Being a Sunday, it’s safe to say that most of the apartment was dead asleep when some of us woke up to go on the neighborhood tour led by one of the CEA coordinators, Radka. It was short, but helpful covering easy stuff like the post office, grocery, restaurant/bar suggestions. From an entire apartment building of 7 floors of apartments, there were less than 10 of us. Probably the late night before had something to do with it…
Not wanting to give the day up to sleep, a roommate, Meagan, and I decided to grab a French Macaron from Paul (They had Pistache!!, mon favori). Then, we hopped onto the metro (really steep escalators) and made our way to the Old Town Square to grab some brochures and take some pics. Our cameras died by the time we got there the other day.
From there, we walked around the Jewish Quarter for a bit, by all the designer stores: Cartier next to Prada next to Dior and Hermes, you get the idea. Then, we wandered along the river back up to the Charles Bridge and found the love locks again. Anyone who’s seen me since this summer has probably seen my favorite picture from Paris of the Old English Squire Lock with the Notre Dame in the background. Well, I found a BUNCH more locks here.
Prague vs. Paris locks
We also found the famous John Lennon Wall. It’s right around the corner of my school.
Finally, I went to church at Our Lady Victorious, just a few tram stops from my apartment. The mass was in French, there were less than 15 people there, and it was really short with little music, but the church itself was gorgeous and I at least understood some of the homily; even with the echoes.
Tonight is the Superbowl night, and my apartment is going to some bar near the Old Town to watch it. I’m feeling pretty dead, so I’ll let you know if I end up going. The game doesn’t even start till 12:30…
No classes on Monday, but they start this week!
Definitely check out the rest of my pictures… CLICK
Palms are a bit different here… I was surprised to find these in church on Palm Sunday. Utterly exquisite.
Happy Easter! I hope that everyone had an amazing, relaxed, and blessed day.
I went to church this morning where I normally go- Our Lady Victorious. Mass was great, except many tourists decided it was ok to take pictures during mass…even with their iPads? Never seen that before. 24 Priests were visiting from India and the Philippines, so they did get together for a group shot afterwards.
After church, Meagan, Brittany, and I decided to climb the gigantic hill overlooking Prague- Petrin Hill. It has the copy of the Eiffel Tower on top (1/3 the size, but taller than the original if you include the hill!) The views were amazing. The weather was flawless- got to wear shorts?? Unheard of. :)
One of my friends had shot gunning A beer (nothing crazy!) with a great view on her bucket list…so that happened w/ Prague Castle in the background.
I definitely hope to have time to go back up the hill for a few picnics before leaving! I also got to have the things I gave up for lent. Always so satisfying! :) On to the week, but the last few days in Prague have had many great memories!
Veselé Velikonoce! CLICK for pics from the weekend!
Last weekend marked my fourth and last Parents Weekend at USC. Thursday night my parents and oldest brother drove in, and we started the weekend out with a huge burger from Pawley’s Front Porch. Early Friday morning, my sister and brother-in-law Dominique and Jason got into Columbia!
We made the rounds to different receptions both for the Honors College and the President.
Then…the annual trip to Nonnah’s. A slice of Triple Mousse Cake was calling my name. And thanks to a new cake cutter, it was bigger than usual! Delicious.
Saturday means Gameday! This year, Kelly and I decided to try something different… the Parents Weekend 5K. That’s right, my 2nd 5K, just one week after my first! It was pouring beforehand, but when the race began, it was only drizzling, and we managed to beat my old time by about a minute and a half! Exhausting, early, but so fun!
Also, my friends and I finally got everyone together, parents and all at Original House of Pancakes.
Then, after a nice walk around 5 Pts for some shopping :) …we made our way to the stadium for the Parents Weekend Tailgate!
Game time rolled around, and I found out that Jason got me 2 Pre-Game Sideline Passes!! One of my friends, and Freshman year roommate, Molly went on the field with me. It was amazing to get to see the players close and make the tunnel for 2001 yet again!
We played Vanderbilt, and won. :)
Sunday, we enjoyed a breakfast together before Dominique and Jason left then everyone else came to church with me followed by the Honors College Picnic!
A weekend I won’t forget anytime soon. Can’t believe it’s over!
Since arriving in Montréal yesterday, the temperature has not been above 22 F and somehow it’s been refreshing and nice. And yes, this is coming from someone currently living in South Carolina. True, at night it gets even colder and the wind can be a bit intense, but walking outside has been great.
To get our bearings, we ate at a fantastic French restaurant last night- Au Bistro Gourmet. The food was amazing from the fresh salad to the flank steak with fries (classic) and the chocolate mousse. (Or my Mom’s amazing fruit crêpe- no nutella and banana here!)
Today, we went to mass at Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde in French of course. The cathedral was beautiful with pastel colors and the cantor had one of the best voices I’ve heard in awhile. It wasn’t too full, but it’s always nice going to mass in different countries- see the trend?!
From there, I admit, with it being the coldest it’ll be today and tomorrow, we wandered the shops, enjoyed a coffee break (successful time ordering en français bien sûr. Nous avons eu un café au lait et deux macarons. Quelles sont les saveurs? Citron et café.)
For dinner, we found a fun microbrewery restaurant- Les 3 Brassuers then once it started getting dark, enjoyed crêpes! J’ai eu la crêpe avec du nutella et des fraises et ma mère avait une avec des noix et du miel. Délicieux!
So I know you think all I’ve done is eaten so far…workout tonight? Done. AND tomorrow we’re taking a tour of some major sites (it’ll be the coldest day yet! 18F?) so look forward to another post!