I am finally back from my 10-day adventure exploring the beautiful country of France and can I just say that I feel like a new and improved person overall. I wouldn't say that I have changed in the slightest bit, but I think since I was immersed in such a different cultural environment than what I am used to that I have found a new appreciation for my life in general.
Now, I can't possibly go into too much detail about my travel experience because honestly, it would be way too much to type out and I am sure you all would get bored fairly quickly and wouldn't enjoy reading an entire novel about my trip abroad. So, I am going to try to keep it short and simple, but I hope it will still be fun and enjoyable to read!
This was my first time ever experiencing international travel, so I had no idea what to expect. I went to France with my mom and grandma, so I had some company, thank goodness. My grandma has traveled pretty much around the world, so she gave me heads up of what to expect, but my mom and I were just beginners. I was nervous about flying for 8 hours over to Paris, but I think I was more excited than anything because I hardly even slept.
Which leads me to talk about the time difference. Since I live in Florida, France is 6 hours ahead, so I was definitely jet-lagged for a few days, but it was well worth it. The first few days we spent exploring Paris, which is the city I have wanted to go to since I was a little kid. I finally got to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum in REAL-LIFE and let me just say that the pictures do not do it any justice. I had to keep reminding myself that I was actually there because it was a dream come true.
You are probably wondering about all the scrumptious food I ate too, right? Or maybe that's just me because I love food so much, but anyways, I did, in fact, get to try a French crepe and the macaroons and both were delightful. Every night for dinner we would have a 3-course meal served with wine and it was pure bliss.
Our next adventure began with us taking a 2-hour train ride all the way down south to Avignon, which is more of the countryside part of France. It was so beautiful and everyone was so kind. I even got to see MOUNTAINS, which was so awesome because I never really get to see such a view living in Florida, but they were everywhere in France.
Also, France is known for their lavender, so naturally we ended up leaving the country with a plethora of lavender scented products and I am not ashamed at all because it smells heavenly.
So, after exploring the mountains and getting educated on how to properly taste and identify different wines, we headed on over to one of the richest places in the world, MONACO!
Monaco is basically the Hollywood of France. Everywhere I would look, there was someone driving a Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, or Rolls Royce. Needless to say, I felt like a celebrity when we were staying there for 3 days, it was amazing. We stayed right by the water at the Fairmont hotel, it was beautiful.
We explored the roads of Monte Carlo and Nice and we even found a beach along the Mediterranean Sea. The beaches over there are nothing like the ones here in Florida because they are extremely rocky and have absolutely no sand at all. It is cool to look at, but definitely not fun to walk or lay on, LOL. The water was a beautiful turquoise blue color, so who could really complain? Not me!
Over the 10 days we were traveling, I fell in love with France and didn't want to leave. Now I can finally scratch one place off of my bucket-list, and now it is time for me to plan out where I want to go adventure to next. I had the time of my life and I am glad I will have those memories for a lifetime.