Journées du Patrimoine

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Last week, for fun, I downloaded a pedometer app on my phone to track how much I’m walking around the city and can I tell you I downloaded at exactly the right time. According to my app I took 49,263 steps this weekend (Friday - Sunday). The app suggests you get at least 3000 steps a day, I averaged 16,421 (with record breaking 21,132 on Friday). Needless to say my feet hurt pretty bad by Sunday night. All this walking was done for several different reasons. The first being a serious case of something between fear of missing out and wanderlust. I start my job as a teaching assistant next Wednesday (AH) and I’ve been trying to take as much advantage of my free time as possible. Plus it’s going to get cold in Paris VERY soon and then we won’t see the sun for months and I’m desperate to enjoy it while I can.The second, and probably more import reason for my adventuring this weekend was Journées européennes du patrimoine - or more simply Heritage Weekend in Europe. Which is this wonderful holiday happening all over Europe on the third weekend in September celebrating the history, culture, and heritage of each individual country. Just about every monument, government or historical building, or museum that is not normally free or open to the public is for this weekend and then have guided programs for each (seriously, this is such an awesome idea. Remind me why we don’t do this in the US?). So my weekend was split into three wonderful days of exploring, adventuring, and doing a marathons worth of walking. I’ll split the three days into three posts (cause let’s be honest, I’ve already said way too much).Saturday (which the the pictures above are from) was spent exploring the incredibly beautiful Hôtel de Ville (Paris’ city hall / houses the Senate and looks like a mini Versailles); sipping free whiskey at La Maison du Whisky (because who can say no to a free tasting at 2 in the afternoon?); and fan girling at the massive tennis Roland Garros (where the French Open is played). Overall 10/10 day would do it many more times again (except for that night when I got super lost not only once but twice trying to meet up with friends le whoops)
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