris! It’s sure to be action-packed, so stay tuned for more updates. You can also follow our adventures on Instagram at lacdubois_hackensack. Beyond that, check out today's photos here.