Yvonne in Paris

Yvonne is a senior majoring in psychology and sociology in Dedman College. During summer 2011, she is studying Parisian culture and monarchy, as well as European relations with the Middle East, as part of SMU-in-Paris.

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Fun weekend in Paris

This past weekend was so much fun!  Thursday evening, a group of us went to dinner at a wonderful café in Saint Michel (a popular shopping and restaurant area in Paris), where we had some of the best pizza I’ve ever had! The French do Italian food quite well!

Afterward, we went on a boat cruise tour on the Seine River, we passed by all the famous monuments in Paris. We went right around dusk, so we were able to see the beautiful evening sky while cruising down the river.

On Saturday, a bunch of us got in touch with our inner-child and went to Disneyland Paris! Although it started raining while we were there, we had a great time! While a lot of us went on almost every ride there, I’m deathly scared of rollercoasters, so I was more than happy to ride the teacups and the other “kiddie rides”!

On Saturday, our graduate assistant (at the request of one of the students) created a scavenger hunt for some of us. We broke into two groups of four and traveled the entire city of Paris finding famous monuments and completing various tasks. Each task was worth a certain amount of points, and we had to take pictures of us completing the task.

For example, we got 60 points if we were able to get a picture of the group with the Mona Lisa. Mind you, this is on a Saturday afternoon when The Louvre is crowded beyond imagination, so it’s a bit more difficult than one may think! And while my team didn’t win, everybody really enjoyed the scavenger hunt.

We all spent Sunday recuperating from our weekend and preparing for the upcoming week. It’s hard to believe we have less than two weeks left, but I’m happy that we’ve all really taken advantage of being here and haven’t put a moment to waste.

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