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12 August 2017

I’m a local, not a tourist #HogsAbroad in France

So, this was my last weekend in Paris, and it was a crazy weekend!

La Tour de France was taking place on Sunday, July 23 and pretty much every single major avenue was closed. This made traffic horrible and confused people (mainly the tourists) because they did not know how to get to places because every avenue was closed. My friend Hannah, who is an RA at Humphreys Hall, studied abroad in France, and came to Paris this weekend before heading back to the States. I offered to give her a little tour of the city I have called ‘home’ for the past 10 weeks.

We took the metro to go to see the Arc de Triomphe (Arc of Triumph) & Champs-Elysees. We had to go through security because the Tour de France was taking place around that area. We walked all the way down Champs-Elysees, visited La Bisilique du Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart Basilica), walked around the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries (Garden of Tuileries), took a little walking break at Angelina and had the best pastries ever, and then walked across the Seine Riviere (Seine River) to the Latin Quarter where she bought macarons for her family and friends. To end the day, we took the metro to go see la Tour Eiffel at night.

(Here are some random pictures too)
Sacre-Coeur Basilica
You already know what it is
IMG_5007Petit Palais Museum
IMG_5015Alexandre III Bridge
IMG_5044La Tour de France @ Champs-Elysees
Angelina Cafe
Eiffel Tower at night (Fun fact: every night, every hour on the hour, the Tower it’s lit up with golden lights and sparkles for 5 minutes. Times are: 9 – 9:05 pm,   10 – 10:05 pm,    11 – 11:05 pm,    12 – 12:05 am,    and 1 – 1:05 am)

Much love,
Julio Ibarra, Jr.
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