Running, Travel

Bonjour!

That’s right folks, Run With Pup has gone international!

In my professional life I’m an International Educator, and I work for a study abroad program that’s based in Aix-en-Provence, France. I studied at IAU College as a student, and now I have the pleasure of working in our U.S. Office. One of the my favorite aspects of my job is the opportunity to travel internationally. Over the last two weeks I’ve coordinated a traveling study abroad program for students in France and Spain.

While traveling I try to fit in as many runs as possible. However, with all the walking we’ve done throughout the academic program I haven’t fit in as many as I’d hoped (after 4-5 miles walking I have a hard time pulling on the ‘sneaks!). But I’ve made the best of the times I’ve made it out.

My travels started in Paris, and the view from my room was absolutely beautiful.

The view from my hotel room near the Gare de Lyon. What you see here is a walking bridge that connects miles of Parisian neighborhoods.
I stayed near the Gare de Lyon. What you see here is a walking bridge that connects miles of Parisian neighborhoods.

On my first day in Paris I tried to beat the jet lag that was trying to lull me to sleep. I decided to combat it with my own walking tour of Paris. The students arrived the next day, and this was my chance to reacquaint myself with the area on my own.

What a beautiful fountain. During my first day in France I tried to beat the jet lag by taking myself on a two-hour walking tour (anything to keep from napping!). I ate a chocolate croissant while contemplating this fountain. A delicious decision!
What a beautiful fountain. My chocolate croissant tasted even better while viewing this square from my bench.

During my walk I encountered the below flyer advertising a local pet adoption…how tempting to bring a new critter home!

Do you think Hubs would let me bring home a Parisian pet?! Probably best not to find this out the hard way - ha!
Do you think Hubs would let me bring home a Parisian pet?! Probably best not to find this out the hard way – ha!

I then stopped to read my book on the banks of the Seine. What a beautiful day to meander through Paris!

I ended my walk with a book on the banks of the Seine. All-in-all, a great way to spend an afternoon.
I love the views of Paris…the city is just so beautiful!

During my walk I encountered many a Metro sign. I was tempted to hop on, but taking the Metro would defeat my attempt to stay awake through physical movement…but it would have felt oh so good to sit…and sleep – ha!

I just love the Metro signs in Paris!
I just love the Metro signs in Paris.

I ended my walk with a French dinner near the Gare de Lyon.

Why do I love France? Dining al fresco of course! And the great wine doesn't hurt...
Why do I love France? Dining al fresco of course! And the great wine doesn’t hurt…

Later in the week I went for a quick 2.5 mile run, and I came across the Bastille. How cool is it to run through an area steeped in so much history!

Place de la Bastille - The July Column is a monument erected to commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution.  How cool is it to run in such a historic location!
Place de la Bastille – The July Column is a monument erected to commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution. Talk about cool!

I hoped you’ve enjoyed this brief tour of Paris. More to come from Aix-en-Provence and Barcelona soon. In the meantime, you can check out more adventures on Instagram. I’m excited to share these experiences with you!

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10 thoughts on “Bonjour!”

  1. That must be amazing! Not only do you get to visit these amazing places, but you get a perspective much different than the tourist. I’m off to see your instagram page now.

  2. Oh my gosh, how could anyone read this and NOT BE EXCITED!!!! Wow, what amazing views and yum, my stomach is growling from looking at that pasta picture!!! Ohhhh yummy!!! I’m so happy you’re having fun and enjoying life to the fullest!!! YAAY!!!!

    1. Thanks, Kristin!! I feel so blessed to have these experiences. And the food and beautiful views don’t hurt! Just my waistline is hurting from all the pasta and delicious food 😉 Haha!

      1. Haha, well, I know you are just as fabulous as ever!!! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying yourself and living an amazing life!!! So great!!!

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