Hello! My name is Lanie, and I am a Junior majoring in Chemistry on the Pre-Medical Track!
I spent the month of June in Paris, France with the ISA Arts and French Language Program.
Paris is an expensive city with lots to do and see, so here are some of my favorite free activities that I did during my time in Paris.
These gardens are gorgeous and were my favorite place to eat lunch. There are lots of fountains and greenery. It is a great place to sit and people watch for hours on a nice day. There are ice cream stands and drink stands nearby if you want to have a treat while you sit. There are also tiny boats in one of the fountains you can race if you pay. I loved reading in this garden and chatting with my classmates after class.
As a Chemistry major, I knew I had to visit the Musée Curie, which is home to Marie Curie’s lab and Pierre Curie’s office. It is a small museum that only takes about 30 minutes to visit, but it is free and a must see for anyone interested in chemistry and science. It is only open Wednesday through Saturday, so make sure to see if it is open before visiting!
If you want a true Parisian experience, be sure to visit Buttes Chaumont. It is an English style park that used to be a stone quarry. Many Parisians spend their time here jogging, walking, picnicking, and hanging out. It is on the outskirts of Paris, but it is beautiful and a place not many people know about.
Eiffel Tower (while it’s sparkling)
Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle is a must see for sure! Every night when it gets dark, the Eiffel Tower sparkles for 5 minutes every hour until 1 AM. It is breathtaking and a great way to start and end your trip to Paris.