I was reading my friend’s year abroad blog the other day and remembered why I’d been so excited for blogging this year. She’s already created such a lovely selection of memories to look back on whenever she wants to, and now that I’m over halfway through my time in Paris, I’m feeling very annoyed with myself for not updating this enough.
So, I am going to set myself the challenge of posting at least once a week. If I say it publicly on here then I’ll have to stick to it, right?
For this week’s post I wanted to talk about the long weekend. Tuesday (1st November) was a Bank Holiday in France (All Saint’s Day). On Friday my boss came up to me and told me I didn’t need to come in on Monday! I was so happy!! A four day weekend!!
To set the weekend off I went on a dinner cruise with my great aunt and uncle who live in Chantilly, close to Paris. We had a beautiful meal on the Seine, and floating past a sparkling Eiffel Tower was a particular favourite of mine!
Sunday evening I went to Franglish and I’m really noticing an improvement in my french! I could understand almost everything!! My speaking still isn’t great which is annoying because I feel like I have the vocabulary and grammar knowledge but it just won’t come together.. This guy however gave me some great tips, including listening to french podcasts and writing down what I can hear, then repeating until I get it perfect and have memorised the phrases, and then using and modifying those phrases in daily life. I will definitely be trying it!
Monday I had to do a bit of translation for work but was done by about 2/3pm. I went for a walk down to the Centre Georges Pompidou but the queue was way too long for the amount of time I’d be able to spend in there so explored the area a little, stumbling upon Les Halles (how have I never been there before?!).
I then headed home and then the fun began!! I’m going to have a whole different post on what I went as for Halloween but let’s just say it was super fun!! (though a little time consuming lol). My housemate and I went to a party and had a really nice time 🙂
Tuesday I thankfully wasn’t hungover!! I had another chilled out day at home, doing some more of my drawing and finishing new girl ( 😥 ) though I don’t think I’ve actually finished, the French nextflix doesn’t have season 5! So I will be researching where to watch that in the near future haha..
Then I went for dinner with Eleanor, after seeing her flat (which is lovely) we went to a restaurant called Le TrésOr. Although this was kind of expensive, it was definitely worth it for a bank holiday treat!! I got a steak with béarnaise sauce and aligot, a creamy cheesy mash potato which I still can’t stop thinking about!! It was so so so so amazing like genuinely highly recommend!!