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Photographs of Paris Part 2

Today’s blog post is the second portion of a blog first posted on July 11th. The post and photos were contributed by Wendoly Espitia, who studied abroad with ISA High School in Aix-en-Provence in 2015.

The Palace at Versailles

ISA provides a day excursion to the Versailles château, built by king Louis XIV, a man with legs that put Beyoncé to shame. The intricate and extravagant decor of this palace is breathtaking. Also, the gardens are beautiful. Great to relax for a sandwich or listen to classical music and feel like royalty.

Bateau Tour on the SeineWendoly Espitia - Boat Tour

The trip on the boat, which took us to some of the greatest sites of Paris, was personally one of my favorite parts of our time in the city. After the exhaustion from walking around the grandiose Versailles palace, this relaxing boat ride felt marvelous. The view was sublime, with top-notch views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Pont de l’Archevêché. The Seine river is mesmerizingly lovely; just be careful not to get sunburnt!

Pont de l’Archevêché (Locks Bridge)

Although we were not taken to the Locks Bridge with the class, during some of our allotted free time, some other students and I decided to visit this powerful site. The bridge, covered in the locks of past and present lovers, carries such a strong feeling when you cross it that you can sense the contagiousness of nostalgia and love in the air. Wendoly Espitia - Lock BridgeThere is a certain solemnity that comes with seeing all these locks bunched up upon one another and wondering how many of these loves were lost;and yet there is a subtle comfort in remembering the joy carried in the brief moment in which somebody latched a lock onto the very bridge where you can place your own. It was a beautiful site, and if there is one word of advice I can give, it is to use your valuable free time to explore the other gems of Paris, however weary you may feel. You never know what magic you might stumble across.

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