|My room! Complete with floors made of hemp|
|Other side of my room|
|The view from my window|
|Eric's room - he may have a larger window, but I definitely have the larger closet!|
|Dining room/ Béatrix's art studio|
|The living room|
|The kitchen, which is surprisingly roomy for French standards|
|Our balcony & favorite spot to have dinner|
|Other half of our balcony - so spacious & tons of plants! Even have an olive tree growing up here!|
|The view off the balcony|
Also, we have our own toilet & bathroom (not as exciting to take pictures of!), so that makes things very nice as we can leave all of our stuff right in there and don't have to cart it back and forth like in dorm showers.
Our host family gave us a detailed tour of our neighborhood yesterday morning, making sure to point out the best pâtisseries, cafés & bars, and helped us find all the local metro stops and secure some metro passes for the weekend. Since I'm here for the semester, our program hooked me up with a Navigo card, which has my name and picture on it, and lets you recharge it on a weekly or monthly basis to save on metro fares and to eliminate my need to have a pocket full of metro tickets all the time. With this card, you can use all types of public transportation, making city life very easy.
After our buzz around the neighborhood & a delicious home-cooked lunch, my housemate Eric & I headed off to do some exploring in the 90-degree heat. Since pictures are worth 1000 words, I'll let them speak for themselves....
|La Tour Eiffel!|
|Strolling along the Champs-Elysées|
|L'Arc de Triomphe|
|One of my favorite sculptures, on L'Arc de Triomphe, by François Rude|
|Even got to see a military parade up to it as they were preparing to lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier below|
We had a great seafood-themed dinner with fish soup, baked white fish & roasted tomatoes, red peppers & onions, and then took the metro over to our friend Kasey's house to spend the evening with her and our other friend Kaitlin. We enjoyed our giant bottle of chardonnay that cost a whopping 4.20 euro & was absolutely delicious, then took the metro back to our house for the night. All in all, not a bad first day in Paris!