I’m so sad writing this entry because it marks the end of my Europe trip! After visiting Poland, Germany, and France, I’m sad to let this trip seep back into my memory, but it turned out to be pretty amazing. I’m glad I got to spend a day in Marseille, too, which turned out to be way too warm, but nice closing city before taking an overnight bus back to Paris and then straight to the airport from the station.

In Marseille, I loved exploring the old port, Notre Dame de Marseille, the Marseille Cathedral, Palais Longchamp (a beautiful garden area), Fort Saint Jean (even though it was closed), and the MUCEM Marseille (which looks like a giant box of concrete lace). And what better way to end a trip to France? I delicious French seafood dinner paired with local wine. Goodbye Europe, until next time!

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A French Marseille voyage photo adventure:

While I didn’t spend much time in Nimes near the end of my time in France, I definitely wanted to make it there to see the Arena of Nimes especially since I got a special entrance ticket that covered Roman ruins in both Orange and Nimes. The arena was incredibly impressive and there was so much information that the individualized audio tour offered that it was nearly impossible to not spend hours upon hours learning all about Roman history and the gladiators that fought in this arena. It’s strange to think that they fought in the same arena that I explored in person!

Beyond just the arena, Nimes also has a beautiful Maison Carrée Roman temple for visitors to see as well as La Tour Magne, a stone watchtower from the Augustinian era of the Roman Empire. Best of all there was also the Pont du Gard, which was well worth its entrance fee since I got there right before the sun was setting, which means I got to see this amazing aqueduct bridge in perfect light and then lit up in beautiful colors once it was night. Besides, who doesn’t love picnics by the water besides an incredibly famous part of Roman empire history?

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A French Nimes voyage photo adventure:

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My final day in Paris was like a very full dream. First I started off in Montmartre. This neighborhood is actually quite like parts of San Francisco because it’s one giant hill that used to be home to all the artists including Vincent Van Gough. Of course while in the Montmartre neighborhood I rode the mini train up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which is free to visit unless you want a more extensive tour, which I did not do. This area is also home to the infamous Moulin Rouge and its fancy windmills, which for sure you also have to breeze by. After taking some pictures of these windmills, I made my way over the Rodin Museum. The only super disappointing thing about the Rodin Museum is that The Thinker was under renovation so it was pretty much completely covered up! Everything else was beautiful though, despite the rain.

My second to last stop of the day was Musée d’Orsay, which (like the Louvre) has such an extensive collection of art that it’s nearly impossible to see everything. I did try though (it helped that some of it was closed off due to renovation, too). My absolute favorites were the Monets, the Salvador Dalí pieces, and museum’s extensive Vincent Van Gough collection. What a great visit and totally worth it especially right before heading back to the Eiffel Tower for a view of this beautiful architectural masterpiece at night!

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A French Parisian voyage photo adventure: