Besties Take Europe | Study Abroad Week 8 | Bruges and Brussels, Belgium & Paris, France

You know you have a great friend when they buy a plane ticket to visit you in Paris before you've even bought your own flight! My friend Kacy flew all the way to Paris for her spring break and we had such a fun week together! 

Before she arrived, I gave Kacy very specific instructions on how to get from the huge Charles de Gaulle airport, to my apartment on the other side of the city. Little did she know that I was actually planning on surprising her at the airport! I learned though that surprising people at the airport isn't as easy as it sounds, especially when you don't have phone service! I initially found Kacy quite easily. While staying hidden, I saw her through a glass wall at the baggage claim and was planning on bumping into her on the other side of the final security doors. But once she retrieved her luggage, I lost track of her! After searching all over the airport for my long lost friend, I decided to give up and just head back to my apartment so he wouldn't get stuck outside waiting for me. Luckily, Kacy followed my initial directions to a T,  so on the way back to the metro, I found her buying a train ticket! She was definitely surprised to see me and it was so great to be reunited after months apart <3

We dropped off her luggage at my apartment and then headed straight away for a bus to BELGIUM! Neither one of us had ever been before, and I had an extra day off from class, so we thought why not go for a quick weekend trip?!

The highlight of our weekend in Belgium was definitely our day trip to Bruges! Bruges is known as the "Venice of the North" with its narrow canals and windy roads. It was such a quaint town and we spent the entire afternoon exploring, sampling the cuisine, and of course, taking pictures! 



We spent a majority of our weekend in Brussels where we did lots of shopping and ate too many waffles and fries (if that's even possible?!). We enjoyed a nice stew dinner at Le Fin de Siècle and before taking our midday bus back to Paris, we got brunch at Peck 47. Super yummy!


The highlight of the week was definitely visiting DISNEYLAND PARIS!!! Kacy is a huge Disney fan, which made going with her, out of all people, so much more fun! I, on the other hand, had only been to Disneyland California when I was younger. So I was really excited to relive a piece of my childhood!

At Disneyland, we got to meet Minnie Mouse (see iPhone pics at the end!), ride the Hotel Tower of Terror twice, and see the Star Wars show! I'm a huge Star Wars nerd, thanks to my dad and brother, so just imagine me freaking out when the stormtroopers paraded right past me and Chewbacca roared out of nowhere. Kacy said she had never seen me so excited before!

We were also fortunate enough to have the most beautiful weather, which just added to magnificence of the day! Our visit ended with the incredible firework show at Cinderella's castle where I decided that Disneyland just might be the happiest place on Earth. <3

My favorite part of the firework show was when they transformed the castle into Notre Dame cathedral and showed an animation of Quasimodo climbing up the tower! It was a fun little reminder that we were in Paris!


The rest of the week included going to the top of the Montparnasse Tower, a Fat Tire bike tour with a sunset cruise on the Seine, celebrating St. Patrick's Day with my fellow international students, and eating lots of French food (like steak & frites at Le Relais de l'Entrecôte and hot chocolate at Angelina!). The weather was so perfect in Paris that week; Kacy visited during the perfect time because all of the cherry blossom trees had just started blooming!

Kacy knows how much I've been missing doing shoots, so she let me take lots of pictures of her in the Petit Palais courtyard, which made my photographers' heart so very happy :) Springtime is my favorite season, so she even snapped some shots of me with the fluffy pink trees!

Thanks for visiting best friend and I can't wait to be reunited soon!

iPhone Pictures

Thoughts of the Week:

What I’m loving right now: Parisian cafés. I'm actually sitting at a cute little café in my neighborhood right now as I'm writing this blog post :P They're just such an essential part of Parisian culture!

What I’m not loving right now:  The fact that peanut butter here costs $6 for a tiny tub of Skippy. I finally just caved and bought one; sometimes you just need a pb&j! 

What I’m surprised about: That Belgian waffles in Belgium aren't that good! The brunch waffle from Peck 47 was really yummy, but the street waffles were just okay! Hmmmm.

Favorite moment: Watching the Disneyland firework show with my best friend

Favorite travel item: Adidas Superstar sneakers! They are so comfy for walking around all day and you don't even have to take them off when going thru security at airports. I have the all-white ones and wear them all. the. time.