The Princeton women's soccer team is spending its spring break in Paris. Members of the team will send a blog entry each day to be posted on the women's soccer page at GoPrincetonTigers.com.
Day 8 by junior Gabrielle Ragazzo
This morning began pretty early when we set off at 9 a.m. via metro for the U.S. Embassy. When we got to the embassy, we had to go through pretty extensive security that included a passport check, metal detectors, and we had to give up our phones so we couldn’t take any pictures. After that, we got to meet Jonathan Cohen, Princeton class of ’85, who is the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. He told us all about his life as a foreign service officer and he showed us around the Embassy. He even took us to see the ambassador’s office, which was huge and really special because normally it’s not open to the public. We were then given the rest of the tour by another woman who works at the embassy, who coincidentally had warned us for talking too loud on the metro a few days before (awkward…). We got to see a lot of pictures of Ben Franklin, who was the U.S. Ambassador to France.
From there, we had the rest of the day to explore the beautiful city. The team split off into three groups. One group went sightseeing and shopping in Monmarte (the highest point in Paris), and then to the Louvre. Another group went to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. Some of us (including myself) set off in the direction of the Jewish quarter of Paris, a place with art, shops, and authentic falafel stands. On the way, we passed the Notre Dame Cathedral and pretty outdoor markets. Downey stopped and got hot chocolate from what is apparently John Kerry’s favorite chocolate shop (in France “hot chocolate” is basically chocolate fondue in a cup, and it was delicious).
At the Jewish quarter we walked around the shops for awhile and sat in the grass at a park in the middle of the area. There wasn’t a lot to buy within our college student budget, but it was a nice day to be walking around outside. A few people got “milkshakes” which turned out to literally be milk that had been shaken around in a cup. After getting dinner at a falafel stand (incredible) we set off for the Louvre just as the sun started to set. At the Louvre we were part of a large crowd to get our turn to see the Mona Lisa. It was much smaller than I imagined it would be, but it was awesome to see in person. We then walked through the Ancient Egypt exhibits complete with gold mummies and hieroglyphics. I would’ve needed about two more days to see all of the exhibits, but eventually we returned to the hotel. We met up as a team and had a fun night out on the town in Paris.
Day 7 Blog Entry by Liana Cornacchio
Day 6 Blog Entry by Liana Cornacchio
Day 5 Blog Entry by Lauren Lazo
Day 4 Blog Entry by Liana Cornacchio
Day 3 Blog Entry by Melissa Downey
Day 1/2 Blog Entry by Darcy Hargadon